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Monday, November 12, 2012
Report Card: Failing in Cincinnati

By Ohm Youngmisuk

Here's a report card for the Giants from their 31-13 loss to the Bengals on Sunday.



The Giants started Andre Brown with a no-huddle package to open the game but Ahmad Bradshaw still saw more carries (10) than Brown (7). In the first half, the Giants rushed just six times for 16 yards, but Bradshaw and Brown helped the Giants rush for 113 yards and a touchdown in the second half, most coming when the game was out of hand. Bradshaw did lose a fumble in the third quarter that started a streak of three consecutive turnovers.



Eli Manning's slump is in full effect. He has not thrown for a touchdown in three straight games now. He cracked 200 yards for the first time in three games but threw two costly interceptions that led to two Bengals touchdowns. The Giants offensive line also allowed four sacks and eight quarterback hits.

Victor Cruz uncharacteristically dropped a touchdown and had just three catches for 26 yards. The only thing the Giants passing game could do was short intermediate passes to Hakeem Nicks, who had his best game since Week 2 with nine catches for 75 yards.



The Giants did a much better job of defending the run after getting handled by the Steelers a week ago. They held BenJarvus Green-Ellis to 50 yards on 15 carries and the Bengals to a total of 76 yards on the ground.

Cincinnati's running game, which averaged 2.7 yards a carry, was largely held in check.



Andy Dalton had a career day with four touchdown passes, including a 56-yarder to A.J. Green that opened the flood gates early. Green had seven catches for 85 yards. The offense and special teams didn't help by putting the defense in poor field position but they needed some stops in the red zone and were unable to deliver.

The Giants failed to collect a sack or interception and offered little resistance through the air against Cincinnati when the game was on the line.



The punt return coverage team gave up a critical 68-yard punt return by Adam "Pacman" Jones that led to the Bengals' second touchdown after Justin Tryon was flagged for being out of bounds on an initial punt by Steve Weatherford that went 61 yards.

But Chase Blackburn did force a Brandon Tate fumble which Will Hill recovered and that led to one of Lawrence Tynes' two field goals. David Wilson continues to be held in check on kickoff returns.



The Giants gave up a 56-yard touchdown on the first drive and were down 14-0 less than five minutes into the game. The offense tried short intermediate passes to get going but the Giants continue to struggle to score touchdowns.

The defense couldn't get enough stops and special teams had another shaky moment. Overall, the Giants looked like they were in bye mode a week early against a team that had lost four straight games.