- Jamison Hensley, ESPN Staff Writer
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What it means: In their first win over a team with a winning record in more than a year, the Bengals (4-5) ended their four-game losing streak and keep their faint playoff hopes alive. They did so in impressive style against the reeling defending Super Bowl champion Giants (6-4). Cincinnati cracked 30 points for the first time since its Sept. 23 win at Washington. This was the Bengals' second win in five home games this season.
Dalton's streak ends: Andy Dalton's streak of eight straight games with an interception is over. He responded with a career-high four touchdowns, completing 21 of 30 passes for 199 yards. Dalton started off fast with 161 yards and two touchdowns in the first half.
Green's streak continues: Defenses can't keep A.J. Green out of the end zone. This time, the Giants made it easy on Green. Going uncovered (cornerback Corey Webster thought he had safety help deep), Green just had to wait for Dalton's pass to score a 56-yard touchdown. It's his eighth straight game with a touchdown catch. Only two players (Randy Moss and Antonio Gates) have had longer streaks over the past 10 seasons.
Defense stands tall: The NFL's 20th-ranked defense looked like a top-10 one. The Bengals sacked Eli Manning four times and forced four turnovers. Cincinnati had just 11 takeaways in its previous eight games.
Capitalizing on mistakes: The Bengals put the game away in the third quarter, when they scored 14 points off a pair of turnovers (they had three turnovers total in the quarter). Interceptions by Pat Sims and Nate Clements led to Dalton 10-yard touchdown passes to Jermaine Gresham and Mohamed Sanu.
What's next: The Bengals play at the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.