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Game Preview: Giants vs. Bengals

The Giants Beat takes a sneak peek at this week's Monday Night matchup.

The New York Giants are ready to host the Cincinnati Bengals in their fourth primetime game of the season.

            After watching every NFC East team—the Washington Redskins, Dallas Cowboys, and Philadelphia Eagles—win their week 10 matchup, pressure is higher than ever for the Giants.

            A win would move the Giants to a 6-3 overall record. Furthermore, a win would place the Giants a game ahead of the Eagles and Redskins, two teams fighting for the wild card spot the Giants possess.

            The Bengals, on the other hand, own an underwhelming 3-4-1 record. A loss would make a Bengals playoff appearance just about unimaginable, as the Bengals are fighting for a wild card spot within a very competitive AFC conference.

            The New York Giants have officially ruled out WR Victor Cruz and OG Justin Pugh. LB Jonathan Casillas, S Andrew Adams and DE Kerry Wynn remain questionable for the matchup. Expect WR Roger Lewis to receive a heavy load of playing time while filling in for the absence of Cruz. G @Brett Joneswill take the place of Pugh at left guard. There is plausible reasoning for the Giants be hopeful in these two backups. Lewis has already reeled in two touchdowns this season, and Jones didn’t allow a single pressure in his near three quarters of play during last week’s game against the Eagles.

            As for the Bengals, LB Rey Maualuga, is the only player that has been officially ruled out. DE Michael Johnson and WR James Wright both have a chance to play, as they are questionable to play. The Giants will certainly benefit from the absence of Maualuga, the Bengals starting middle linebacker. Vincent Rey will fill the role of the injured Maualuga.

            Keep an eye on DT Geno Atkins vs. G Brett Jones. While Jones did play extremely well last week, Atkins is thought to be a top 3 defensive tackle in the entire league. Expect C Weston Richburg to assist Jones with the task of blocking Atkins.

            You can catch the game at 8:25 PM EST on ESPN, as WR AJ Green needs 104 yards to become the second player of all time (Randy Moss) to cap 1,000 yards in six straight seasons.


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