What to Watch For: Giants vs. Bengals

The Giants Beat takes a look at the major matchups and storylines for the National Television showdown in the Meadowlands.

The New York Giants will play the Cincinnati Bengals at MetLife Stadium for the first time in four years. Sitting at 3-4-1, the Bengals are struggling to find their rhythm, while Big Blue attempts to secure a top spot in the NFC Wild Card race. This will be a fun matchup with some elite talent so its a cant-miss.

Here's what to watch for in Monday's game:
One of the key matchups will be between Bengals' WR A.J. Green and Giants CB Janoris Jenkins. Green is an absolute monster on the field. He leads the NFL in receptions and is second in the league in receiving yards. But Jenkins knows this all too well as the two NFL stars played against each other in their college days. The young CB has covered some top wide-outs this season and is ready for the challenge. He has a huge defensive presence with 10 pass deflections and 2 interceptions so far this season. Watching the two go head to head will be extremely competitive. 
The Giants' running game has not been effective, but Coach McAdoo is optimistic about progressing. Giants' RB Paul Perkins had a great game in last week's contest, showcasing his speed and aggression. While veteran Rashad Jennings has been struggling, the Giants are still likely to split the backfield between the two with Perkins still developing. With the Giants' go-to LG Justin Pugh sidelined due to injury, it might put a further strain on the running game. Looks like Eli Manning and his lethal trio of receivers won't be finishing anytime soon, but look for Perkins to make big contributions. 
Overall, it will be a game full of newcomers stepping up in crucial situations. TE Jerell Adams and WR Roger Lewis should get more snaps. Rookie safety Andrew Adams is also creating a name for himself after his exciting interception last week. Adams took on a more active role while other safeties were injured and proved to excel quickly. Even with the return of Nat Berhe, he will continue his role as a starter, impressing McAdoo with his progress. The team is backed by a group of young guys with something to prove and it should be fun watching them step up to the challenge.

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