Giants need to keep the ball rolling against the Bengals
The New York Giants shouldn’t have a problem winning their third straight game this coming Sunday as they prepare for a game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Here are some things to watch out for during the game:
Giants’ offensive line
With former offensive line coach Marc Colombo now out and Dave DeGuglielmo now in, I’ll be watching to see if the Giants’ offensive line continues to improve or whether they take a step back with a new coach that might be teaching things a little differently through the week.
Bengals’ WR Tee Higgins
Higgins has been Cincinnati’s second best receiver, just behind Tyler Boyd, with 43 receptions for 629 yards and four touchdowns so far in 2020. His overall Pro Football Focus grade is a 71.7 so far this season.
The biggest weakness for the Giants’ defense has been against the pass, so it will be interesting to see how they handle a player like Higgins with their number two cornerback position so much in flux this season.
Giants’ RB Wayne Gallman
One of the reasons the Giants’ offense has been clicking so well is the fact that their running game has been on point with Wayne Gallman and Alfred Morris handling the load with Devonta Freeman and Saquon Barkley both out with injuries.
Gallman in particular has been New York’s lead back and he has to be licking his chops because the Bengals’ run defense is one of the worst in the NFL, giving up over 136 yards on the ground per game.
Bengals’ S Jessie Bates III
Bates leads the Bengals with three interceptions so far this season and just snatched one up against quarterback Alex Smith and the Washington Football Team just this past Sunday.
A 2018 second round pick, Bates has been a stud this season with an overall PFF grade of a 91.0. He’s allowed 12 receptions while being targeted a total of 22 times.
Giants’ quarterback Daniel Jones has looked good the last two games by not turning the ball over. Someone he will need to be leery of is Bates, who will look to jump some routes over the middle.
Just last week we thought the Giants would be facing rookie quarterback Joe Burrow. But unfortunately he blew out his knee against the Washington Football Team this past Sunday. The bad news for Cincy fans is that Ryan Finley didn’t play well at all. But maybe with a full week of practice as the starter he’ll look better. We’ll have to wait and see what happens.
Then we have Giants’ quarterback Daniel Jones who should have his way with a bad Cincinnati pass defense. But he will have to make sure that he protects the football and makes smart decisions.