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GAME THREAD: Bengals at Giants, 1pm
12 years ago  ::  Sep 21, 2008 - 4:53PM #1
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12 years ago  ::  Sep 21, 2008 - 4:55PM #2
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Cincinnati at NY Giants

1:00 PM ET, September 21, 2008
Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ


CIN 0-2 17 41 0-1 0-1 0-1 0-2
NYG 2-0 57 20 1-0 1-0 1-0 2-0
· Complete Standings

Individual Leaders

Cincinnati Passing
Palmer 49.0 228 0 3

NY Giants Passing
Mannin... 60.9 476 3 1

Cincinnati Rushing
Perry 40 106 2.7 1
Watson 6 27 4.5 0

NY Giants Rushing
Jacobs 36 209 5.8 0
Ward 17 97 5.7 0

Cincinnati Receiving
Houshm... 6 70 11.7 0
Johnso... 5 59 11.8 0

NY Giants Receiving
Burres... 15 214 14.3 1
Toomer 8 79 9.9 1

12 years ago  ::  Sep 21, 2008 - 4:57PM #3
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Bengals at Giants

(STATS LLC) -- The New York Giants looked determined to avoid last year's horrible two-game start in their first two contests of 2008. Now they'll try to stay focused -- and unbeaten -- with the Cincinnati Bengals coming to town.

A week after dominating woeful St. Louis, the Giants (2-0) try to keep rolling against another struggling opponent Sunday when they take on the Bengals (0-2) at the Meadowlands.

New York's ability to overcome an ugly 0-2 start in 2007 made its run to a Super Bowl title all the more memorable, but the Giants seemed determined to avoid putting themselves in a similar situation this year. New York handled Washington 16-7 in the opener, then put together an impressive all-around effort in blowing out St. Louis 41-13 last week.

The Giants defense looked outstanding again, sacking Marc Bulger six times and limiting St. Louis to 201 total yards. Justin Tuck led the way with two sacks and a 41-yard interception return for a touchdown, while Fred Robbins added two sacks for New York.

"Hopefully, this is the start of big things to come," Tuck said. "Six (sacks) today, but we had the opportunity to have more. You know, you're never satisfied."

The offense also looked better than it did in Week 1, when the unit followed an effective first half with a scoreless second one. Eli Manning threw three touchdown passes against the Rams and the Giants got a combined 203 yards rushing from Brandon Jacobs (93), Derrick Ward (58) and Ahmad Bradshaw (52).

The Giants, seeking their first 3-0 start since 2000, appear determined to quiet critics who claim that last season's championship was simply a case of a team getting hot at the right time.

"2-0 is a good spot to be. But we have a tough contest this week," Manning said. "So our focus is on getting ready for Cincinnati. We know we will have to play extremely well to win."

Coach Tom Coughlin's club had little trouble finding motivation against a weak St. Louis team, and the Giants will have to maintain that focus again when they face the Bengals. Cincinnati didn't look much better than the Rams did last week, falling 24-7 to a Tennessee team led by backup quarterback Kerry Collins.

The Bengals' Carson Palmer struggled amid windy conditions in Paul Brown Stadium, throwing for just 134 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions, and star receiver Chad Ocho Cinco was limited to four catches for 37 yards.

Cincinnati's offense has scored one touchdown in two games.

"I don't think, really, to tell you the truth, any of us are playing with any confidence right now," Ocho Cinco said. "I'm not sure why it is that way. We know the kind of swagger that I carry. My confidence is not where it needs to be at all. I'm sort of frustrated with the way things are going the past two games."

The Bengals could have a tough time against the formidable Giants ground attack. Cincinnati gave up 177 rushing yards to Tennessee and is 30th in the NFL with 203.0 allowed per game.

New York's biggest challenge may be getting to Palmer. While the Bengals have struggled offensively, they've allowed their quarterback to be sacked only three times -- tied for the fewest in the league.

"It seems like it's the end of the world to a lot of people," Palmer said. "This team has a lot of hope left. We have a lot to play for, a lot of pride. The Giants started 0-2 (last season). A lot can be done from 0-2."

Cincinnati leads the series with New York 5-2 and took the last meeting 23-22 on Dec. 26, 2004 at home. The Bengals won on Ocho Cinco's 4-yard touchdown catch from Jon Kitna with 44 seconds to play, dealing the Giants their eighth straight loss.

Manning, then a rookie, started and went 19-for-37 for 201 yards with no touchdowns and one interception.

The Bengals lost their only two road games against the Giants in 1994 and '97.

12 years ago  ::  Sep 21, 2008 - 5:02PM #4
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CBS Announcers: Dan Dierdorf, Greg Gumbel

12 years ago  ::  Sep 21, 2008 - 5:05PM #5
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Quick Take: Bengals (0-2) at Giants (2-0)


Dilip Vishwanat / Associated Press
The Bengals' 30th-ranked rush defense will be challenged by Giants RB Brandon Jacobs.

Last meeting
Wide receiver Chad Johnson scored on a 4-yard touchdown reception in the final minute to give the Bengals a 23-22 win over the Giants in the 2004 season finale.

Cincinnati has won five of the seven matchups between these two teams. Check out the historical matchup of the last five games.

Last week
The Bengals had a tough time with both the windy conditions and the Titans defense, losing their home opener, 24-7. ... The Giants took advantage of a sluggish Rams squad and left St. Louis with a convincing 41-13 triumph.

Keep your eye on ...
Carson Palmer's statistics: In his past three seasons, Palmer averaged nearly two touchdowns and 250 passing yards per game. Through two games this season, Palmer has yet to throw for a touchdown and has only 228 passing yards. For the Bengals to have any chance against a ferocious Giants defense, Palmer will need to return to the form he showed from 2005-07.

Jacobs vs. Dhani Jones: The Giants' Jacobs has been a force so far this season, rushing for 209 yards and a 5.8 per carry average. His bruising style is difficult for any team to defend, but Jones is familiar with him from his days with the Eagles, and he will have to stand strong as Jacobs barrels towards him in the middle.

Giants secondary: Though Chad Johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh have not done much this season, they are a threat to explode. Chances are the big breakout will have to wait a week with the Giants giving up just 129 passing yards a game through the first two weeks.

Diehl vs. Odom: Missing the entire preseason with an ankle injury, Bengals DE Antwan Odom had only one tackle in limited playing time in the opener but then recorded four tackles, a sack and a forced fumble against his old Titans teammates in Week 2. When healthy, Odom is a force, one that Giants LT David Diehl will have to deal with on Sunday.

Did you know?
When the Bengals have a positive turnover differential under coach Marvin Lewis they are 29-4. ... This will be Palmer's first meeting against the Giants. ... New York is seeking its first 3-0 start since the 2000 season. ... Giants wideout Amani Toomer needs 4 yards receiving to become the first player in franchise history to record 9,000 in his career.

12 years ago  ::  Sep 21, 2008 - 5:54PM #6
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Major trap game in that the Giants CBs are still suspect.
12 years ago  ::  Sep 21, 2008 - 6:20PM #7
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Note to Gilbride:


12 years ago  ::  Sep 21, 2008 - 6:47PM #8
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1st Quarter
FGShayne Graham, 22 yd field goal , 0:38. Drive: 12 plays, 59 yards in 6:20

2nd Quarter
TDBrandon Jacobs, 1 yd run (John Carney kick is good), 10:36. Drive: 9 plays, 80 yards in 5:02

12 years ago  ::  Sep 21, 2008 - 6:58PM #9
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Well, this was kind of unexpected.

10-7 CIN

G-Men look confused on defense in this particular quarter. Bengals are doing a good job mixing it up, but the Giants will figure it out eventually, right now they have to make sure that the Bengals don't start going on a scoring borage.

12 years ago  ::  Sep 21, 2008 - 6:59PM #10
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Take Dockery out. HE IS GOD AWFUL. He has been doing this last year and this year >.> BTW Did anyone see Robbins being held up before the TD? Where was the holding call?
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