NFL Football

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Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
NY Giants 7 3 3 6 19
Cincinnati 7 3 0 7 17
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10:00 AM PT11:00 AM MT12:00 PM CT1:00 PM ET18:00 GMT2:00 11:00 AM MST1:00 PM EST12:00 PM CT22:00 UAE13:00 ET16:00 , November 29, 2020
Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio  Weather: 52°, Cloudy  Attendance: 10,208

Giants-Bengals Preview

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New York Giants at Cincinnati Bengals

  1. The Bengals are 6-4 all-time against the Giants, but have lost in four of the last six meetings. Eight of the 10 games in this series have been decided by one score.
  2. The Giants have won back-to-back games after defeating the Eagles, 27-17, last week. New York hasn't won three straight games since 2016 (six straight games, including a 21-20 win over Cincinnati).
  3. The Bengals lost to Washington, 20-9, and also lost Joe Burrow for the season to a left knee injury. Burrow ranks third in times hit (77) times knocked down (76) and times sacked (32) this year.
  4. Daniel Jones completed a career-best 75.0 percent of his passes in the win over the Eagles. Jones has 13 turnovers this season, tied for the second most in the NFL, but hasn't one in the past two games.
  5. Wayne Gallman Jr. is first Giant since Andre Brown in 2012 to rush for a touchdown in four straight games. Gallman Jr. had just three rushing TDs in his career prior to the streak (five during).
  6. Ryan Finley finished last week with a 0.0 passer rating after throwing 10 passes. The only Bengal to have a 0.0 passer rating with more attempts was Scott Mitchell on October 15, 2000 (16 attempts).
Team Comparison

New York
 
Cincinnati
19.5 Points 21.3
214.0 Pass Yds 273.4
110.5 Rush Yds 101.9
15 Takeaways 10
(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Despite losing their first five games and starting 3-7, the New York Giants find themselves in a surprising playoff derby in the NFC East.

The Giants are in the thick of it and have already beaten divisional rivals Washington (4-7) twice, and split games with Philadelphia (3-6-1).

Now they go on the road to face Cincinnati (2-7-1) on Sunday and are in position to take advantage of the Bengals' recent misfortune. Rookie quarterback Joe Burrow suffered a season-ending knee injury in last week's loss to Washington, and the Bengals are expected to start either practice-squad QB Brandon Allen or Ryan Finley, who seemed overwhelmed when he had to enter the game suddenly after the team's franchise QB was carted off.

Before a bye week, the Giants beat the Eagles 27-7 after they squeaked by Washington 23-20. With six games to play, they're trying not to think about the possibility of the playoffs - yet.

"It's kind of hard for us to look that far ahead," defensive end Leonard Williams acknowledged "If we do something like that, we might mess around and overlook a team."

The Giants realize it's unusual for a team to start the way they did and not be dwelling in the divisional basement, playing out the games with eye on next season - like the Bengals.

"It's a unique opportunity for us," New York tight end Evan Engram said. "Yeah, it's a lot of meaningful football for us. We're heading into it with the right mindset, getting ready for it."

The renewed energy and hope generated by Burrow's exciting play in Cincinnati was extinguished when he was sandwiched between two Washington defenders after throwing a pass Sunday. His left knee was bent in an unnatural direction. It's not an overstatement to say the team was in shock.

"We don't have any time to hang our heads and feel sorry for ourselves," Bengals second-year coach Zac Taylor said.

CHANGING IT UP

This will be the Giants' first game with Dave DeGuglielmo in charge of the offensive line. Before the bye week, coach Joe Judge fired O-line assistant Marc Colombo. Judge wanted to hire DeGuglielmo as a consultant, and Colombo objected a little too much.

After a slow start, the young line has been performing well, particularly in establishing the running game. New York has gained at least 100 yards rushing in six of the last seven games.

GROUND DOWN

Cincinnati's offense was forced to become even more one-dimensional after featured back Joe Mixon went out with a foot injury suffered in Week 6 against the Colts. His backup is the sturdy Giovani Bernard, known more for his reliable blocking and pass catching. He is questionable after dealing with a concussion.

Between Bernard and Samaje Perine, the Bengals managed just 37 yards on 14 carries last week.

KICKING COVID-19

Giants kicker Graham Gano tested positive for COVID-19 after the Philadelphia game on Nov. 15. There is a chance he will be back Sunday. Gano, who has made 20 straight field goal attempts, has been isolating in a hotel room. He recently released a video showing him kicking into a net in his room.

If Gano cannot play, the Giants probably will use Ryan Santoso. He was added to roster recently from the practice squad.

QB QUANDARY

Neither Finley nor Allen has distinguished himself thus far in the NFL. Allen started three games for Denver last year and has been the Bengals' practice squad quarterback this season. Finley, who has been Burrow's backup, was unremarkable in three games last year when Andy Dalton was benched. Coming in after Burrow was injured last week, Finley was 3 for 10 for 30 yards and tossed an interception.

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AP Sports Writer Tom Canavan contributed.

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Updated November 27, 2020

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