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Giants offensive struggles continue, Bengals lead 17-6

Eli Manning, Robert Geathers AP

Anyone expecting an instant fix for the Giants’ recent offensive woes was left disappointed by their play in the first half against the Bengals.

The Giants failed to convert their first four third downs and couldn’t get a touchdown on either of their trips inside the red zone, which leaves them behind 17-6 at halftime in Cincinnati. Eli Manning has rediscovered Hakeem Nicks — seven catches in the first half — but the Giants have just 16 rushing yards and Manning’s 15 completions have yielded only 107 yards against a Bengals defense that has been stingier than usual against the pass. Manning’s been more accurate, though, and that could lead to more success in the final 30 minutes.

Cincinnati started off hot and got a second quick touchdown after Adam Jones took a punt 64 yards to set them up on the Giants’ 10-yard line in the first quarter, but things slowed down a bit from there. Marvin Lewis opted to go for it on a pair of fourth downs, succeeding once, but the Giants defense has been able to keep the Bengals out of the end zone. They’ve also been able to limit the damage A.J. Green looked like he was going to do in the first few minutes of the game. Green had three catches for 70 yards on the first drive, but he’s got just three for 16 since that point.

The Giants will need to keep up that good work in the second half while also figuring out a way to get the offense rolling again if they want to avoid a second straight loss heading into their bye week.

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15 Responses to “Giants offensive struggles continue, Bengals lead 17-6”
  1. trbowman says: Nov 11, 2012 2:36 PM

    Bengals finally wising up and giving Ced Peerman more touches. Better runner than BJGE.

  2. zack2482 says: Nov 11, 2012 2:44 PM

    When turnovers dry up for the Giants they are a below average team with an average QB.

  3. giantlucksacks says: Nov 11, 2012 2:57 PM

    hey mr. wright – are the giants “rusty” and “going thru the motions” today like they were week 1 vs. dallas? LOL….

    this team is average unless they’re getting everything to bounce their way.. coach calls them out for being soft and they come out like toilet paper this week too…

  4. zack2482 says: Nov 11, 2012 2:57 PM

    Nice pass Eli!

  5. goldrush36 says: Nov 11, 2012 3:09 PM

    Lol where’s all the big mouths like mr wright that were teeing off last night about A.J. Green? He burned you early and your team looks sloppy. Im sure there will be excuses abound though

  6. gbpbacker84 says: Nov 11, 2012 3:17 PM

    wow, those people calling the nfc east the best division in football look pretty goofy now

  7. deathonwings410 says: Nov 11, 2012 3:27 PM

    Wow, the Giants have been out of it lately

  8. melikefootball says: Nov 11, 2012 3:33 PM

    And manning is talked of MVP…86 passes without a touchdown. OUCH!!!!! I’m glad big Mike came in and gave the G-men a raw raw ree talk!!!

  9. libertynchurch says: Nov 11, 2012 3:45 PM

    Coughlin needs to do some in-game benching, starting with Eli. Embarasment can be effective. Also, dont want to compound this arse-whoopin by getting somebody hurt.

    This swoon can, and will be, corrected! All that matters is that the GMen make the playoffs running on all cylinders.

  10. bengalguy says: Nov 11, 2012 3:46 PM

    AJ was right…..there’s holes ALL OVER you Defense!
    P.S. your Offense looks like Swiss cheese too!

  11. phillyphannn83 says: Nov 11, 2012 3:51 PM

    I know I have no room to talk because my team is garbage but I still love seeing the Ginas get smacked around. Only problem is now I can’t because the game is so bad, Fox just turned it off and switched to the ATL-NO game. Hahahaha. Manning Face returns!!!

  12. dino2997 says: Nov 11, 2012 3:51 PM

    The Giants are blessed to be playing in the weakest division in the league two years in a row.

  13. zack2482 says: Nov 11, 2012 3:52 PM

    Love when the Giants lose and Coughlin is flapping around crying on the sidelines. Elite QB that hasn’t thrown a TD in 3 games. Only up in the East by 1 game now. Suck it Giants!

  14. bigbluenoser says: Nov 11, 2012 10:56 PM

    Bengelguy, you should shutup till your team wins something.

  15. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 11, 2012 11:30 PM

    goldrush36 says: Nov 11, 2012 3:09 PM

    Lol where’s all the big mouths like mr wright that were teeing off last night about A.J. Green? He burned you early and your team looks sloppy. Im sure there will be excuses abound though
    ———–
    You maricones never saw me make an excuse. You just can’t stand it when I son you when you get caught running your mouths. SF fans still bitter about that demolition a month ago, and you are free to be my guess to cut and paste what I actually said regarding Green’s comment, Dexter Manley. I’ll wait.

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