Giants receiver Victor Cruz out with ankle injury

Giants receiver Victor Cruz out with ankle injury

The team is 3-4-1 and have played a brutally competitive schedule.

On the Bengals ensuing drive, A.J. Green appeared to have hurt his leg, and limped to the sideline.

39 - Age of Giants' Ben McAdoo, making him the second youngest head coach in the NFL (Miami's Adam Gase, 38).

LB Rey Maualuga is out with fibula injury, and Vincent Rey will step in at middle linebacker. He knows quarterback Andy Dalton and more importantly, he knows A.J. Green, the NFL's leading receiver this season with 59 catches.

After some brilliant games on Sunday, Monday Night Football rolls on with a contest between the New York Giants and the Cincinnati Bengals.

But for all the Bengals' defensive struggles, there were certainly some encouraging moments.

The Giants are not going to back into the playoffs this year, or have everyone else screw up around them to clear the path. Harris started against the Eagles because of his blocking ability, and Lewis caught a 30-yard touchdown pass later in the contest against the Eagles in Cruz's place. DT Robert Thomas, who was claimed off waivers by the Giants in September, recorded his first career sack midway through the second quarter... At 6-3, the Giants would simply need to hold serve in their final three home games - the Bears, Cowboys and Lions - and beat winless Cleveland to hit 10 victories.

The first half of the Cincinnati Bengals 2016 season was not terribly impressive.

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The Giants minimized the damage, however, refusing to allow the Bengals to gain a single yard on the ensuing drive and forcing Cincinnati to settle for a short field goal to take the lead.

Poor pass protection was also an issue.

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But the Bengals never got the ball back.

There are at least two trap areas where the New York Giants (5-3) have scuffled recently.

A unusual sequence occurred on Cincinnati's next drive.

As kickoff draws closer, here are four storylines to watch on Monday Night Football. Head coach Ben McAdoo said that despite the low numbers last week (54 yards on 24 carries), he saw signs that the running game was headed in the right direction after the team made a decision to give rookie Paul Perkins some more carries. The Bengals reached midfield with three seconds left and chucked a Hail Mary, but Beckham was deployed as a safety at the goal line and he out-jumped a group of players from both teams to knock the pass to the turf.

Unfortunately, Iloka's interception was the last good Bengals play of the night. Even with the Steelers' four-game losing streak and Ravens' struggles, the Bengals will essentially need a miracle - in that they'll need to start playing like a different team - for any chance at a playoff run.