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Giants Keys to Victory vs. Bengals


*'s Dan Salomone discusses three keys for the Giants to come away with a "W": *

The New York Giants have a chance to claim their first four-game winning streak since 2013. They'll look to do so on Monday night when the Cincinnati Bengals, fresh off their bye week, come to MetLife Stadium.

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The Giants have won their last three games over the Ravens, Rams and, most recently, the rival Eagles to improve to 5-3 on the season. They are just 3-6 against Cincinnati in the all-time series, but the good news for the Giants is that the home team has won each game.

With that in mind, here are three keys to victory for the Giants in their Week 10 matchup on primetime TV:


The Bengals come to town with a top-five passing offense led by quarterback Andy Dalton and perennial Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green, who leads the NFL with 112 receiving yards per game. Cincinnati has 33 passes for 20 yards or more this season, the fifth-most in the league. The Giants, while clamping down with the best red zone defense (opponents have scored on just 39.3 percent of trips inside the 20), have given up big plays lately, including a season-high five passes of 25 yards or longer last week against the Eagles.

"What we need to work on, cut down the explosive plays," coach Ben McAdoo said at the beginning of the week. "The details, execution and consistency needs to improve there. Set the tone in the first series of the second half."

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Largely due to the play of Landon Collins, who became the first safety to win player of the week awards in consecutive games since Pittsburgh's Troy Polamalu in 2010, the Giants have six interceptions in the last two games. They had just two in the first six outings. More importantly, the offense has cashed in and averages 4.22 points after takeaways, the fourth-best mark in the league.

"That was a big emphasis, try and get off to a fast start," Eli Manning said of last week's victory when the Giants grabbed an early 14-0 lead after two takeaways. "Defense did a great job getting turnovers and offense capitalizing on that."


The Bengals averaged just over 80 yards per game on the ground in the first quarter of the season, but they turned it up before the bye week. In the last four games, they are averaging 160 yards, including 271 yards in Week 7. Only the Bills have rushed for more yards (313) in a single game this season. While the Giants have struggled to rush the ball themselves, they have excelled on defense against it. They are allowing just 3.6 yards per carry (sixth in the NFL) and have allowed opponents to gain 100 yards in just three games this season.

"I think we're relying on each other and we're all being accountable, paying attention to detail," linebacker and defensive captain Jonathan Casillas said. "I think that's showing up every day."

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