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This is the first time the Giants have been favored on the road in four years. But they're also 17-3 ATS in their last 20 road games, coming off a bye, and riding a two-game win streak. Plus, they got a boost from Washington's win over Dallas on Thanksgiving. New York owns the tiebreaker with Washington, making the G-Men's hopes of winning the NFC East that much more real. The Giants are healthy and Daniel Jones has cut down on his mistakes. Cincy is in disarray. Lay the points.
Not long ago, it would have been unimaginable for the Giants to be granting so many points. But they have won two in a row outright, mainly with stingy defense, while Cincy has gone south with the injury to QB Joe Burrow and five losses in the past six games. Entering out of the bullpen: Brandon Allen, directly from the practice squad as coach Zac Taylor oddly passed over second-stringer Ryan Finley. The Giants have covered their last four games and are solid roadies, with a 21-7 ATS record dating to 2017.
Over the last several seasons, the Giants have endured the pitfalls an organization goes through while rebuilding. Prior to their bye week, they posted consecutive wins and appear to be turning the corner. Expect New York to have a game plan similar to the one it had against Washington and Philadelphia. Look for the Giants to start off fast and hold defensively against a Bengals team lacking firepower.
N.Y. Giants @ Cincinnati | 11/29 | 6:00 PM UTC
The Bengals suffered a devastating loss last week with Joe Burrow's injury knocking him out until the start of next season at the earliest, and I just don't see how they rally back here in a lost season. Brandon Allen did not impress in brief starting duty with Denver last year, and he's only expected to start here because Ryan Finley has been just as bad when on the field for the Bengals. The Giants rank just 28th in points per drive, and it's hard to see their offense scoring the 30-plus they might need to send this game Over. So let's bank on a 20-10 type game that never has a chance of getting to the total here.
Quietly, the New York Giants could find themselves sitting in first place of the much-ridiculed NFC East if they are able to knock off the Bengals. In case you're wondering how important Joe Burrow is/was to the Bengals, they were leading Washington 9-6 before he got hurt and ended up losing the game 20-9. I don't foresee Brandon Allen being able to move the ball consistently on an underrated Giants defense.
The Giants are playing well, Daniel Jones has cut down on his mistakes and Cincinnati doesn't have a quarterback. Even though it's shocking to see the Giants laying this many points, they're still the right side.