The New York Giants blew a fourth-quarter lead last week as their four-game winning streak came to an end. With a recent history of struggling through the second half of the season, they hope a matchup with the sliding Cincinnati Bengals proves to be just what they need.
The Giants look to get back on track before their bye week as they try to extend the Bengals' losing streak to five Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium.
While New York (6-3) is atop the NFC East by 2 1/2 games, it squandered a 20-10 fourth-quarter lead en route to a 24-20 home loss to Pittsburgh last week. The Giants struggled offensively, totaling 182 yards in what appears to be developing into a troubling pattern.
The club led the league in plays of 20-plus yards through the first seven weeks, but have produced four such plays in the last two games. A slump by Eli Manning has been a major part of the problem.
Manning completed 63.8 percent of his passes for 2,109 yards, 12 touchdowns and seven interceptions while...