CINCINNATI - The New York Giants have been down this road in Novembers past and still made it to February.
After flatlining Sunday in a 31-13 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, they have to hope they can regroup, recharge and come back from their upcoming bye weekend ready to play like the Giants of the last several seasons -- and even the team they were several weeks ago.
Besides a 1.5-game lead in the NFC East, hope is about the only positive thought the Giants take forward.
The defending Super Bowl champions played Sunday like they were already on vacation, allowing the Bengals to jump out to an early lead and then watching the game spin out of control amidst a flurry of second half turnovers and sloppiness. Quarterback Eli Manning struggled for the third straight week, and by the time this one was over he'd been sacked four times and intercepted twice.
The Bengals (4-5) won for the first time since September and beat a team with a winning record for the first time since las...