The New York Giants refused to say they were in an offensive slump. Quarterback Eli Manning said he was determined to turn things around. After an embarrassing showing against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, two things are blatantly obvious: they are and he didn't.
With a chance to go into the bye week at 7-3 and with a firm grasp on the NFC East, the Giants once again laid an egg. They were demolished at the hands of the Bengals, falling 31-13 to a team that was 3-5 coming into the game. The right side of the offensive line played terrible, the defensive line got no pressure on Andy Dalton, A.J. Green exploited all of the holes in the secondary and missed tackles were again an issue.
It was a catastrophic failure across the board for a team that head coach Tom Coughlin called "soft" earlier this week.
Under normal circumstances, we at Giants 101 would offer a quick breakdown of what we saw during the game. We would discuss the positives, the negatives and everything in between. However, like the Giants, we're going to phone it in today and call it a weekend. As opposed to spending the remainder of our Sunday afternoon covering this disaster, we're going to shut operations down and enjoy the nice weather.
We'll be back on Monday with full analysis of the game, injury updates and coverage of Coughlin's press conference.
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