The Cincinnati Bengals absolutely destroyed a listless New York Giants team that was at its worst in almost every facet of the game: tripping over their own feet on offense with four turnovers, allowing more negative special teams plays and playing matador to Andy Dalton and A.J. Green.
The Bengals never really seemed challenged by a Giants team that was neither physical nor disciplined: blown defensive assignments gave the Bengals an early lead and an incredibly poor showing by the Giants offensive line made a comeback all but impossible.
There are so many ways to pull this game apart and see how truly awful the Giants were yesterday (and, to be sure, that'll all get done this week), but as we wake up this morning, heads pounding, the smell of bad decisions and poor coverage hanging in the dank air of our post football Sunday man caves, there is one bit of hope: at least the Giants have hit rock bottom.
They simply can't play any worse than they have.
The Giants will have two weeks off to take a look at why the offense has been so stagnant, why the defense has seemed uncoordinated, soft and lacking pressure, whether personnel adjustments need to be made (cough, cough Ahmad Bradshaw).
Time to look in the mirror and decide if they're going to open up another bottle and continue to wallow in this hole, or take a shower, drink some coffee and get back to work.
Seeing as they've hit rock bottom, we're hoping there's nowhere to go but up.
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