Trailing the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC North by just a half-game, it’s possible that a win over the New York Giants on Monday Night Football could put the Bengals atop the AFC North after Week 10 for the first time since being 1-0 after their season opener. The Giants are on a three-game winning streak, however, and the Bengals have a really rough history in prime-time games with Andy Dalton under center. After tying the Washington Redskins across the pond at Wembley Stadium in Week 8, the Bengals had their bye in Week 9. Will an extra week’s rest be enough to help Cincinnati defeat New York as they try to reach the NFL Playoffs for the sixth consecutive year?
As noted by CBS Sports, the Cincinnati Bengals have played eight prime-time games on the road since drafting Andy Dalton and A.J. Green for the 2011 NFL season. Of those eight games, the Bengals have won just once. A record of 1-7 isn’t very promising for members of the Who-Dey Nation, especially when you realize that Cincinnati is just 1-3 on the road in 2016. Having just edged out the New York Jets 23-22 in the opening week, they have since lost road games to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Dallas Cowboys, and New England Patriots. While Cincinnati looks as healthy as they have all season — and players like Giovanni Bernard and A.J. Green are expected to have big fantasy football numbers in Week 10 — the odds makers in Las Vegas still see the Giants as having the advantage in this week’s Monday Night Football match-up.
Week 6 Injury and Suspension Updates
According to an early injury report from CBS Sports, the Cincinnati Bengals have no one listed as an injury concern for Monday night’s game as of Tuesday afternoon. The major health concern for the Bengals headed into this season was 2015 breakout tight end, Tyler Eifert. He had just one reception when he returned to the Bengals lineup in Week 7, but he was good for 109 yards and one touchdown on nine receptions in Week 8.
For the New York Giants, five players are listed as questionable, while running back Nikita Whitlock continues to serve his 10-game suspension. Back-up quarterback Ryan Nassib is dealing with an elbow injury, while wide receiver Victor Cruz is questionable with an ankle injury. For New York’s defense against Cincinnati, defensive back Darian Thompson is dealing with a foot injury, defensive lineman Kerry Wynn is recovering from a concussion, and linebacker Eric Pinkins is listed as questionable for reasons that remain undisclosed.
Top Fantasy Football Picks for the Bengals and the Giants
According to standard fantasy football scoring provided by the NFL, Cincinnati running back Giovanni Bernard (18.30 points) is projected to be the highest point-scorer in Monday night’s game. He is currently listed as the No. 2 overall back for Week 10, while New York’s Rashad Jennings (14.40 points) is projected at No. 8 in the league. Neither quarterback is expected to be a Top 10 performer at their position this week, with Andy Dalton projected to earn 13.94 points and 12.30 points projected for Eli Manning. At wide receiver, A.J. Green (15.70 points) is projected to be the top receiver in the league in Week 10, while Odell Beckham (13.90 points) is slotted to be No. 4 overall. Both Tyler Eifert (11.40 points) of the Bengals and Larry Donnell (8.30 points) of the Giants are expected to turn in Top 10 performances this week, while the kickers and defenses for either squad aren’t expected to make much noise.
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Vegas Odds: Cincinnati Bengals at New York Giants
As reported by Odds Shark, the Giants are considered favorites over the Bengals, with a spread ranging from 1 to 2.5 points. In 2016, Cincinnati is 2-5-1 against the spread, while New York is 3-3-2. The over/under for this week’s Monday Night Football opened at 46 points and is currently at 47 or 47.5.
Where to Watch Cincinnati at New York
The NFL Week 10 Monday Night Football match-up between the New York Giants and Cincinnati Bengals will air live from MetLife Stadium in New York City. The game will be televised on ESPN and ESPN Deportes with coverage beginning at 8:30 p.m. EST. For fans on the road, the game can also be heard on Westwood One Radio. Additionally, the game is available to stream online with a subscription to NFL Game Pass. Tickets are still available to purchase for fans who want to see the Arizona Cardinals and New York Jets live on Monday, November 14.
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