Cincinnati Bengals vs New York Giants Betting Preview

Cincinnati Bengals vs New York Giants Betting Preview

Tyler Vaysman
1 year ago
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Bengals quarterback Drew Plitt walks off the field after the game

The reigning AFC Champion Cincinnati Bengals will square off against the New York Giants in Week 2 of the NFL Preseason. 

The Bengals are coming off a 36-23 home loss against the Arizona Cardinals while the Giants were able to secure a 23-21 road victory over the New England Patriots to kick off their preseason. 

Bengals Looking for a Backup QB

Joe Burrow is the starting quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals and that is not going to change. However, he will be unavailable for the entire preseason as he was dealing with lower body injuries as well as appendicitis due to a ruptured appendice. That means the backups will be getting the snaps here as rookie Drew Plitt and Brandon Allen compete for the clipboard

Allen finished going 3-for-3 with 29 passing yards while Plitt made the most of his first NFL action by going a perfect 6-of-6 for 78 yards and a passing touchdown as well as adding a seven-yard carry. 

The defense was their biggest issue as the Bengals defense gave up 36 points and allowed 5-of-6 red zone possessions to end up with points of some kind. The secondary was torched as they allowed 277 passing yards (7.7 yards per attempt) and need to sure that up if they want to compete here. 

The New, New York Giants

The New York Giants have a brand new front office and are testing to see if quarterback Daniel Jones is the guy for this regime as well. They have a veteran backup Tyrod Taylor that can easily take over in the starting job. In their first game in the preseason, Jones was 6-of-10 for 69 yards and a six-yard run while Taylor is 13-of-21 for 129 yards and a touchdown as well as two-yard rush. 

The defense is under new defensive coordinator Wink Martindale and they are getting used to lesser talent stepping up after releasing cornerback James Bradberry due to salary cap issues. The defense had a pretty good showing in Week 1 as they allowed 21 point son 308 total yards of offense against them so this will be a good test against a solid offensive team. 

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The New York Giants are currently a 5.5 point favorite at home for this game and that makes a lot of sense. They have more to play for in this matchup as they are looking for a starting quarterback between Jones and Taylor. 

Zac Taylor’s team had a long and difficult postseason run, so he could sit some impactful starters for a majority of this game. This will be an interesting game as the Bengals defense looked shaky throughout their first game as their depth was not as strong as they would have hoped for. All in all, go with the New York Giants to cover the spread in this game as they have the better depth pieces and a starting quarterback battle going on. 

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