It occurs every year, it seems. The Giants start off hot, and then turn utterly human in the second half of the season. It’s happening again, only it may be even worse this time.
As much as they wanted to avoid it, the Giants are starting to look like the team that won the Super Bowl last season. No, not the one holding the Lombardi Trophy at the end. The one that almost didn’t make it to the playoffs at all.
Cincinnati Bengals ended their four-game losing streak by beating the New York Giants 31-13 on Sunday.
Domenik Hixon suffered an ankle injury in the first quarter of a game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday and didn’t return.
The move Saturday makes Hill eligible to play Sunday against the Bengals. The rookie had returned to practice this week after serving a four-game suspension.
Things are closer to normal for the Giants (6-3) as they get set for their final game before a welcomed bye week. Their game in Cincinnati (3-5) represents a chance to get things right on the field before their week off.
Chris Snee practiced for the first time this week on Friday and his status for Sunday’s game has been listed as questionable.
Tom Coughlin knows it. His players know it. The Giants have built a 6-3 record and own a two-game lead in the NFC East without having consistently played championship-caliber football.
Rolle leveled a stern warning to the Bengals’ top wideout, who said the Giants’ defense has “a lot of holes,” ahead of their Week 10 matchup in Cincy.
“You don’t worry about it,” Rolle said of Green’s comments. “I’m a deep safety. I’m going to play my responsibility, and if I get a chance I’m coming across. He’s a great receiver, though. You can’t take anything from A.J. Green.”
Though much has been said about the Giants’ slumping offense, their defense hasn’t been so hot in recent games either. Just ask Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green.
“We wanted to go out there and give the Giants fans and the people around New York something to cheer about,” Manning said. “We weren’t able to do that. It’s disappointing, just the way we played.”
The NFL presents the Giants with a chance to play 16 games. Losing a tough game at home in the first week of November is just one loss, and there is time to get better.
It’s that time of year again — the time when NFL coaches are on the hot seat.
The Giants road to the playoffs is going to get tougher in the weeks to come.