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Bengals Back At Home Hosting The Giants In Week 12


Kickoff: 1 p.m. Eastern.

Television: The game will air on FOX-TV. In the Bengals' home region, it will be carried by WXIX-TV (Ch. 19) in Cincinnati, WGRT-TV (Ch. 45) in Dayton, WDKY-TV (Ch. 56) in Lexington, and WTTE-TV (Ch. 28) in Columbus. Broadcasters are Kevin Kugler (play-by-play), Chris Spielman (analyst) and Laura Okmin (reporter).

Radio: The game will air on the Bengals Radio Network, led by Cincinnati flagship stations WLW-AM (700), WCKY-AM (ESPN 1530; all sports) and WEBN-FM (102.7). Broadcasters are Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Dave Lapham (analyst).

Setting the scene: The Bengals this week return home to face the N.Y. Giants at Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday. They will be looking to bounce back from a 20-9 defeat at Washington last week, during which Cincinnati lost its rookie quarterback, Joe Burrow, to a left knee injury. Bengals head coach Zac Taylor announced on Monday that Burrow would have surgery and miss the rest of the 2020 season.

"It's not fun," Taylor said. "Joe was making improvements every week, and we were getting the offense headed in a direction that we thought was exciting. But that's the way it goes. It's 'next man up.'"

Cincinnati controlled the game for most of the first half, running nearly twice as many offensive plays as Washington (42-23) and gaining a more than eight-minute edge in time of possession (19:11 to 10:49). Burrow moved the ball with ease against a Washington team that entered the game leading the NFL in pass defense, as the rookie's 21 first-half completions were the most by a Bengal before halftime in nearly 38 years (Ken Anderson had 27 on Dec. 20, 1982 at San Diego).

But several miscues by the Bengals in the first half kept the game within reach. Cincinnati missed two FGs and an extra point, Burrow lost a fumble on the goal line, and the defense gave up a 42-yard pass that helped set up a Washington TD. Despite a mostly dominant first half on the stat sheet, Cincinnati led just 9-7 at the break.

Then, on the second possession of the third quarter, Washington DT Jonathan Allen crashed into Burrow's left knee just after the rookie launched a pass down the right sideline. Members of both teams came over to console Burrow while medical personnel attended to him.

"It's hard to lose our QB, our leader," said WR Tyler Boyd. "Seeing the play and how it happened, I felt sorry for him because I know how much he wants to win and how much he dedicates himself to the game. We all felt it during the game, and the game turned quickly after that."

Burrow exited the field on a cart, and the momentum of the game shifted. Cincinnati's defense, which had registered three three-and-outs and an INT in its previous four possessions, surrendered points on Washington's next three possessions. On the other side of the ball, Burrow's replacement, Ryan Finley, was sacked four times and intercepted once as a shell-shocked Bengals offense struggled to keep pace. Washington outscored Cincinnati 13-0 after Burrow's injury, and ultimately cruised to an 11-point win.

This week, Cincinnati faces a Giants team that has won three of its last five games, with the two losses coming by a combined five points. The Giants are coming off of a Week 11 bye, and enter Sunday's contest at 3-7. Their last game was a 27-17 win over Philadelphia on Nov. 15.

The series: The Bengals lead 6-4 in a series in which the home team has won every game. The Giants won the last meeting, 21-20 at MetLife Stadium in 2016. The meeting previous to that was at Paul Brown Stadium in 2012, and the Bengals won that contest, 31-13.

Entering this game, the Bengals have played fewer games against the Giants (10) than against any other long-established NFL team. The only team with fewer than nine meetings against Cincinnati is Carolina (six games), but the Panthers have been in operation only since 1995.

View some of the best photos from the Bengals series against the New York Giants.

Bengals-Giants connections: Giants G Kevin Zeitler entered the NFL as a first-round draft pick (27th overall) of the Bengals in 2012, and was with the team through the '16 season ... Bengals OT Bobby Hart entered the NFL as a seventh-round draft pick (226th overall) of the Giants, and was with the team through the '17 season ... Bengals LS Clark Harris is from Manahawkin, N.J. (Southern Regional High School) and played at Rutgers University ... Giants S Nate Ebner, WR Austin Mack and WR Binjimen Victor (practice squad) all played at Ohio State University. Ebner is from Dublin, Ohio (Hilliard Davidson High School) ... Bengals DT Freedom Akinmoladun (practice squad) entered the NFL as a college free agent signee of the Giants in 2019, and was on the team's practice squad for 10 games that year ... Giants CB Jarren Williams (practice squad) is from Lewis Center, Ohio (Olentangy High School) ... Bengals defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo was a Giants assistant in 2018. Anarumo is also from Staten Island, N.Y., attended and coached (1990) at Wagner College, and coached at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (1989-90, '92-94) and Syracuse University (1990-91) ... Giants assistant offensive line coach Ben Wilkerson played for the Bengals in 2006 ... Bengals assistant offensive line coach Ben Martin coached at Wagner College in 2013, and at Union (N.Y.) College from '16-17 ... Bengals quarterbacks coach Dan Pitcher is from Cortland, N.Y., and played (2008-11) and coached ('12) at Cortland State University ... Bengals assistant strength and conditioning coach Todd Hunt is from Stamford, Conn. ... Giants special projects and situations coach Amos Jones coached at the University of Cincinnati from 1999-2002 ... Giants defensive line coach Sean Spencer coached at Bowling Green State University from 2009-10 ... Giants wide receivers coached Tyke Tolbert coached at Ohio University in 1995.