TIME: 8:30 p.m. Monday PLACE: Met Life Stadium (synthetic)
LOCAL RADIO: Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Dave Lapham (analyst) on the "triple-cast" Cincinnati flagship stations of WLW-AM (700), WCKY-AM (ESPN 1530) and WEBN-FM (102.7) on the 41-station Bengals radio network.
NATIONAL RADIO:Westwood One with Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Boomer Esiason (analyst) and Ross Tucker (sideline)* *
TV: ESPN broadcast crew of Sean McDonough (play-by-play), Jon Gruden (analyst), Lisa Salters (sideline) on Channel 5 in Cincinnati and ESPN
OUT: Starting MLB Rey Maualuga (fibula) didn't practice this week.
QUESTIONABLE: After sitting out Tuesday's practice, starting RE Michael Johnson (calf) returned limited Thursday and Friday and went full Saturday. Backup WR James Wright (hamstring) didn't work the first two days of the week, but came back limited Friday and went full Saturday.
MOST LIKELY TO PLAY:Starting WLB Vontaze Burfict (thigh) and backup DT Pat Sims were limited in Thursday's and Friday's practice but full go Saturday.
OUT:Starting LG Justin Pugh (knee)
QUESTIONABLE: Starting WR Victor Cruz (ankle) hasn't practiced all week. Starting FS Andrew Adams (shoulder) was limited all week.
EXPECTED TO BE ACTIVE: Backup QB Ryan Nassib (throwing elbow) went full Friday and Saturday, so former Bengals backup Josh Johnson probably won't be active like he was last week.
The 3-4-1 Bengals lead the 5-3Giants, 6-3
»» The visiting team has never won the nine previous games of the series.
»» The Bengals return to the same stadium where they won this year's opener, 23-22, over the Jets for their first victory in New York in 35 years, another one-point win on Sept. 11 over the Jets, 31-30 on Sept. 13, 1981 at Shea Stadium.
»» It's the second time the Bengals have played in one road stadium twice in the same season. In 2008, quarterback Carson Palmer suffered what turned out to be a season-ending injury in a 26-23 overtime loss to the Giants on Sept. 21, 2008 at Giants Stadium. The next month Ryan Fitzpatrick quarterbacked them into an Oct. 12 matchup against Brett Favre's Jets won by New York, 26-14, in what was called "The Meadowlands" for Jets games.
»» After playing nine seasons in Cincinnati, Giants cornerback Leon Hall left in free agency this year. His 26 career interceptions are fourth on the Bengals all-time list, one ahead of six-time Pro Bowler Lemar Parrish.
»» Meanwhile, it is Bengals DL Wallace Gilberry's first game back with Cincinnati after he also left via free agency and he's also playing against his first NFL team. After going undrafted out of Alabama in 2008, Gilberry signed with the Giants and was on their practice squad until the Chiefs signed him late in the season.
»»The Bengals didn't play the Giants in New York until Dec. 11, 1994 in the 27th season of the franchise. Blakemania came to screeching halt with the fourth straight loss under new QB Jeff Blake. He couldn't convert two snaps from the New York 5 and Doug Pelfrey kicked a tying field goal with 1:47 left. But a 22-yard pass interference penalty on cornerback Corey Sawyer set up Giants RB Rodney Hampton's three-yard TD with 40 seconds left.
»» Four years to the week on Nov. 11, 2012, the 3-5 Bengals beat the defending Super Bowl champion Giants, 31-13, at Paul Brown Stadium. It spurred a 7-1 finish and led to a post-season berth. Three of QB Andy Dalton's four TD passes were on third down, cornerback Adam Jones' 68-yard punt set up a TD and a 14-0 lead on the first two possessions, and Gilbery had one of four sacks of Giants QB Eli Manning.
CIN: T-21 in scoring, 6th in offense (7th rushing, 4th passing); T-19th in scoring defense, 25th in defense (22nd rushing, 21st passing); T-12th in turnover margin at plus-2.
NYG: 24th in scoring, 21st in offense (32nd rushing, 6th passing); 10th in scoring defense, 23rd in defense (10th in rushing, 25th passing), T-29th in turnover margin at minus-7.
CIN: Marvin Lewis 115-105-3 in 14th season, 2-1 vs. Giants
NYG: Ben McAdoo 5-3 in first season; 0-0 vs. Bengals and Lewis
PHILIP RIVERS WEATHER UPDATE
The National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio is calling for increasingly cloudy skies in the New York area with a kick-off temperature of 52 degrees dipping into the high 40s by the end of the game. There's a 20 percent chance of rain with light winds from the southwest at five miles per hour.
.463 - Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis' road winning percentage in 108 regular-season road games.
.552 - Giants QB Eli Manning's home winning percentage in 96 regular-season games
.594 - Lewis' November winning percentage, his best month
.391 - Manning's November winning percentage, his worst month
.650 - Bengals QB Andy Dalton's November winning percentage, tied for his second best month
.650 - Dalton's winning percentage in November and December
.714 - Dalton's winning percentage vs. NFC
.521 - Manning's winning percentage vs. AFC
53 - Home victories for Manning
53 -Victories for Dalton
2-2 - Dalton's record on Monday
9-8 - Manning's record on Monday
74 - Dalton's passer rating on Monday
84.9 - Manning's passer rating on Monday
.357 - Dalton's winning percentage at night
.464 - Manning's winning percentage at night
69 - Yards Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr., needs to reach 3,500 in his 36th game, fastest of all time
2,768 - Bengals WR A.J. Green's yards in first 36 games
231 - Beckham's catches in his first 35 games
188 -Green's catches in his first 35 games
35 - Yards Green needs to become No. 2 on Bengals' all-time receiving yardage list ahead of Isaac Curtis
39.3 - Giants defense's NFL-leading red-zone TD percentage
42.1 - Bengals offense's red-zone TD percentage in first six games
83 - Bengals offense's red-zone TD percentage in last two games with return of TE Tyler Eifert