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Bengals blast sloppy Giants

– A.J. Green was partly correct. The defending Super Bowl champions do have a lot of holes on the defense.

And everywhere else, it turns out.

Andy Dalton threw a career-high four touchdown passes – each to a different receiver – and the Cincinnati Bengals ended their four-game losing streak by beating the reeling New York Giants 31-13 on Sunday.

The Bengals (4-5) sustained their season by taking advantage of a championship team that appears to have hit bottom. Eli Manning threw a pair of interceptions that led to third-quarter touchdowns, and New York (6-4) had four turnovers in the second half overall.

“That’s what won the game for us, getting the ball with great field position and scoring when we got down there,” said Dalton, who was 21 of 30 for 199 yards without a sack or interception.

The talk heading into the game was generated by Green, who suggested to a New York radio station that the Giants “have a lot of holes” on their defense.

Couldn’t argue that point after the Bengals rolled up 31 points in only three quarters.

“I just feel like this is a good stepping block for us,” said Green, who had the first of the four TDs. “I put a lot of pressure on myself.”

This one was surprisingly lopsided as the Giants hurt themselves with bad passes, broken coverages, a dropped touchdown pass and penalties in front of a less-than-capacity crowd of 56,614.

“No, I’m not worried,” Manning said. “Over the years, we’ve gone through stretches where we haven’t played our best football and we’ve been able to bounce out of that, and that’s what’s going on right now.”

Manning was sacked a season-high four times. He also threw two interceptions under pressure that led to Bengals TDs and a 31-6 lead in the third quarter. Manning finished 29 of 46 for 215 yards, falling to 1-2 career against Cincinnati.

The Giants gave up a 68-yard punt return, Victor Cruz dropped a pass at the goal line, and New York’s four turnovers in a horrific second half helped the Bengals pull away.

“Just a little subpar from what we’re used to,” said Cruz, who had three catches for only 26 yards. “I don’t know how to explain it. I don’t know what’s going on. I don’t know what’s wrong.”

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