The four sacks of Eli Manning and four turnovers caused by the Bengals defense made plenty of headlines, but the biggest stat to come out of Sunday's 31-13 win over the Giants was how they held the receivers in check.
Of Eli Manning's 29 completions, only 11 generated two or more yards after the catch of and only one had a YAC of 10-plus yards. Limiting yards after the catch was really stressed after the loss against Denver, where Broncos receivers generated plenty of YAC on short passes by Peyton Manning.
After getting a chance to look at the video, defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer and safety Chris Crocker praised the job that Leon Hall did on Victor Cruz. After coming into the game fourth in the NFC in receiving yards, Cruz had just three receptions for 26 yards.
"He did a good job on Cruz," Zimmer said of Hall. "Cruz is a good player. He had three catches and two were in fire zone and the other one he wasn't on him. I don't think he allowed a catch on him."
The secondary's job in coverage also meant Manning had to hold on to the ball longer than usual, which allowed the defensive line to get sacks and pressure. Besides the four sacks, Manning was hurried 17 times, including six by Geno Atkins. After not getting a lot of turnovers at the start of the season, the Bengals have forced six over the past two games that led to 24 points.
"We've had good days before where we would have a major breakdown and give us a little sour taste to it," head coach Marvin Lewis said. "This was probably the day without a major breakdown. We came away feeling pretty good about the entire day."