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              === Bengals thump Giants to halt four-game skid ===
 
 Cincinnati,  OH (Sports  Network) - Andy Dalton threw four touchdown passes to
 four  different receivers,  as the  Cincinnati Bengals  hammered the  New York
 Giants, 31-13, at Paul Brown Stadium.
 
 The  Bengals (4-5)  had their way with the reigning Super Bowl champions right
 from  the  opening possession,  which saw  Dalton fire a  56-yard pass to A.J.
 Green for a quick touchdown.
 
 Dalton  played  mistake-free for the  first time this season, hitting 21-of-30
 passes for 199 yards to help Cincinnati snap a four-game skid.
 
 "It  was a big win for us. We knew it was going to take our best effort to win
 and that's what happened," Dalton said.
 
 Eli Manning threw two interceptions and lost a fumble for the NFC East-leading
 Giants (6-4), who head into their bye week on a two-game losing streak.
 
 Manning  finished with just 215 yards on 29-of-46 attempts and did not throw a
 touchdown pass for a third straight game -- his longest drought since his 2004
 rookie season.
 
 "I have to start playing better," Manning said. "We can fix it."
 
 Cincinnati was in front 17-6 at halftime and came away with three turnovers in
 the third quarter to pad its lead.
 
 With  the  Giants knocking on the  door on their second possession, Adam Jones
 stripped Ahmad Bradshaw near the sideline and Carlos Dunlap jumped on the ball
 at the Bengals' 14-yard line.
 
 Geno  Atkins pressured  Manning into interceptions the next two times New York
 touched  the ball.  First, the  defensive tackle  had the  quarterback in  his
 grasp, and Michael Johnson got a hand on Manning's ill-advised pass. Pat Sims,
 playing  his first  game of the season,  came away with the diving pick at the
 Giants'  12, and  Jermaine Gresham made a  leaping catch in the end zone three
 plays later for a 10-yard score with 6:37 left in the third.
 
 Three  snaps  later, Nate Clements stepped  in front of another rushed Manning
 pass  and returned it 21 yards to the New York 16. This time Dalton turned the
 turnover  into a 10-yard TD pass to Mohamed Sanu on a play nearly identical to
 Gresham's grab.
 
 Manning lost a fumble early in the fourth quarter, and the Giants' Andre Brown
 capped the scoring with a late 2-yard TD run.
 
 "I  don't have  anything I can say  I was pleased with," Giants head coach Tom
 Coughlin said. "We need to play better."
 
 Green was quoted earlier in the week saying there were "a lot of holes" in the
 Giants'  defense. The second-year star found one on the fifth snap of the game
 as  he got  behind the secondary, hauled  in Dalton's bomb and walked in for a
 56-yard touchdown.
 
 Jones'  punt return set up Cincinnati's second TD just 4:07 into the game. The
 68-yard  pickup came after a Giants penalty negated Steve Weatherford's would-
 be 61-yard punt. After two incompletions, Dalton hit Andrew Hawkins on a quick
 out, and the receiver did the rest en route to an 11-yard TD.
 
 Brandon Tate returned the next Giants punt and coughed it up at the Cincinnati
 27-yard  line,  and the turnover resulted  in Lawrence Tynes kicking a 23-yard
 field goal with 5 1/2 minutes remaining in the opening quarter.
 
 The Bengals twice kept their offense on the field on fourth down in the second
 quarter.  They were  stopped the first time, but converted the next via Sanu's
 15-yard catch on 4th-and-2 at the Giants' 37-yard line.
 
 The  extended  drive ended  with Mike  Nugent's 28-yard  field goal, and Tynes
 added a 31-yarder of his own just before halftime.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Green,  who led  the Bengals with seven  catches for 85 yards, has caught a TD
 pass in eight straight games ... Sims was activated from the physically unable
 to  perform list this week. He missed the first eight games due to a hamstring
 injury  ...  Hakeem Nicks  paced New York  with nine catches  for 75 yards ...
 Manning  fell to 13-19  as a starter during November ... New York converted 5-
 of-14 third-down tries.
 
 11/11 17:53:36 ET