CINCINNATI — A.J. Green was partly correct. The defending Super Bowl champions do have a lot of holes on defense.
And everywhere else, it turns out.
Andy Dalton threw a career-high four touchdowns — to four receivers — and the Bengals ended their four-game losing streak by beating the reeling Giants 31-13 on Sunday.
Eli Manning threw two interceptions that led to third-quarter touchdowns, and New York 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.
Pregame talk was generated by Green, who suggested to a New York radio station that the Giants "have a lot of holes" on defense.
Couldn't argue that after the Bengals rolled up 31 points in 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."
Now, the Giants are starting to feel pressure themselves.
They head into their off week with back-to-back losses and a lot of issues, especially on offense. Manning failed to live up his family legacy of beating the Bengals. Older brother Peyton improved to 8-0 against Cincinnati on the same field a week earlier when Denver won 31-23.
The Giants had bad passes and broken coverages. New York gave up a 68-yard punt return and wide receiver Victor Cruz dropped a pass on a play when he would have scored.
"Just a little subpar from what we're used to," said Cruz, who had three catches for 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."
Manning was sacked a season-high four times by a defense that hardly touched his brother. He also threw two interceptions under pressure that led to Bengals touchdowns and a 31-6 lead in the third quarter.