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New York Giants 2016 schedule preview: Cincinnati Bengals, Week 10

Let’s take an early look at the Bengals

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Marvin Lewis is back for his 14th season as Cincinnati head coach
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Week 10 of the 2016 NFL season will find the New York Giants in an interesting Monday Night Football matchup when they host the Cincinnati Bengals.

While the Giants have not made the playoffs since 2011, the Bengals have been in the playoffs six of the past seven years. Problem is, Cincinnati has yet to win a playoff game during that time. In fact, the Bengals haven’t won a playoff game since 1990. If you could actually combine the Bengals’ ability to get to the playoffs with the Giants’ ability to win on the occasions they do get there, you would really have something.

By Week 10 we should have a pretty decent idea whether or not either of these teams will be contending for the 2016 playoffs. Let’s learn more about what the Bengals look like heading into training camp from our friends at SB Nation’s Cincy Jungle.

Cincinnati Bengals

Notable free agent additions: WR Brandon LaFell, LB Karlos Dansby, LB/S Taylor Mays

Notable free agent departures: WR Marvin Jones, WR Mohamed Sanu, RT Andre Smith, DE Wallace Gilberry

Trades: N/A

Draft picks expected to contribute as rookies: Tyler Boyd (2nd round, WR), Andrew Billings (4th round, DT)

Biggest offseason addition: Uhhhh …. LaFell or Boyd, I guess, hopefully?!

Biggest storyline heading into training camp: The wide receiver battle is hands down the biggest storyline heading into training camp. The position is essentially completely up in the air, other than A.J. Green being the No. 1. Will LaFell get the No. 2 job? Will Boyd play in the slot? Those things are fairly certain, though still questions. But just about everything else including the No. 4-6 wide receiver spots is up in the air are available for the taking without many (cough, any) big names competing for the jobs. It comes down to 2014 seventh round draft pick James Wright who is coming off microfracture surgery and hasn’t played since 2014; 2015 seventh round draft pick Mario Alford who played one game in 2015; Brandon Tate, who has a way of always making the roster due to his return abilities, and then a bunch of undrafted players.

Under-the-radar storyline heading into training camp: The Bengals have a new offensive coordinator, their long-time quarterbacks coach, Ken Zampese due to Hue Jackson leaving this offseason to be the head coach of the Browns. No one really knows what to expect with Zampese calling the shots and 2016 will likely prove just how big of an impact Jackson had on the Bengals’ offense as well as Andy Dalton’s development. Will the Bengals be able to continue their winning ways without Jackson? Some are more optimistic than others when it comes to asking this question.

Notable injuries heading into training camp: Tyler Eifert injured his ankle in the Pro Bowl and now is expected to miss all of training camp and potentially the first few weeks of the regular season. Darqueze Dennard is coming off of a season-ending shoulder injury and is hoping to be back for training camp. Other than that, everyone is fairly healthy. Though, given the wide receiver position, Eifert is a huge piece to the Bengals’ offensive puzzle and having him miss time would be a major loss.

Also of note: Vontaze Burfict starts off the season with a three-game suspension and Taylor Mays starts off the season with a four-game suspension. There’s no guarantee Mays will make the roster when his suspension ends. The Bengals play the Jets in Week 1, the Steelers in Week 2 and the Broncos in Week 3 so playing without Burfict during that stretch is far from ideal.

Giants 2016 regular season schedule

Week 1: at Dallas Cowboys, Sept. 11, 4:25 p.m. ET (FOX) — Cowboys overview

Week 2: vs. New Orleans Saints, Sept. 18, 1 p.m. (FOX) — Saints overview

Week 3: vs. Washington Redskins, Sept. 25, 1 p.m. (FOX) — Redskins overview

Week 4: at Minnesota Vikings, Oct. 3, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) — Vikings overview

Week 5: at Green Bay Packers, Oct. 9, 8:30 p.m. (NBC) — Packers overview

Week 6: vs. Baltimore Ravens, Oct. 16, 1 p.m. (CBS) — Ravens overview

Week 7: at Los Angeles Rams (London), Oct. 23, 9:30 a.m. (NFL Network) — Rams overview

Week 8: BYE WEEK

Week 9: vs. Philadelphia Eagles, Nov. 6, 1 p.m. (FOX) — Eagles overview

Week 10: vs. Cincinnati Bengals, Nov. 14, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Week 11: vs. Chicago Bears, Nov. 20, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Week 12: at Cleveland Browns, Nov. 27, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Week 13: at Pittsburgh Steelers, Dec. 4, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)

Week 14: vs. Dallas Cowboys, Dec. 11, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)

Week 15: vs. Detroit Lions, Dec. 18, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Week 16: at Philadelphia Eagles, Dec. 22, 8:25 (NBC/NFL Network)

Week 17: at Washington Redskins, Jan. 1, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Preseason schedule

Week 1: vs. Miami Dolphins, Fri., Aug. 12, 7 p.m.

Week 2: at Buffalo Bills, Sat., Aug. 20 (TBA)

Week 3: at New York Jets, Sat., Aug 27, 7:30 p.m.

Week 4: vs. New England Patriots, Thurs., Sept. 1, 7 p.m.