CINCINNATI (AP) A.J. Green was right. The defending Super Bowl champions have a lot of holes, and not just on their defense.
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) took advantage of a fumble and Eli Manning's two interceptions, which set up third-quarter touchdowns and helped Green back up his observation that there are a lot of holes in New York's defense.
That's not the only place.
The Giants (6-4) head into their bye week with back-to-back losses and a lot of issues, especially on offense. Manning had another subpar game, failing 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, leading Denver to a 31-23 win.
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.
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 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.
Manning threw for only 125 yards, his fewest in four years, during a sloppy 24-20 loss to the Steelers last Sunday that finished a week of turmoil from Superstorm Sandy. The Giants badly wanted to get back in form before their bye week.
Instead, they were worse.
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.
Green didn't have to take anything back.
Cincinnati's first big play was made by the Pro Bowl receiver, who went on a New York radio station during the week and said the Giants ``have a lot of holes'' in their defense. Five plays into the game, he found a huge one. Cornerback Corey Webster let him go down the sideline, apparently expecting help in coverage that never came. Green was wide open for a 56-yard touchdown catch.
The Giants have given up 39 passes of 20 yards or more, 10 for touchdowns. Green has a touchdown catch in eight straight games, tying T.J. Houshmandzadeh for the second-longest streak in club history.
There were openings for all of Dalton's receivers. Andrew Hawkins made a one-handed catch for an 11-yard touchdown that came off another Giants mistake. Steve Weatherford's punt went out of bounds at the Cincinnati 14-yard line, but a penalty forced a rekick. Adam ``Pacman'' Jones slipped through two defenders for a 68-yard return that set up the score.
Jones started Cincinnati's big third quarter by stripping Ahmad Bradshaw of the ball at the Cincinnati 14-yard line, preventing New York from getting back into the game.
On New York's next possession, Manning's deflected pass was intercepted by tackle Pat Sims at the 12-yard line. Dalton threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jermaine Gresham, who outjumped Antrel Rolle in the end zone. Rolle was upset by Green's ``lot of holes'' comment, saying he would let his pads do the talking on the field.
Less than 2 minutes later, Manning forced a throw that was picked off by Nate Clements. Dalton's 10-yard touchdown to Mohamed Sanu made it 31-6. Dalton was 21 of 30 for 199 yards without a sack or interception.