After coming up short in week 4, the New York Giants (2-2) look to get above .500 against the winless Cleveland Browns (0-4) at MetLife Stadium.
On Sunday night the little things hurt the New York Giants. An interception in the red zone by Eli, the running game being nonexistent, but with all that the Giants were still in the game. The play that hurt them the most was Ramses Barden’s offensive pass interference that moved the ball from the Eagles 27 yard line to the 36, out of Lawrence Tynes usual field goal range. With only 15 seconds left and no timeouts remaining, Tom Coughlin decided to kick the 54-yard field goal instead of attempting at a few more yards on third down and giving Tynes a little bit more a chance. Tynes missed the field goal twice, once wide left before Andy Reid’s timeout, and the second by a few feet.
The Browns had their hands full with the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night, but rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden handled the situation quite well. Being down 23-16, Weeden started the Browns final drive from his own 10 yard line with 1:05. He managed to get to the Ravens 33 before he missed the end zone twice on the drive and ended the game. The outcome might have been different had Weeden not committed his only mistake of the game, an interception to Cary Williams, that was returned 63 yards for a touchdown. Trent Richardson didn’t give Weeden much help in the rushing game but did well enough catching the ball and created some opportunities for the quarterback.
This week is a chance for both teams to show what they got to the organization. The Giants with games they are normally favored to win by a lot tend to get sloppy and even give the game away. This is a chance for them to show they won’t take anyone lightly. The Browns have a chance to show they are a rebuilding team, but that they can match themselves with the reigning champs.
The key for a New York Giants win is to limit turnovers and penalties. They could easily be atop the NFC East if they didn’t commit these errors.
“We’ve been down this road before. There’s nothing we can’t handle,” said Ahmad Bradshaw, “There’s nothing we’re not preparing for.”
The key for a Cleveland Browns victory is to use rookie Trent Richardson and wear down the Giants defense that allowed 191 rushing yards to Philadelphia a week ago. Try and use up the clock by running the ball and not give Eli enough time to orchestrate a comeback victory.
Players to Watch:
New York Giants: Ahmad Bradshaw, Domenik Hixon
Cleveland Browns: Trent Richardson
Prediction: New York Giants 34 Cleveland Browns 19
Last Meeting: New York Giants 35 Cleveland Browns 14
All Time Record: Cleveland Browns lead 27-20-2