New York Giants Week 15 Preview: Cleveland Browns

The 5-8 New York Giants seek to stay in contention for the NFC East as they host the 9-4 Cleveland Browns on Sunday Night Football.

Both teams had their four-game winning streak snapped last week.

Last week, the Giants scored the least amount of points in a game this season, losing to the Arizona Cardinals, 26-7. The Browns fell short in a Monday Night Football classic to the Baltimore Ravens, 47-42.

Cleveland is a 6.5 point favorite, according to Caesars Sportsbook. / Matthew Swensen

No OC, QB or CBs

“It was one of those days when things just kept going from bad to worse” – The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974).

On Thursday, that was the reality for the Giants who lost Jason Garrett and James Bradberry for Sunday’s game after Garrett tested positive for COVID-19 and Bradberry was placed on the COVID list after being a “high-risk close contact of an individual who has tested positive.”

The Giants didn’t practice that day, but if they did, QB Daniel Jones would have been a limited participant. Since then, he has been ruled out by ESPN’s Jordan Raanan.

Along with Bradberry, rookie CB Darnay Holmes is out with a knee injury.

Freddie Kitchens will serve as OC, QB Colt McCoy will start his second game, and Isaac Yiadom is now the Giants’ top corner.

New York will play Cleveland, with the Browns’ former head coach and quarterback at the helm. Personal motivation is apparent, but will it be enough?

Ground and Dog Pound

The Browns are the third-best running attack in the NFL, averaging 156.2 yards per game. The Giants are the seventh-best rushing defense, allowing 101.5 yards per game.

However, the Giants last week allowed 159 yards to the Cardinals.

The reason was the Giants defense was worn out due to being on the field too long. Arizona dominated time of possession, 37:53 to 22:07.

The Giants offense producing long drives and keeping the time of possession even, will keep them in the game.

Soften the Baker

Baker Mayfield‘s third season in the NFL has been the best for him and his team.

Eliminating the run threat will decrease Mayfield’s effectiveness. He averages 9.9 yards per attempt off play-action this season, second-best in the NFL.

Also, keeping Baker in the pocket, and getting a rush after him. Mayfield has been sacked only 17 times this season, but his lone interception last week was forced by pressure.

Overall, the defense which, has been a standout this season, has to stand on its head to pull out the sixth win for New York.

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