The NFL season is coming to a close and the playoffs are right around the corner. Twelve games will be up on the board throughout Sunday with lots of them having playoff importance. One of these games will be between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants. These two teams will close out the day of action on Sunday Night Football. This game will kick off at around 8:20 PM Eastern time on NBC.
The Browns have earned a record of 9-4 throughout the season, which has them sitting in second place of the AFC North. Cleveland is coming off a tough loss on Monday Night against the Baltimore Ravens. The Browns will look to bounce back in this one as they are in the thick of the playoff hunt. Cleveland will look to further secure themselves a spot in the Wild Card race.
New York has put up a record of 5-8 so far this season, which has them sitting in second place of the NFC East. The Giants are one game back on the Washington Football Team, who lead the division. New York is looking to close that gap with a win on Sunday Night Football. If Washington wins and the Giants lose, it could make New York’s playoff hopes very slim.
These two teams are battling it out for a playoff position late in the season, which should lead to a great game on Sunday Night. The Browns are currently sitting in the second Wild Card spot in the AFC, while New York is one game back in the division. Cleveland could still win the AFC North as well after the Steelers lost back to back games.
Cleveland is coming off a matchup against the Baltimore Ravens on Monday Night Football. Baker Mayfield had two passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown. Nick Chubb rushed for two touchdowns and Kareem Hunt had two touchdowns as well. Lamar Jackson had a passing touchdown and two rushing touchdowns, while Gus Edwards rushed for two touchdowns. The Ravens were able to win 47-42 off a last second field goal and safety.
The Giants faced off against the Arizona Cardinals last week. Dion Lewis had a rushing touchdown for New York, but that was all the Giants could get going. Kyler Murray had a passing touchdown, while Kenyan Drake rushed for another touchdown. Mike Nugent went 4-4 on field goals to help lead the Cardinals to a 26-7 win.
Both of these teams are coming off tough losses last week. The Browns lost a heartbreaker after coming from behind. Cleveland could not pull off the upset though. New York could not get much offense going in their loss to Arizona. The Giants were on a five game winning streak before that and will look to get back in rhythm on Sunday Night.
Baker Mayfield has shown why he was the first overall selection back in 2018. Mayfield has thrown for 2785 yards, 23 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. He has also rushed for 104 yards and a touchdown this season. Last week Mayfield went 28-47 for 343 yards, 3 total touchdowns and an interception. Mayfield will look to get going faster in this one.
Daniel Jones is back as the starter for New York after missing a week with injury. Jones has not had the best season so far though. He has thrown for 2462 yards, 8 touchdowns and 9 interceptions this season. He has also rushed for 403 yards and a touchdown this season. Jones went 11-21 for 127 yards before being benched late in last weeks loss.
The Browns have the edge at the Quarterback spot in this one with Mayfield starting. Mayfield has had a much better season overall. Jones has thrown one more interception than touchdown and has fumbled 10 times on the season. Jones has to limit turnovers if New York is going to earn a win in this one. The Giants offense will need to step up if they want to keep up with Cleveland’s dangerous offense.
Offense vs Defense
Cleveland’s offense has been dangerous throughout this season, but their defense has struggled. The Browns have scored 348 points, which is 13th in the NFL. Cleveland has also gained 4864 yards of offense, which is 11th in the league. The Browns defense has given up 368 points and 4720 yards to opposing teams, which is 27th and 19th in the NFL.
The Giants have been great on defense this season, but their offense has not found any rhythm. New York has put up 238 points and gained 3901 yards, which are both 31st in the league this season. The Giants have held their opponents to 291 points, which is 9th in the NFL. New York has only given up 4458 yards of offense, which is 11th in the league.
This matchup will be a classic battle between offense and defense. Cleveland’s offense has not been stopped very often this season and it will go up against the Giants, who have held opposing offenses down. The Browns defense on the other hand has struggled, which could give New York’s dormant offense a chance to get going on Sunday Night.
Both of these teams are coming off losses a week ago and they will look to bounce back in this one. Both teams are in the thick of the playoff hunt, but Cleveland has been the better team this season. I believe the Browns will be able to continue their dominance on offense, which New York will have a tough time keeping up with. If Cleveland can jump out to a fast start, it might be too much for the Giants.
BetOnline has the Browns listed as a -6 against the spread. This gives a solid edge to Cleveland on the road. I agree with this line as the Browns have been the better team this season. New York is fighting for the NFC East, which has struggled as a whole. Cleveland lost on Monday Night Football last week, but went toe to toe with a Ravens team that has dominated them in the past.