The Sunday Night Football game is not the most highly anticipated matchup. NBC wishes they had The Kansas City Chiefs and New Orleans Saints, but they’ll have to settle with the Cleveland Browns and New York Giants. Baker Mayfield vs Daniel Jones would have carried some intrigue, but we’re not going to get that matchup.
Longtime NFL backup and Texas Longhorn, Colt McCoy, is scheduled to get the starting nod against the Browns tonight. Jones is officially out with an ankle injury. That is absolutely not what the Giants needed right now. Despite a record of 5-8, the Giants are in the midst of a race for the NFC East. No one deserves to go to the playoffs, but someone has to go as the winner of the division.
The Washington Football Team would receive that honor with a record of 6-7. It’s possible that a team with a record below the .500 mark is going to be playing in the playoffs. The division was there for any of those four teams to take, and no one has seized the opportunity. With Alex Smith finding a groove upon his return, and the Washington defense playing quite well, they have been the best team of late.
It isn’t much of a compliment, but Washington deserves the NFC East given what we’ve seen recently. If this were college football and a committee voted, Washington would pass the eye test as opposed to the rest in the division. At least McCoy is somewhat of a serviceable option for the Giants. He has had years of experience as a backup, and has occasionally been handed spot duty in a starting role. The Browns can still catch the Steelers thanks to a couple of recent missteps in Pittsburgh.
The previously perfect Steelers have slipped to 11-2 on the season, while the Browns are still statistically alive for the AFC North crown. The Browns go into Sunday night with a record of 9-4. They’re in a good spot and will likely enter the playoffs as a wildcard. Baker Mayfield has waited a while to silence his doubters, and a successful trip in his first showing in the playoffs would do just that. If you are looking for more prop bets in Week 15, head over to our Chiefs vs. Saints page. Head below for our free Browns vs. Giants props for December 20, 2020.
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Wayne Gallman Rushing Yards
The New York Giants suffered a major blow as a result of the Saquon Barkley injury. He was injured against the Chicago Bears in Week 2 and hasn’t seen the field since. Barkley received a season-ending diagnosis because of the knee injury, and it could linger into next season. With Barkley out for the season, there was a golden opportunity for another running back to step up and impress.
Wayne Gallman has been getting most of the carries, and has been doing the most with his chances. Gallman has recorded 561 yards and 6 touchdowns on 4.6 yards per carry. His total yardage and yards per carry is a career-high for Gallman. He is in his fourth season in the NFL and receiving the heaviest workload of his career. The 26-year-old has been getting better with each passing week.
Note that Gallman has run for at least 50 yards in five straight games. He ran for a career-high 135 yards in a win over the Seattle Seahawks two weeks ago. This was after Gallman gained 94 yards against the Bengals a week earlier. Most recently, Gallman posted 57 yards on 4.8 yards per carry against the Cardinals last week. With Daniel Jones injured, expect to see Gallman to see even more opportunities tonight.
Rashard Higgins Receptions
Rashard Higgins has been an under the radar wide receiver in the Browns’ offense. He doesn’t get much recognition, but has been a favorite of Baker Mayfield’s, especially most recently. Baker has been giving Higgins a lot of targets. He’s been reliable, so Higgins continues to generate targets in the offense. Higgins has received 19 targets over the last two weeks. He had a season-high last week, with 10 targets for 6 receptions and 68 yards, including a touchdown.
It’s the second straight week that Higgins found the end zone. He had 6 receptions for 95 yards and a touchdown a week earlier versus the Tennessee Titans. Higgins has registered 12 receptions through the last two games against the Titans and Ravens. I’m going to back Higgins to have another productive game on Sunday night. He should be able to haul in at least 4 receptions against the Giants.
Nick Chubb Receiving Yards
Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt have proven to be a formidable duo together for the Browns. Hunt has been able to stay out of trouble with the Browns, while Chubb continues to make teams regret passing him on the draft. The Patriots opted to draft his teammate, Sony Michel, instead of going with Chubb. That’s a miss, along with going with N’Keal Harry over DK Metcalf. Chubb has gained 881 yards and 9 touchdowns on 5.9 yards per carry in 2020.
Chubb has rushed for at least 80 yards in five straight games. He’s had 100+ yard games in five of nine appearances. Chubb has been playing more of a role in the passing game over the last three weeks. I’ve been able to take advantage of low totals from oddsmakers the last two weeks. He has caught 6 receptions for 32, 26, and 21 yards in his previous three outings. In a week where oddsmakers are throwing out another low total, I will bite on the 7.5 yards and take the OVER.