New York Giants vs. Cleveland Browns
Date and Time: Sunday, November 27, 2016, 1 p.m. ET
Location: FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, OH
Week 12 NFL Odds at BookMaker.eu: Giants -7, 44.5
Giants vs. Browns TV Coverage: FOX
Last week’s home matchup with the Bears found the GMEN in an extremely tough spot a week removed from winning a hard fought Monday nighter against the Cincinnati Bengals. Each of the Giants last five wins have come down to holding on in the fourth quarter. The offense took the air out of the ball last week due to excessive wind gusts which saw Rashad Jennings have one of his best games of the year leading NY to the 22-16 win and non-cover.
It’s going to be a beautiful day for football in Cleveland on Sunday with temps in the mid-40s with little to no wind. That should have Eli Manning and the Giants wide receiver corps back in action against a pitiful Browns defense that gives up over 409 total yards per game and upwards of 265 passing yards per game. Le’Veon Bell ripped Cleveland’s D apart last week, so Jennings could be in line for yet another solid showing.
The nightmare season continues for the Browns who dropped their eleventh straight game last Sunday in the form of a 24-9 loss to the Steelers. They failed to cover the 8 point spread in that game and enter this Week 12 tilt losers of five in a row against the closing pointspread. Not that the franchise will do anything with it, but an 0-16 campaign will earn them the No. 1 pick in next year’s NFL draft. Losing the rest of the way only benefits this team.
Injuries, suspensions, poor play, bad play-calling, failing to execute; you name it, the Browns have done it throughout the 2016-17 regular season. Cody Kessler is done for the foreseeable future due to a concussion which means veteran Josh McCown is back under center. Not sure if that’s an upgrade or not. The Giants have averaged less than two sacks per game on the year, but Jason Pierre-Paul and Olivier Hernon could wreak havoc in the Browns backfield with the offensive line giving up 3.5 per game. McCown best be on red alert!
The Giants offense hasn’t taken off quite like many expected when upper management hired former offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo as head coach. For the year, NY has played to a 16.7 offensive yards per point average. That output has however decreased to 13.8 over the last three weeks with the team averaging 23.7 points per game; nearly 3 points per game higher than their seasonal average.
Cleveland’s defense has been wretched all season long in playing to a 13.9 defensive yards per point average. Only the 49ers, Falcons, Saints, Chargers, Packers and Jaguars have been worse. If you can believe it, their defensive YPP average has decreased to 13.0 over the last three weeks. New York should have its way offensively with this unit.
Giants vs. Browns Free Picks
Don’t let last week’s result against Chicago sway your opinion of the Giants. New York was only looking to get in and out with a win as quickly as possible with the weather dramatically changing the way the offense attacked the Bears. That won’t be the case this afternoon. Style points will be sought after, and the Browns simply don’t have enough on either side of the ball to keep up.
The Giants stand 2-1-1 versus the NFL odds at BookMaker.eu on the road to date, while the Browns have failed to cover their last six home games as well as each of the last nine times they were dogged by 7+ points in their own house. Look for the GMEN to cruise to the road win and cover in style.
Giants vs. Browns ATS Pick: Giants -7 at BookMaker.eu
Giants vs. Browns Score Prediction: Giants 34 - Browns 10