Last week the surging Giants had their winning streak snapped in blowout fashion losing 26-7 to the Arizona Cardinals. While there is no shame in dropping that game, because Arizona is a good team, it left something to be desired for many Giant fans. It was a tough game that the G-men lost in every possible way. However, the schedule does not get any easier from here. The final three games of the schedule go as follows. at home against Cleveland (9-4), on the road in Baltimore (8-5), and at home against Dallas (4-9). All three of those teams are still mathematically alive and can make the playoffs. Each team will be fighting and clawing in their own way to make it to the dance.
Dave Gettleman did well this past offseason acquiring players to improve a defense that ranked near the bottom of the league in 2019 by bringing in tackling machine Blake Martinez and breakout star James Bradberry. Along with the resurgence of Leonard Williams, the Giants have put together a top ten scoring defense. It seems like it has been like this for most of the season due to the Giants’ offensive struggles but they are going to have to play their best game of the season to keep pace with the Browns.
The two-headed monster of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt is by far the most dangerous backfield in the game. Both guys have the power to run you over and the shiftiness to run around you. Also, the depth at the position means neither guy has to be a feature back. They could run either one of them out on either play which can cause problems for a defense. Hunt is more of the 3rd down back as he is a better receiver out of the backfield but Chubb could play in 3rd and short situations. I’d look for Cleveland to run the ball and try to tire out the defense and control the game at the same time keeping the Giants’ offense off the field.
Not only is the Giants’ injury report quite lengthy with players like Darnay Holmes and Blake Martinez listed as questionable but they will also be without their offensive coordinator and number one defensive back due to Covid-19 protocols. Freddie Kitchens will be doing the playcalling from the sidelines this Sunday due to the absence of Jason Garrett. Losing a top coach as well as arguably the team’s best player should be tough to overcome.
Cleveland has not been able to stop opposing quarterbacks from throwing all over the yard on them as evidenced by last Monday’s performance. Lamar Jackson came back in after missing a majority of the second half due to cramps and led two scoring drives in the final minutes of the fourth. It looked like the Ravens were running the route tree in pregame warmups. Overall Cleveland’s pass defense ranks 20th in the league allowing just under 250 per game. If Daniel Jones plays and plays well this is definitely something the Giants should look to exploit.
This team did not play well last week against a solid offense. Now that they are going up against one of the best offenses in the league I find it hard to see the Giants pulling this one out. I’m sure the defense will have a tougher time considering Bradberry is going to miss this game but I don’t think they are going to lose as badly. With this two-game skid Giants, fans can all but kiss the playoffs goodby. I think the Giants will drop to 5-9 with a 31-20 loss to the Browns.