New York Giants vs. Cleveland Browns
The New York Giants and the Cleveland Browns meet on Sunday in New Jersey in a NFL week five match up. The Giants are -10 point favorites over the Browns with an over/under point total set at 44.
The New York Giants have started the 2012 NFL season at 2-2 which is good enough for a three way tie for second place in the NFC East but they have lost both of their division games thus far. Eli Manning hasn’t been on top of his game and he isn’t getting a lot of help as he has completed 64.4 percent of his passes with seven touchdowns and four interceptions while being sacked four times. Andre Brown leads the Giants in rushing averaging 5.2 yards per carry and scoring three touchdowns and Ahmad Bradshaw is getting healthier averaging 3.8 yards per carry and scoring a touchdown. Hakeem Nicks has been injured and limited with 14 catches while Victor Cruz has 32 catches and two touchdowns, Martellus Bennett has 16 catches and three touchdowns, and Ramses Barden is contributing with 12 catches. Defensively the Giants are allowing 21 points per game, 118 rushing yards per game, and 254 passing yards per game with six interceptions and 11 sacks. Antrel Rolle has 23 tackles, Chase Blackburn and Osi Umenyiora each have two sacks, and Michael Boley has three interceptions. Like most teams the Giants are battling through injuries and seem to be playing with a different set of key personnel each week.
The Cleveland Browns are still winless this season but they have played in several close games where a play or two made all of the difference. QB Brandon Weeden has completed 53.9 percent of his passes with three touchdowns and seven interceptions while being sacked nine times. Trent Richardson seems to be getting better every week and he is averaging 3.5 yards per carry and has three touchdowns and he has 15 catches and a touchdown. Benjamin Watson has 12 receptions for the Browns, Greg Little has 11 receptions, and Mohamed Massaquoi has nine receptions as Cleveland is just missing a primary downfield target. Defensively the Browns allow 24.5 points per game, 117.3 rushing yards per game, and 286 passing yards per game with six interceptions and 13 sacks. D’Qwell Jackson has 25 tackles, three sacks, and two interceptions, Craig Robertson has 27 tackles and two interceptions, and T.J. Ward has 27 tackles. The Browns’ defense spends a lot of time on the field and the offense just seems to be missing a home run threat.
New York is 7-2-1 against the spread in their last 10 games, 0-4 against the spread against a team with a losing record, and 2-12 against the spread in their last 14 home games against a team with a losing road record. Cleveland is 5-0-1 against the spread in their last six road games, 6-1-1 against the spread following a loss, and 3-0-1 against the spread following a game which they covered the spread.
The Browns aren’t good but they know how to keep it close and this looks to be too many points for what looks to be an ugly game.
Cleveland Browns +10 New York Giants