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In need of a bounce-back win and missing a plethora of key players, the New York Giants (2-2) host the Cleveland Browns (0-4) on Sunday at 1 p.m. at MetLife Stadium.
Lawrence Tynes' 54-yard field goal attempt with 15 seconds left fell short as the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Giants, 19-17, last Sunday. New York has struggled against Philly, dropping eight of the last nine meetings.
STATE OF THE G-MEN
Sunday at the Met is a must-win for the Giants considering the Browns have lost 10 straight games and the brutal part of New York's schedule is around the corner. The defending champions are 0-2 in the NFC East for the first time since 1996 and continue to suffer through an early-season identity crisis, toeing the line between contender and pretender.
The Browns may be winless, but have played opponents tough. Each of their defeats have been by no more than 10 points, including a 23-16 setback to the Baltimore Ravens last Thursday in Baltimore. Brandon Weeden, 28, is old for a first-year quarterback, but he and first-round draft pick Trent Richardson appear to be players. Perhaps there's finally a future by Lake Erie.
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WHAT TO WATCH FOR
In the case of the Giants it's more like what not to watch for. Wide receivers Hakeem Nicks and Ramses Barden, safety Kenny Phillips, and defensive end Rocky Bernard, are all out. Other starters in David Diehl, Chris Snee, Antrel Rolle and Corey Webster are all questionable due to health issues. Win or lose, the Giants have lived up to their "Next man up," mantra. Barden and Andre Brown had big games against the Panthers. Domenik Hixon was great versus the Eagles. This week the Giants turn to Marvin Austin and Markus Kuhn to step up on the defensive line.
The Giants defense will deal with a Browns rushing offense that's totaled 76 yards on the ground the past two games while average 76,3, but will have to contain Richardson, the impressive rookie. Offensively, Big Blue is hoping Manning can feast on Cleveland's passing defense, which ranks 28th in the NFL at 286.0 yards per game and 403.3 overall.
"If (Trent Richardson) looks on tape and he thinks he sees some candy, come try and get it." -- Osi Umenyiora.
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