The New York Giants and Cleveland Browns are set to square off in Week 5 of the 2012 NFL season.
The contest is set to get underway at 1 p.m. ET at MetLife Stadium. The game will be broadcast on CBS. If you can’t get to a TV or don’t have the game in your local market, you can watch a live stream online by purchasing NFL Sunday Ticket Max.
Coming off a heartbreaking loss to the Eagles, the Giants should be able to get back on track against the Browns. Cleveland is one of two remaining winless teams, and opened Week 5 as one of the largest underdogs this season.
The Browns, however, has been able to keep every game close. Their four losses have come by an average of 6.25 points.
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Cleveland will look to take advantage of a banged up Giants team that will be without their top wide receiver for the third straight week. Hakeem Nicks won’t play with swelling in his foot and knee. Safety Kenny Phillips will also be out with a knee injury.
Ramses Barden stepped up in Nicks’ absence, but will miss the game because of a concussion. He caught 11 passed for 174 yards with Nicks on the bench.
New York’s defensive line is healthy, but it has struggled to match its level of production from 2011. After dominating opposing team’s offensive lines a year ago, the Giants are tied for 18th in the league with eight sacks. Justin Tuck doesn’t even have a hit on the quarterback.
The Giants biggest advantage in the matchup is at quarterback. Eli Manning is second in the NFL with 1,320 passing yards. Brandon Weeden has not fared as well. He’s last among all starters with a 60.4 quarterback rating.
The rookie has certainly struggled, but he’s leading an offense that doesn’t have many weapons. Greg Little and Mohamed Massaquoi are the Browns leading receivers, neither of whom have ever have ever had a season of over 709 receiving yards.
Trent Richardson is actually the team’s third leading receiver. The rookie rusher has accumulated 222 yards and three touchdowns on the ground in his first season.
Betting Line: New York-8, 43.5
Prediction: On paper, the Giants should win this game. However, New York has a habit in recent years of playing poorly against inferior teams. Still, it will be hard for a team led by the worst quarterback in the league to defeat one that’s led by a two-time Super Bowl MVP.
Predicted Score: New York 30, Cleveland 24