In the NFL, any team can beat any other team on any given day for the most part. Everyone on the field, regardless of uniform, is a professional, and pros can beat even the best of other pros. It isn’t that often that you need a game that you can point at and describe as a tremendous sandwich game that might be dangerous, but that’s the spot that the New York Giants are in this week when they take on the Cleveland Browns at MetLife Stadium.
Don’t get us wrong; New York probably isn’t losing this game. When the lines for NFL picks come out, the Giants are going to be favored by more than a touchdown. Still, it’s a terrible scheduling spot for a team that historically plays to the level of its opponents.
The Giants are coming off of a heartbreaking 19-17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles which came up just short – literally – of victory. K Lawrence Tynes just missed a 54-yard field goal that would have won the game for the visitors short of the mark. After this week, a trip to the Bay Area for a rematch of the NFC Championship Game is on tap.
This is also just the second game of the year for the Giants that wasn’t in primetime. The first was a 41-34 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a game in which they trailed by at least two scores on multiple occasions before waking up and rallying in the second half. That Tampa Bay team might turn out to be alright this year, but it is also a squad that has now lost 13 of its last 14 games dating back to last year.
The Browns had a long week of preparation after losing on Thursday Night Football, and you know that they are going to be hyped for this one against the defending Super Bowl champs in their stadium.
The last time these two teams met was in 2008. The Giants lost 35-14 as nine-point favorites, and it was their only loss in their first 12 games of the campaign. That Cleveland team finished 4-12 and scored a total of just 31 points in its final six games of the season combined.
It’s just more proof that anything can happen on any given Sunday, and that’s why the Giants really need to pay very close attention to this Cleveland squad for sure.