The highlights include Eli Manning's three touchdown passes, despite the absence of top receiver Hakeem Nicks and Ramses Barden. Victor Cruz shined, and Reuben Randle and Domenik Hixon proved to be worthy replacements.
Trailing by two touchdowns less than five minutes into the game, the New York Giants had the Cleveland Browns right where they wanted them.
For the second time in as many home games, the explosive Giants (3-2) stormed back from a surprising and sizable first-half deficit against an inferior opponent, with a 41-point outburst.
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Not only did the offense respond in a big way, but they also played the most complete game of the season, other than the first five minutes, in the Giants? 41-27 win.
Bradshaw must have been really irked by his fumble because he turned into a different player for the remainder of the game. He finished the day with a career-high 200 yards on 30 carries with a touchdown.
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The Giants overcame some early rust after Bradshaw's fumble on the first play of the game helped put the Giants in a 7-0 hole. The Browns went up, 14-0, shortly after on a 62-yard TD pass from 28 year-old rookie QB Brandon Weeden to WR Josh Gordon.
It was all Giants after that. QB Eli Manning (25/37, 259 yds and 3 TDs) led a balanced offense that featured a ton of Bradshaw (30 carries for 200 yards and 4 catches for 29 more), a little of Cruz (five receptions for 50 yards and 3 TDs) and solid performances by the team's top two draft picks: WR Rueben Randle and RB David Wilson.
The Giants defense should have had a stronghold on the Browns this afternoon, but early on they came out flat. Consequently, the Browns? rookies burned ?em.
Trent Richardson, who said he would find running lanes against the G-Men, showed he?s a man of his word.
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WR Ramses Barden (concussion), DT Rocky Bernard (quadricep), CB Jayron Hosley (hamstring), WR Hakeem Nicks (foot, knee), S Kenny Phillips (knee), OL David Diehl (knee), LB Keith Rivers (hmastring)
Browns Inactives: S Tashaun Gipson (knee), TE Alex Smith (head), WR Travis Benjamin (hamstring), WR Mohamed Massaquoi (hamstring), QB Thaddeus Lewis, RB Brandon Jackson, OL Ryan Miller
Start: Domenik Hixon
Hixon has been a popular name this week on many waiver wire pickups or sleeper starts, but it?s definitely warranted.
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Sam Spiegelman: Tom Coughlin won't allow his team to slip up with a possible "trap game" this week. The Giants' crushing loss at the hands of the Eagles will serve as motivation to make a statement against the Browns. Despite who suits up at wide receiver this week, Eli Manning will exploit the Joe Haden-less secondary. And perhaps this is the game in which Coughlin decides to get back to the running game. A turnover-prone rookie and the lack of healthy offensive weapons should be the perfect remedy for a Giants defense looking to regain its form. Giants 34, Browns 17
Kel Dansby: The Giants defense will play well enough to keep this a low scoring game. Eli Manning will limit his turnovers and the offense will wear down the Browns defense on the ground. I wouldn't be surprised to see the Giants start slow in this contest and enter the half down by a few points, but with the help of a few big plays pull away from Cleveland in the third quarter. Giants 27, Browns 16
Kickoff: 1:00pm Eastern
Site: MetLife Stadium
Apparently, he had another running back to tease in mind.
Cleveland rookie Trent Richardson told reporters he was not afraid of the Giants' D and he was confident he would be able to have success on them come Sunday.
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The Giants have historically had letdowns in situations such as these in the past. Defensive captain Justin Tuck was asked why his team comes out flat in games against inferior opponents:
"I don?t know. I wish I knew an answer because you?re right. We?ve had a tendency to come out in a lull. I don?t know. I think we are kind of guarding against that this week. Coach brought up the fact that the last time we played Cleveland? what the stakes were and how that ended up, so I think guys are on alert for that, but I won?t be able to answer that question."The WheelHouse questions whether the Giants are in a trap game against the Browns.
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All of a sudden, an area that was the Giants strength will rely on contributions from a medley of different receivers.
Victor Cruz is a given. After a few timely drops Week 1, he?s bounced back to show that last season was no fluke. However, if the Browns or any other opposing defense focuses on limiting Cruz, Eli Manning will need his other targets to step up.
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DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE: WR Travis Benjamin (hamstring), S Tashaun Gipson (knee), WR Mohamed Massaquoi (hamstring), TE Alex Smith (head), S T.J. Ward (hand)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE: WR Joshua Cribbs (head), LB James-Michael Johnson (ribs, oblique), DE Frostee Rucker (shoulder), S Raymond Ventrone (hand, calf), S Usama Young (knee)