Giants fall to Browns: Winners, losers and those in between
The New York Giants' playoff chances had another hit this week when they lost their second straight game to the Cleveland Browns on Sunday night.
With the loss tonight, the Giants and Cowboys are now both 5-9, finishing second in the NFC East. However, Dallas technically holds the tie breaker that would put New York in third place. Fortunately, the Washington Football Team lost on Sunday too, so the Giants and Cowboys only have one game left in the division and two weeks to play.
Quarterback Colt McCoy started his second game of the season in place of the injured Daniel Jones (thigh, sprained ankle), but the offensive could only scratch three total points.
Head coach Joe Judge was aggressive in the red zone when he scored fourth goal twice in a row, but the Giants were unsuccessful on either chance. This included a questionable fake field goal call in which punter Riley Dixon attempted triple cover - to center Nick Gates, no less.
The Giants sorely missed top cornerback James Bradberry (Reserve / COVID-19 list) as they were forced to play in soft zone coverage for most of the night without putting pressure on the quarterback. This resulted in Baker Mayfield and the Browns building their passport defense at will.
Here are the winners, losers, and mixed ratings of the Giants' week 15 loss to the Cleveland Browns.
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Dexter Lawrence: Speaking of revenge games, Dexter Lawrence, who the Giants designed with the first choice they got from the Browns at the Odell Beckham deal, had a big night with a sack, a pass, defended in fourth place , and several runs stops. Darius Slayton: Although Darius Slayton hasn't been a factor in the last three games, he had four catches for 74 yards. However, he had a brutal drop. Colt McCoy: In his second start of the season, Colt McCoy went 221 meters through the air 19:31. Others: Sterling Shepard, Tae Crowder, Blake Martinez, Leonard Williams, offensive line.
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Joe Judge: Instead of taking the points, head coach Joe Judge was overly aggressive and rolled twice in the red zone in fourth place. Both times the Giants got away with nothing. One of those attempts was a forged field goal pass where punter Riley Dixon threw the ball. This was a decision the first year head coach likely wishes he had back. The judge lost a challenge later in the game with an onside kick. Defense: If the Giants' defense has been in trouble this season, it is because of: soft zone coverage and no pressure on the quarterback. Sunday night Brown's caller Baker Mayfield went 27-of-32 for 297 yards and two touchdowns. And Patrick Graham's defense had little answer to stop Cleveland's offensive without top cornerback James Bradberry. Other: Offense, Devante Downs
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Dion Lewis: Lewis returned the opening start for 48 yards to start the night. Unfortunately, his second return wouldn't go as well as he did for the second straight week. Fortunately, the giants were able to restore it this time.
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