Gridiron Gab Week Five Preview – Cleveland at New York Giants

The Cleveland Browns haven’t played a game for 10 days, and they hope a trip to the Big Apple against the Giants will finally cure their ails of not winning a game in 2012 to date.

Trent Richardson gave the game a little boost this week when he said that he felt the Browns could get yards on the ground vs the Giants, just like the Eagles did last week.

That commented was countered by Giants DE Osi Umenyiora, who says if Richardson thinks the Browns can run on them – try it.

“I heard about the stuff he said but at the end of the day we just have little mental errors on the game,” Umenyiora said. “Like one guy wasn’t where he was supposed to be, which allowed (LeSean) McCoy to get those yards. It’s not like it was a complete team breakdown, it’s more like it was one person on each individual play. If he looks on tape and thinks he sees some candy, then come try to get it.”

Thus the stage is set for the two teams, with the Giants coming off a loss last week while the Browns were losers 10 days ago vs the Ravens by 7 in Baltimore.

There’s no doubt the Browns should make this a game, they haven’t lost by more than 10 points and played Baltimore tough on the road last Thursday, falling 23-16. Cleveland drove from its own 10 to the Ravens’ 33 in the final minute, but a pair of desperation passes into the end zone from Brandon Weeden fell incomplete.

Don’t forget the Giants are also banged up. Receivers Hakeem Nicks and Ramses Barden, along with safety Kenny Phillips and defensive tackle Rocky Bernard, won’t play due to injuries. Other key players such as offensive linemen David Diehl and Chris Snee, safety Antrelle Rolle and cornerback Corey Webster, are questionable due to health issues.

The Browns will try to take advantage, though they could also be missing some key players. Receiver Josh Cribbs, however, practiced Wednesday for the first time since sustaining a concussion against Baltimore.

Cleveland will need to feed Richardson quite a bit, as the Browns run game has totaled 76 rushing yards in the last two games and is averaging 76.3. New York, though, still may see a steady diet of bruising rookie running back Richardson, who’s rushed for 222 yards and three touchdowns.

Eli Manning will pick on a Joe Haden-less Browns secondary, and look for Victor Cruz to have a big game. The Giants D wants to avenge the loss, and Richardson’s comments may be the thing that puts them over the top.

NY Giants 23 Cleveland 10

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