Can the New York Giants’ offense hang with the Cleveland Browns?

New York Giants rookie QB Daniel Jones called a "loser" by Baker Mayfield of the Cleveland Browns.

The New York Giants have one of the worst offenses in the NFL. The Giants are averaging 18.3 points per game, the second-lowest averaging in the NFL this season behind only the New York Jets. New York is coming off of a disappointing Week 14 loss that saw the team score only 7 points against the Arizona Cardinals.

In Week 15, the Giants will play a crucial primetime matchup with the Cleveland Browns. The Browns will be playing their second primetime game in a row, after going toe-to-toe with the Baltimore Ravens on Monday night. Cleveland came up just short in this divisional matchup, losing 47-42.

Each team scored six touchdowns in the thrilling Monday night matchup that saw the heroics of the reigning MVP Lamar Jackson propel the Ravens to victory. The Browns hung in there though, seeing their offense explode with 42 points. Now, heading into Week 15, do the New York Giants have what it take to hang in with the Cleveland Browns’ offense if they explode once again?

The Cleveland Browns offense

The Cleveland Browns possess one of the best rushing attacks in the NFL. The Browns have averaged 25.6 points per game this season, over a touchdown per game more than the Giants.

Cleveland possesses the third-ranked rushing offense in the NFL. They are averaging 156.2 rushing yards per game. The Browns’ impressive running back duo of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt has helped the Browns control time of possession and win games with a fierce ground attack.

But third-year quarterback Baker Mayfield has not been too shabby either. Baker has had a breakout season in 2020, totaling 2,785 passing yards en route to a 9-4 record. Mayfield has also already passed his 2019 season total of passing touchdowns with 23 so far this season. But the key to Baker’s third-year development has been his turnover reduction. Baker threw 21 interceptions in 2019 but has only thrown 8 so far this season. This improvement has been the biggest difference-maker for Baker and the Browns offense.

With the Browns’ excellent rushing attack combined with a new-and-improved Baker Mayfield in 2020, rookie head coach Kevin Stefanski has put together a few huge offensive performances this season.

The Browns have scored 30 or more points in seven games this season. They have managed to crack 40 or more points three times this year. Stefanski’s offense is capable of putting up high-flying offensive performances. The Giants, on the other hand, are not as capable.

The New York Giants have only scored 30 or more points in one game this season, their Week 5 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Granted, the Giants’ defense has been great this season, so the Giants’ offense was not required to put up a high volume of points in any of their five wins. But the Browns’ offense is playing like one of the best in the NFL this season, so even though the Giants have a phenomenal defense, Cleveland could manage to put up a high volume of points on Sunday night. New York’s offense will need to have its best performance of the season if it wants to hang in a shootout with the Cleveland Browns.

New York Giants: Slowing down dominant Cleveland rushing attack the key to Week 15 victory

The New York Giants lost a crucial matchup with the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. This loss moved the Giants down to second place in the NFC East as the Washington Football Team came out victorious against the San Fransisco 49ers. It is a tight race to the finish line for the top teams in the NFC East. Every game left on the schedule should be treated as a playoff game.

This race to the playoffs makes the Giants’ primetime Week 15 matchup that much more important. New York will host the Cleveland Browns next Sunday night in a difficult matchup that will greatly affect the Giants’ chance of winning the division. Cleveland is coming off of an impressive Week 14 performance that saw them come up just short against reigning MVP Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens. The Browns put on a rushing clinic against Baltimore, as they have all season long. If the Giants want to come out victorious against the Browns, they need to slow down Cleveland’s rushing attack.

Cleveland’s dominant rushing attack

The Cleveland Browns have the best running back duo in the NFL. Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt are two top-tier running backs running out of the same backfield. This has helped Cleveland create one of the best rushing offenses in the NFL this season.

The Cleveland Browns are third in the NFL in rushing yards per game at 156.2 yards, behind only the Baltimore Ravens and Tennessee Titans. The Browns have totaled 16 touchdowns on the ground this season.

After a 2019 season that saw running back Nick Chubb total 1494 rushing yards, 2020 has seen the running back have another excellent season. The Browns’ 2018 second-round pick has dealt with injuries this year and played in only 9 games, but he has performed as one of the best running backs in the NFL when on the field. Chubb is averaging 5.9 yards per attempt and 97.9 yards per game, totaling 881 rushing yards and a career-high 9 rushing touchdowns in 9 games.

Kareem Hunt has been just as impressive though, whether filling in as the full-time back while Chubb was injured or splitting the workload with his teammate in the backfield. Kareem Hunt is averaging 4.4 yards per attempt and 59.4 yards per game as Cleveland’s secondary running back. Hunt has also provided the Browns with solid receiving ability out of the backfield, totaling 252 receiving yards and 5 receiving touchdowns, matching his total of 5 rushing touchdowns on the season.

The Browns’ running back duo has accounted for 19 of the team’s touchdowns this season. Cleveland’s offense runs through those two backs. If the Giants want to get back to their winning ways on Sunday, they need to slow down Cleveland’s rushing attack.

New York Jets Record Predictions for the 2020 season

New York Jets, Mekhi Becton

We are hours away from New York Jets football. In honor of the season, I have decided to give my official game by game predictions for the Jets season.  I will mark each game with a win or a loss prediction and then, at the end, give my final thoughts on how I predict they finish for the 2020-21 NFL Season.

Week 1: vs. Bills

Then Jets kick off the season in Orchard Park. With Josh Allen gaining new toys this offseason, and Sam Darnold gaining coal, I expect Allen to have success early. Especially after locking down Tre White, this Bills team is riding high, so I’ll say they probably ride out with a W.

PREDICTION: LOSS

Week 2: vs. 49ers

The 49ers have one of the best defensive lines in all of football. You can rebuild any offensive line, but it will be hard for this new one to stop the wrecking crew that San Fran brings. I don’t expect a big offensive game, so the defensive game favors the 49ers immensely.

PREDICTION: LOSS

Week 3: at Colts

The Colts have had an overrated offseason. The defense will take a big step this year, but the offense is not where it needs to be. Pittman and Campbell will have success at some point, but not with Rivers throwing a medicine ball-style pass time and time again. I think the Jets have the edge here.

PREDICTION: WIN

Week 4: vs. Broncos

A few weeks ago, I would have predicted Denver outright. Now, Von Miller is out, and Courtland Sutton is struggling to stay healthy. Without two of their biggest weapons on both sides of the ball, Denver may have a tough day. 

PREDICTION: WIN

Week 5: vs. Cardinals

The Arizona offense is next level. Kingsbury is an underrated leader as a coach, and with all that talent, I expect them to steamroll the Jets.

PREDICTION: LOSS

Week 6: at Chargers

The Chargers will toll in mediocrity this year. Tyrod Taylor is nearly a place holder, and it’s going to take a little for Herbert to be up to par. Tyrod will play well, but I’m going with Gang Green.

PREDICTION: WIN

Week 7: vs. Bills

The Bills sweep the Jets in the season series. The Bills may have some hiccups, but particularly against the Fins and Jets, I expect them to play really good football.

PREDICTION: LOSS

Week 8: at Chiefs

Do I even need to explain this one? 

PREDICTION: LOSS

Week 9: vs. Patriots

Cam Newton has not played too well against Gregg Williams led defenses in the past, and I don’t expect that to let up any time soon. The Jets win a close one against the Pats.

PREDICTION: WIN

Week 10: at Dolphins

Coming off a surprise win, I expect the juices to be flowing, and if the Jets can’t at least win one of the two games, they will be in for a tough AFC East record.

PREDICTION: WIN

Week 11: Bye

Week 12: vs. Dolphins

Coming off a bye, expect Too to debut if he isn’t already. This should be the game a good coach wins, and that’s where Flores outshines Gase.

PREDICTION: LOSS

Week 13: vs. Raiders

The Raiders are a year out from contention. This next offseason needs to be a big one for both the Jets and Vegas to take steps forward. For now, though, the Jets are just a smidge better.

PREDICTION: WIN

Week 14: at Seahawks

The Hawks are my team to watch in the Super Bowl. I expect wild card type noise from Seattle and a deep run, the likes of which the Jets can’t keep up with. 

PREDICTION: LOSS

Week 15: at Rams

The Rams offense is mediocre, but their defense is top-notch. With two of the best in the game, the Rams defense will give Sam nightmares all day long.

PREDICTION: LOSS

Week 16: vs. Browns

Odell likes some weird things, but those won’t help his relationship with Baker. Baker needs to take a big jump, or else the Browns could move on. I think that the Jets’ new brass is devoted to Sam, unlike the Browns to Baker, so I’ll roll with Gang Green to win this one.

PREDICTION: WIN

Week 17: at Patriots

I firmly expect the Pats to be in the playoffs by this point, so this should be a light day for the Pats, which could skew the outcome of this contest.

PREDICTION: WIN

Final record: 8-8

Middle of the road seasons never hurt anyone except the Jets fanbase. This would be significant growth, though, and set the Jets up nicely for a 2021 run at the playoffs.