The New York Giants dropped its second straight game Sunday night, losing 20-6 to the Cleveland Browns. For the second straight week the offense struggled to get in a rhythm, only putting up two field goals.
The Giants had three red zone opportunities in the first half, but only came away with three points after turning it over on downs twice. The first attempt featured a trick play that saw punter Riley Dixon trying to connect with center Nick Gates in the end zone.
Colt McCoy, who started for the injured Daniel Jones, finished the night completing 19 of 31 his passes for 221 yards. Most of the Giants’ success on offense in 2020 has come on the ground. However, New York only ran the ball 21 times for 74 yards Sunday night. Alfred Morris led the rushing attack with 39 yards on seven carries. Wayne Gallman finished with just 29 yards on nine carries.
The defense was without standout corner back James Bradberry, who was placed on the COVID-19 list this past Thursday. Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield shredded the Giants secondary, completing 84.4% of his passes for 297 yards and two touchdowns. He was only sacked once all night.
The Giants were able to hold one of the league’s best rushing attacks to just 106 yards on 30 attempts. Nick Chubb led the Browns with 50 yards on 15 carries and one touchdown.
With Washington also losing Sunday, the Giants are still one game back of the NFC East lead. However, with the Dallas Cowboys’ win, the Giants are now in third place by way of a tie-breaker.
The Giants (5-9) will look to keep its playoff hopes alive as they head to Baltimore next week for a meeting with the Ravens (9-5).
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