It’s safe to assume that Jim Brown won’t be an NFL scout anytime in the near future. Brown, the Hall of Fame running back that spent his entire career in Cleveland, said in a roundabout way that Trent Richardson was going to be a bust. The only bust that Richardson’s name might one day be associated is in Canton.
The Browns need to pitchfork-feed Richardson the ball every game, that’s the only way they’ll have a chance to win. He only got 18 touches in last Thursday’s 23-16 loss at Baltimore. With those he produced more than 100 all-purpose yards. Meanwhile, Brandon Weeden dropped back to pass a ridiculous 53 times! Cleveland was in the game for most of the night but called plays like they were down three scores. But I’m not down on Weeden, I’m just much higher on Richardson. The kid from ‘Bama already looks like a bona-fide, top-tier tailback in the NFL.
I’ve heard a lot of criticism about Weeden and Thursday was the first time I got to see him in live action. I was impressed. He threw off his back foot in the face of pressure too many times and he made a bad mistake on the pick-six, but overall he didn’t look that bad. Start your Online Betting action on the Cleveland Browns vs. New York Giants Game.
He made some smart decisions and more than a few quality throws. If his receivers hadn’t dropped 8-10 passes his stat line would have been much better. What I’m trying to say is that Weeden did not look overwhelmed against a top-flight defense and he’s ready to play in this league now. Look, we all know this is a very young, ripe team. They were starting four rookies on offense at one point last Thursday. But they don’t play like chickens running around with their heads cut off. The Browns are hungry for wins and they’re going to come out and play hard each and every week.
In my humble opinion, this is another perfect opportunity to catch a giant sleeping. The Ravens were playing their fourth game in 17 days and were coming off an emotional win against New England. The Giants are in a very similar situation, having played in a tough loss to a divisional rival on Sunday night. New York has a bad habit of playing down to its competition. Last year, they lost to Seattle at home as 10-point favorites. They were also beaten by Washington at home late in the season as 5.5-point chalk.
This secondary just can’t catch a break when it comes to injuries. Kenny Phillips was the latest member to go down, being removed in the first quarter of the Eagles game with a knee injury. Justin Tuck said the defense became “gun shy” after Phillips went down.
Nickel corner Will Hill moved into Phillips’ starting strong safety spot. The Giants were already without backup corners Jayron Hosely and Michael Coe. Reserve safety Tyler Sash does return from suspension this week. Check the Online Betting Lines on the Cleveland Browns vs. New York Giants Game.
The secondary is always ailing but has capable replacements. If there’s one major chink in the Giants’ defensive armor it’s against the run. LeSean McCoy smoked that group last week to the tune of 5.3 yards per carry. Before last week’s Browns game, one offensive lineman said they wanted to run the ball 30 times.
That line was fired up and creating holes. Richardson needs at least 20 carries in this contest for Cleveland to have a chance at avoiding an eleventh consecutive loss. Three of Cleveland’s safeties (Usama Young, Tashaun Gipson, T.J. Ward) got nicked up last week so that becomes an issue if any one of them can’t play.
The secondary was already without backup safety Eric Hagg, and Joe Haden is still suspended. Eli Manning can expose a hobbling back half with ease.
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