April 12, 2021

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New York Giants open as 3.5-point home underdogs…

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New York Giants open as 3.5-point home underdogs...


The New York Giants (5-8) host the Cleveland Browns (9-4) at MetLife Stadium in a matchup that was flexed from a 1:00 p.m. start to Sunday Night Football by the NFL last week.

At the time, both teams were flying high. The Giants and Browns were both on four-game winning streaks. The Giants were in first place in the NFC East, while the Browns were still several games behind Pittsburgh in the AFC North but settled themselves into the top wild card berth in the AFC.

Since then, both teams have taken deflating losses. The Giants were crushed by the Arizona Cardinals at home, 26-7, knocking them from the top of the NFC East and putting a hole in the hull of their playoff hopes. The Browns lost a seesaw shootout with the Baltimore Ravens at home on Monday night, 47-42, but maintained their playoff seeding.

BetMGM made the Browns early 3.5-point favorites and set the over/under at 46. Considering the Giants are planning on starting the hobbled Daniel Jones at quarterback and were just walloped in every facet of the game by Arizona, this appears to be generous.

The Browns are finally coming together, especially on offense. Quarterback Baker Mayfield is fulfilling his No. 1 overall draft status promise. He has thrown for 23 touchdowns versus just eight interceptions and has a 96.6 QB rating this season.

Mayfield is only a part of the Cleveland juggernaut. The Browns have an excellent rushing attack, the NFL’s third best, averaging 156.2 yards per game behind running backs Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt.

The Giants just allowed the Cardinals 159 yards on the ground, the most they’ve given up all season. Chubb averages 5.9 yards per carry and Hunt, the former Kansas City Chiefs stud, has reestablished himself as one of the NFL’s most talented all-purpose backs.

The Giants are coming off a horrific offensive performance against Arizona, accumulating just 159 yards, their lowest total in a game in seven years. They are averaging just 18.3 points per game this year. Only the Jets (14.1) are worse.

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Giants open as 3.5-point home underdogs vs. Browns



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