Last Updated on December 19, 2020
- The Giants are 6.5-point home underdogs amid Daniel Jones’ injury.
- The Browns are 9-4 and still in the mix for the eventual AFC North title.
- The Giants have lost outright in 10 of their last 11 night games.
- The Browns have failed to cover the spread in each of the last six games in which they’ve been road favorites.
There have been a ton of unexpected occurrences in this year alone, and the NFL’s Week 15 matchup between the Giants and Browns being flexed to Sunday Night Football is surely no exception.
The Browns are 9-4 and fighting for the AFC North title, sitting a pair of games back of the division-leading Steelers. The Giants, on the other hand, are a game back of the NFC East lead at 5-8 and most recently came up short against the Cardinals in Week 14.
For differing reasons, this is a must-win game for either team, but Big Blue is in a tough spot. The Giants aren’t likely to field quarterback Daniel Jones (hamstring/ankle) and will not have star cornerback James Bradberry either due to his placement on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. It’ll surely be a difficult game for New York, but just like with everything else in 2020, the door is open to any possible outcome.
The Action Rush Sunday Night Football betting guide provides odds, picks, and analysis for the Giants-Browns Week 15 matchup.
Giants – Browns Week SNF Odds[metabet_core_game_tile query=”nfl/giants” site_id=”actionrush”]
Per DraftKings Sportsbook, the Giants are currently 6.5-point home underdogs to the Browns and +240 on the moneyline while Cleveland is -278. The total is set to over-under 44.0.
The Giants are 8-5 against the spread this season while the Browns are 5-8 in those regards. As far as the total is concerned, the Giants have hit the over in three of their 13 games (3-9-1) while the Browns have hit the over in eight of their 13 games (8-5). The average total is 40.7 for the Giants and 55.1 for the Browns.
Public Favors Browns by a Wide Margin
|Teams||Point Spread||% Handle||% Bets||Total Points||% Handle||% Bets||Moneyline||% Handle||% Bets|
|CLE Browns||-6||88%||89%||Over 44.0||79%||77%||-250||82%||92%|
|NY Giants||+6||12%||11%||Under 44.0||21%||23%||+216||18%||8%|
Game Preview and Betting Angles
This is the first time the Giants will be facing the Browns since 2016, a game in which Big Blue emerged victorious 27-13 en route to a playoff berth. Of course, many were circling this matchup on their calendars due to the fact that it was supposed to be Odell Beckham Jr.’s return to MetLife Stadium. However, OBJ is out for the year with a torn ACL suffered earlier this season.
The Giants will need to win this matchup as they fight for the NFC East title. A win paired with a Washington loss would put them back in first place; the Giants own the tiebreaker due to a pair of wins over the Football Team.
Giants Game Notes
The Giants suffered some tough blows over the past few days, each of which shrinks their chances of ultimately winning this ballgame.
It was revealed Wednesday that Daniel Jones suffered an ankle sprain during the loss to Arizona. That injury paired with the hamstring strain he’s been dealing with for a few weeks puts his status for Sunday in doubt, although he was listed as questionable for the game on Friday’s injury report.
Offensive coordinator Jason Garrett will not be calling the plays due to a recent positive COVID-19 test. Thus, tight ends coach Freddie Kitchens will be assuming those duties against his former team. Kitchens head coached the Browns last year en route to a 6-10 record and was subsequently fired after the regular-season finale.
The Giants also won’t be fielding star cornerback James Bradberry, who was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list after apparently coming in contact with someone outside of the facility who had tested positive. This is a huge loss for the strong Giants defense — Bradberry has been one of the top corners in the league in 2020.
Browns Game Notes
This Browns team is different. It’s not like the Browns teams were used to, that’s for sure, and Cleveland proved that in the midst of its overtime loss to Baltimore this past Monday night.
Head coach Kevin Stefanski runs a high-powered offense that’s putting up 26.8 points per game and gaining 374.2 average yards. The roster is also loaded on that side of the ball, with Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt manning the run game and Jarvis Landry standing tall as Baker Mayfield’s top target. Mayfield doesn’t even need to do too much, and instead, act as a game manager.
The Browns defense, however, isn’t as strong, allowing 363.1 yards per game as well as 28.3 average points. Cleveland won’t have that daunting of a task on its hands though — veteran backup quarterback Colt McCoy is likely going to start for the second time in three weeks, and with or without Jones, this Giants offense is still very much below average (31st in both scoring and total offense).
Former Giants inside linebacker B.J. Goodson leads the Browns with 84 combined tackles while the ferocious Myles Garrett has racked up 10.5 sacks on the year.
How To Watch Giants – Browns SNF
- Date: Sunday, Dec. 20
- Time: 8:20 p.m. ET
- Location: MetLife Stadium (East Rutherford, NJ)
- TV: NBC
Prediction: Browns Cover and Win Outright
Amid the situations involving Daniel Jones, Jason Garrett, and James Bradberry, there are just too many factors not in favor of the Giants at the moment. Given that, along with the Browns’ talent advantage, Cleveland should be able to win by more than 6.5 points. And considering the strength of the Giants defense (potentially even without Bradberry) as well as the struggles in and around the offense, the under should also hit on the total (44.0).