New York Giants defense fails to contain Browns passing attack in tough Week 15 defeat

The New York Giants defense failed to retain Baker Mayfield and the Browns passing attack in look at amid a 20-6 reduction on Sunday Night time Football.

Ryan Honey

You could say what you want about the decision to go for it on fourth down early in the match in its place of kick the area purpose and acquire the points. You are entitled to your possess viewpoint when it arrives to Freddie Kitchens’ engage in contacting, Colt McCoy’s overall performance, or the lack of ability of the run match to uncover a spark.

But at the conclude of what was an unsightly evening for the New York Giants, this reduction arrived down to the defensive unit’s failure in that contains Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns passing attack.

The entrance seven, which has been very solid in new months (and particularly was when it recorded 5 sacks from Russell Wilson and the Seahawks offense), just could not get to Mayfield on a steady basis in any respect.

Significant Blue ended the 20-6 reduction with a single sack of the 3rd-calendar year quarterback, a engage in produced by Dexter Lawrence on the opening travel of the next 50 percent.

But other than that, Mayfield possessed a substantial amount of money of time in the pocket for much of the evening, something the Giants could not find the money for to allow in the absence of star cornerback James Bradberry.

Getting benefit of an higher than-common predicament, Mayfield threw for 297 yards and a pair of touchdowns on an overly outstanding 27-of-32 passing. Isaac Yiadom and the rest of the Bradberry-less secondary failed to incorporate wideouts Jarvis Landry and Rashard Higgins. The previous caught seven balls for sixty one yards and a single landing although the latter recorded 4 receptions for seventy six yards.

On a brighter be aware, the Giants stored star functioning backs Nick Chubb (fifteen carries for fifty yards) and Kareem Hunt (seven carries for 21 yards) in look at. Even so, the principal keys to what would’ve been a large victory in the midst of the recent NFC East title race ended up having strain on the quarterback and stepping up when it arrived to defending the move.

The Giants, regretably, did not succeed in possibly part of the match amid slipping to five-nine and remaining a match back of the division direct (Washington is 6-eight). Mayfield’s success was the story of the evening, and the Giants defense is at fault for letting the pen strike the paper.

Zero turnovers ended up pressured by Significant Blue’s defensive unit as effectively — a further notable purpose for Cleveland’s success. The Giants desired to produce in that area in buy to retain the Browns’ solid offense off the area, but of system, that did not happen.

So what is next for the G-Males?

Nicely, they are however alive in the NFC East title race and will acquire on Baltimore in 7 days 16 adopted by Dallas in 7 days seventeen. All they’ll require to do is complete with the similar history as Washington —  they possess the tiebreaker because of to a pair of wins around the Football Crew.

That could however arise, but a acquire on Sunday Night time Football would’ve tremendously served the Giants in terms of this race.

5 wins. Nine losses. Off to Baltimore to experience Lamar Jackson and the Ravens next Sunday afternoon.