New York Giants at Cleveland Browns - 8/22/21 NFL Picks and Prediction

New York Giants at Cleveland Browns - 8/22/21 NFL Picks and Prediction Photo by Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Browns (1-0) vs New York Giants (0-1)

Game Info: Sunday, August 22, 2021 at 1:00 pm (FirstEnergy Stadium)

Betting Odds: Cleveland Browns -4.5 -- Over/Under: 35 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The New York Giants will travel to FirstEnergy Stadium to take on the Cleveland Browns this Sunday afternoon in NFL Preseason action.

The New York Giants look to pick up their first win of the NFL Preseason after dropping their opening to the New York Jets by a 12-7 margin on August 21st. New York was dominated on both ends of the field and really struggled offensively putting up just 163 total yards. Offensively, New York didn’t get much out of either QB as both Mike Glennon & Clayton Thorson combined to complete just 8 of 23 passes for 92 yards & 1 TD. The top receiving threats for the Giants were David Sills V (3 rec, 49 yards), Damion Willis (1 rec, 21 yards, TD), & Rysen John (3 rec, 14 yard). Leading the way for the Giants backfield was the duo of Sandro Platzgummer (4 car, 51 yards) & Corey Clement (5 car, 32 yards).

Defensively, the Giants allowed the Jets to rack up 316 total yards and was dominated in terms of time of possession as the Jets held the ball for about 20 minutes longer than the Giants. Leading the way for the Giants defense was Rodarius Williams (8 Tackles), Madre Harper (8 Tackles), & Carter Coughlin (5 Tackles, 1 Sack).

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The Cleveland Browns look to pick up their 2nd win of the NFL Preseason after defeating the Jacksonville Jaguars by a 23-13 margin in their NFL Preseason opener. Cleveland was outstanding on the offensive end against Jacksonville and had no trouble hanging on the victory after going into the 4th quarter with a 23-13 lead. Cleveland didn’t have Baker Mayfield play, however, still got solid play for their QB’s as Case Keenum completed 12 of 17 passes for 115 yards while Kyle Lauletta completed 19 of 27 passes for 212 yards & 2 TD’s. The top receiving threats for the Browns were Davion Davis (4 rec, 56 yards, TD), John Kelly (4 rec, 44 yards), & Demetric Felton (4 rec, 44 yards). Leading the way for the Cleveland backfield was the duo of Corey Taylor (6 car, 17 yards) & D’Ernest Johnson (5 car, 14 yards).

Defensively, the Browns allowed the Jaguars to gain 302 yards, however, did a solid job against the Jacksonville rushing attack holding the Jaguars to just 46 rushing yards. Leading the way for the Browns defense was Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (8 Tackles, 1 Sack, 3 TFL), Robert Jackson (6 Tackles), & Elijah Lee (6 Tackles).

The Giants are 19-6-1 ATS in their last 26 games on grass and 19-7 in their last 26 road games. The Browns are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games as a favorite and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games.

As of right now, the Giants haven’t really given us an idea if any of their starters are playing, but I’m leaning towards that we don’t see it this week. As for the Browns, we do know that Kevin Stefanski plans to sit the majority of his starters.  

It’s hard to not like what we saw from the Browns backups last week and I was impressed by the play of both of their QB’s. New York has better depth on defense what Cleveland saw in Jacksonville, however, as I just don’t see the Giants offense having much more success than what we saw against the Jets, I think Cleveland will be able to do enough to at least win this one by a TD and cover this spread.

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Brett’s Pick Cleveland Browns -4.5

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