The New York Giants got the job done on the road in Cleveland taking down the Browns, 27-13.
The win streak moved to six straight now with Big Blue taking advantage of the struggling Browns. Here is what we learned in Week 12:
Giants Should Have Broken 30-Point Barrier
It was another slow start for the Giants’ offense this week in a matchup that was entirely in their favor. The Browns defense didn’t look like the 31st in the league, but it was QB Eli Manning who missed big chances for early points. WR Odell Beckham Jr. was getting wide open in the first quarter several times including a deep ball that looked to be a touchdown, but Manning overthrew his favorite target. It wasn’t all bad as Manning threw three touchdowns, but being held under 200 yards in the air against a shaky secondary is underachieving.
The ground game, which has improved in the past two weeks, had a major setback as well. It was entirely ineffective with RBs Rashad Jennings and Paul Perkins not able to pick up solid yardage. A win is a win, but the offense should have had more points on the board at the end of the day.
Deep Ball Blues
There wasn’t much that could be picked apart on defense today for the G-Men. Thirteen allowed points, six sacks and three fumble recoveries with one of them being a touchdown is phenomenal. But, if there is one area the Giants dropped the ball on it was allowing the deep ball. It has been a problem all season, and it was Terrelle Pryor who did the most damage. He only caught six balls, but he took them for 131 yards with a 54-yard bomb passed CB Eli Apple capping off a great game. There were other times the secondary allowed passes over 10-15 yards including a TD pass to WR Corey Coleman that went for 21 yards. The Giants did their job getting the Browns off the field when they needed to, but 322 receiving yards is certainly an area of concern. This trend will need to stop going forward.
JPP: Comeback Player of the Year
All the hard work and determination to get back on the field this season paid off for DE Jason Pierre-Paul as he had his best game of the season today. His stat line read five tackles, three of them sacks as well as a 43-yard fumble return for a touchdown to cap off an amazing afternoon. JPP has been electric all season long and he appears to improve his playmaking ability as the weeks continue. This week must put him in the conversation for comeback player of the year being nothing but relentless on the Browns’ offensive line. Pierre-Paul promised he would come back even better than he was before his accident, and right now, he is certainly proving the doubters wrong.