Cleveland Browns at New York Giants Betting Preview

Sunday, December 20, 2020, MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey, 8:20 p.m. ET

Browns at Giants Betting Preview: Browns (-5/-112), Giants (+5/-109) 

Cleveland Browns

Baker Mayfield has the Browns (9-4) in contention for their first playoff berth since the 2002 season, even though the team dropped a 47-42 decision to Baltimore on Monday. Mayfield has totaled nine touchdowns (eight passing, one rushing) over his last three games and recorded season-high totals in passing yards in each of his last two.

The Browns’ bread and butter is their two-headed rushing attack of Nick Chubb (team-leading 881 yards) and Kareem Hunt (772 yards), who are the key components to the NFL’s third-ranked rushing attack (156.2 yards per game). The duo combined for 213 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns versus the Ravens.

Jarvis Landry, who leads the team in catches (60) and receiving yards (728), has collected 22 receptions for 257 yards and two touchdowns over his last three games. Rashard Higgins has the most touchdown receptions among the team’s wideouts with four, including one in each of the past two contests.

New York Giants

The Giants (5-8) enter Sunday’s clash with a question under center, as Daniel Jones is nursing both a hamstring injury and sprained ankle. Should the second-year quarterback be unable to play against Cleveland, veteran Colt McCoy will get the nod against the team that selected him in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft.

Evan Engram has proven to be a capable outlet for whomever is under center for the Giants. Engram has a team-leading 50 receptions to serve as one of three NFC tight ends to reach that plateau this season.

New York will look to pick up the pieces after seeing its four-game winning streak come to a halt with a 26-7 setback to Arizona. Locating some semblance of offense would be of great help, considering the Giants have mustered just 43 points over their last three games and were limited to a Dion Lewis 1-yard touchdown against the Cardinals.

Browns at Giants Betting Pick for Week 15

The NFL opted to flex these two teams into the primetime slot, although that likely will only mean a bigger audience to see either Jones or McCoy sent unceremoniously to their backs on Sunday. New York quarterbacks have been sacked an NFL third-worst 41 times this season — including eight by the Cardinals last week — heading into a date with Myles Garrett (10.5 sacks) and former Giant Olivier Vernon (7.0 sacks).

Cleveland’s defense likely will get back on track after being shredded by Baltimore.

Browns at Giants Betting Pick: 

Browns 31, Giants 16

Browns at Giants Best Bet for Week 15

Like him or not (and there’s plenty to support both arguments), Mayfield appears to have grown comfortable in Kevin Stefanski’s offense. A potent ground game will open doors for a passing attack that should be able to move the ball against a Giants’ team that is not ready for primetime.

Browns at Giants Best Bet: OVER 44 total points (-114)

Arizona Cardinals at New York Giants Betting Preview

Sunday, December 13, 2020, Metlife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey, 1 p.m. ET

Cardinals at Giants Betting Preview: Cardinals (-2.5/-114), Giants (+2.5/-106)

Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals (6-6) are looking to break out of a slump that has seen them drop four of their past five games. Quarterback Kyler Murray has accounted for 32 touchdowns (22 passing, 10 rushing) but is having difficulty dealing with defensive approaches aimed at limiting his ability to escape the pocket. Murray has just 61 total rushing yards over the past three games after having at least that many in seven of Arizona’s first nine games.

Murray completed just 53.8 percent of his passes — 21 of 39 — in last week’s 38-28 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, his second lowest ratio of the campaign. Star wideout DeAndre Hopkins (1,019 receiving yards) also has seen his output drop of late as 55 yards represents his highest total over the past three games. Veteran receiver Larry Fitzgerald was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list this week, and he could return after a two-game absence.

Safety Budda Baker leads the team with 94 tackles and also has two interceptions and two sacks. Two other safeties, Jalen Thompson (ankle) and Charles Washington (groin), are ailing, and their statuses will be determined later in the week.

New York Giants

The Giants (5-7) have won four consecutive games and are tied for first place in the NFC East with the Washington Football Team. New York used the power approach to upset the host Seattle Seahawks last week as Wayne Gallman picked up a career-high 135 of the team’s 190 rushing yards and the defensive posted a season-high five sacks. Defensive end Leonard Williams had 2.5 sacks, giving him a team-leading 8.5, while linebacker Blake Martinez is third in the NFL with 111 tackles.

The availability of quarterback Daniel Jones (hamstring) is expected to be determined Friday as he looks to return after a one-game absence. Colt McCoy started against Seattle and completed 13 of 22 passes for 105 yards with one touchdown toss and one interception. He will be ready to play if Jones is ruled out. Gallman has just 504 rushing yards on the season, but 229 of them have come over the past two weeks.

Martinez (back) missed Wednesday’s practice but is expected to be fine by Sunday. New York surely doesn’t want to play without him after allowing an average of just 16.5 points during the four-game winning streak.

Cardinals at Giants Betting Pick for Week 14

The Giants just defeated Russell Wilson and the Seahawks — in Seattle — behind a backup quarterback. That certainly provides belief that New York can beat Murray and the Cardinals in the Meadowlands whether or not Jones is back on the field.

Arizona is trying to cure its offensive woes, but the Giants have been playing superbly on the defensive side. Murray is not an easy quarterback to corral, but nobody figured New York would sack Wilson five times either.

Cardinals at Giants Betting Pick:

Giants 23, Cardinals 20

Cardinals at Giants Best Bet for Week 14

The Giants are hot and the Cardinals are not — that’s the most important thing. That leans toward Arizona’s offense being slowed down and the total dipping under.

Cardinals at Giants Best Bet: UNDER 45.5 total points (-115)