by Chris Lovi - Columnist NFLWeather.com | 10-06-2012 17:00
A key matchup taking place in the rain soaked Northeast is the Cleveland Browns taking on the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Both teams are coming off tough losses on the road look to turn it around in week 5. NFLWeather.com is reporting a 70% chance of rain, cloudy skies, with highs near 60 degrees.
Despite being 0-4, the Cleveland Browns have competed well in the 2012 season. Running back Trent Richardson has become a valuable part of the Browns offense and a premiere running back in this league. Last week against an experienced Raven defense, Richardson accumulated 104 total yards and a touchdown in rainy Baltimore. So look for the Browns to continue feeding number 33 the ball this week in what will sure to be another wet contest.
As for the Browns receiving corps, they’re banged up. With Mohamed Massaquoi, Travis Benjamin, and Joshua Cribbs all out with injury, Quarterback Brandon Weeden is most likely to rely on Greg Little who has been inconsistent this season. This week is not going to get any easier for him with a slippery football and some modified routes. If the Giants defense reduces Cleveland to a one dimensional offense, this could be another long day for Browns fans.
The Giants are also hampered by injuries on both sides of the ball. Wide receiver Victor Cruz is expected to see most of the targets from Eli Manning with Hakeem Nicks sidelined and Ramses Barden questionable this week. Despite the Browns strong pass rush, opposing quarterbacks have been averaging 286 yards through the air.
This is a big game for both teams. Cleveland is obviously looking for its first victory while New York is practically in a must win situation, given their tough schedule ahead. If forecasts are correct, New York has the advantage based on their ability to move the ball through the air
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