2012 Week 5 NFL Picks: 4* GIANTS -8.5

The good news for Giants fans is that they do not need to worry about the spread, only a much needed victory. With every expert tapping the Browns outstanding record when entering as Underdogs of 7 or more points, the other NFC East matchups could leave the Giants in great shape at day’s end. The Giants only one decision and one mistake away from leading the NFC East. The good news for the Giants is that the Browns are only averaging 311.5 yards per game. On the other hand, while it has only produced 2 victories, 1 ATS, the Giants are powering 27.8 points per game. Ironically, the keys to victory will be stopping the Browns #2 special teams and pressuring a Browns offensive line that has allowed 13 sacks to force the big interception; Weeden tossing up 7 interceptions that has left his rating at 60.4.


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  1. WINNER>>Giants 41-BROWNS 27>>(Sports Network) – Eli Manning and Victor Cruz hooked up for three touchdowns and the New York Giants closed out the first half with 20 consecutive points en route to a 41-27 victory over the still-winless Cleveland Browns at MetLife Stadium. Ahmad Bradshaw contributed a career-best 200 rushing yards and a touchdown on 30 carries to help the defending world champion Giants (3-2) fight back from an early 14-0 deficit and bounce back from a tough loss at NFC East-rival Philadelphia a week prior. New York erupted for 17 unanswered points over the final 2:52 of the second quarter to claim a 27-17 advantage, converting two takeaways by safety Stevie Brown into touchdowns by Bradshaw and Cruz. Manning finished with 259 yards on 25- of-37 passing and was intercepted once in directing a Giants offense that racked up 502 total yards on the afternoon. Cleveland’s Brandon Weeden completed 22-of-35 throws for 291 yards and a pair of touchdowns to fellow rookie Josh Gordon, but was intercepted twice as the Browns fell to 0-5 for the first time since losing their first seven tests of 1999. The Browns have now dropped 11 in a row and 14 of their last 15 outings dating back to last season. Trent Richardson accumulated 81 rushing yards and a touchdown on 17 attempts for Cleveland, while Jordan Norwood paced the Browns receivers with a nine-catch, 81-yard effort.

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