As the 2012 season approaches, ClevelandBrowns.com
looks at the Browns' regular season opponents. Today, we
highlight the Oct. 7, matchup at the defending Super Bowl
champion New York Giants.
Browns at Giants -- Oct. 7 -- 1:00 p.m. ET
The Cleveland Browns will travel to the reigning Super
Bowl champion New York Giants and it will mark the second
time in three seasons in which the team will take on the
NFL champions in a road game.
Two seasons ago, the Browns defeated the New Orleans
Saints 30-17 in the Louisiana Superdome on Oct. 24, 2010,
on the strength of two interception returns for
touchdowns from then-Browns linebacker David Bowens.
The Browns have taken on the defending Super Bowl
champion in each of the last four years, three during the
regular season (Giants in 2008, Pittsburgh in 2009 and
Saints in 2010) and one in the preseason (Green Bay in
2011). The Browns earned wins against the reigning
champions in each of those seasons.
The streak against defending champions started,
ironically, with a 35-14 win against the Giants on Monday
Night Football at Cleveland Browns Stadium on Oct. 13,
In the Monday Night meeting, Browns quarterback Derek
Anderson completed 18 of 29 attempts for 310 yards and
two touchdowns without an interception, while Giants
signal-caller Eli Manning went 18 of 28 for 196 yards
with a score and three turnovers.
Running back Jamal Lewis collected 88 yards and scored
one touchdown on 21 attempts. Wide receiver Braylon
Edwards caught five passes for 154 yards and one
touchdown. Former Browns tight end Darnell Dinkins' only
reception of the game went for a 22-yard touchdown.
The Browns converted nine of 13 third-down attempts and
outgained the Giants 454 to 373 in total yards.
The October game will be the Browns' first road meeting
with the Giants in the regular season in eight years. The
Browns lost that game 27-10 in the now defunct Giants
Stadium on Sept. 26, 2004. It will be the team's first
trip to MetLife Stadium, which the Giants and Jets
debuted in the 2010 season.
The Giants, went 9-7 in the 2011 regular season, won the
NFC East Division on the final day of the regular season
and cruised through the Atlanta Falcons in the Wildcard
playoffs in January. New York then won road games at the
reigning Super Bowl champion Packers and San Francisco
49ers en route to Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis. The
Giants, for the second time in four years, defeated the
New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.
Manning, the Super Bowl XLVI Most Valuable Player,
completed 359 of 589 attempts for 4,933 yards and 29
touchdowns against 16 interceptions during the 2011
regular season. He completed 61 percent of his passes and
took every offensive snap for the Giants despite being
sacked 28 times for 199 lost yards.
Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks were Manning's favorite
targets. Cruz led the Giants in all major receiving
categories by collecting 82 receptions for 1,536 yards,
18.7 yards-per-reception and nine touchdowns. Cruz and
Manning combined to equal an NFL record with a 99-yard
pass last fall. Nicks hauled in 76 passes for 1,192 yards
and seven touchdowns.
In addition to Manning, Cruz and Nicks, the Giants also
return their top rusher from 2011. Ahmad Bradshaw gained
659 yards and scored nine touchdowns on 171 carries.
However, the team lost Brandon Jacobs, who accounted for
571 yards and seven touchdowns on 152 rushes.
While Manning anchored the offense, the defensive line
rotation kept the Giants in opposing backfields last
Jason Pierre-Paul registered a Giants-best 16.5
quarterback sacks and finished third on the team with 86
total tackles and 65 solo stops. Fellow defensive linemen
Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora and Mathias Kiwanuka combined
for 17.5 sacks last season.
Despite injuries riddling the secondary, the Giants
collected 20 interceptions and finished plus-four in that
category. Corey Webster led the way with six takeaways in
the passing game, while Kenny Phillips and Aaron Ross
each had four interceptions.
Browns linebackers coach Bill Davis served in the same
capacity with the Giants in 2004.
Cleveland tight end grew up in East Amherst, N.Y.
Giants defensive lineman Shaun Rogers played with the
Browns from 2008-10, while offensive lineman Joel
Reinders was an undrafted rookie free agent signing of
the team after the 2010 NFL Draft.
Giants offensive lineman Jim Cordle went to Ohio State,
while linebacker Chase Blackburn and wide receiver
Domenik Hixon are University of Akron products. Tight
ends Christian Hopkins (The University of Toledo) and
Adrien Robinson (Cincinnati) both went to college in
Linebacker Greg Jones (Cincinnati/Archbishop Moeller),
defensive back Antwaun Molden (Cleveland/Glenville),
Blackburn (Bellefontaine), Hixon
(Columbus/Whitehall-Yearling High School) and Cordle
(Lancaster) are Ohio natives.
The Browns are 26-19-2 all-time against the Giants dating
back to the first meeting between the teams, a 6-0 New
York win in Cleveland on Oct. 1, 1950. The Browns hold a
12-9-2 record against the Giants in road games.
The Browns are 2-2-0 in their last four road games
against the Giants.
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