Cleveland Browns: Keys to victory against the Giants
Once the Browns do begin resorting more to their passing attack, they need to remain methodical. In this game, the key will be the receivers after Terrelle Pryor. The number two, three, and four receivers are critical to the team’s success.
Corey Coleman, Andrew Hawkins, and Duke Johnson need to show up to provide some balance to the air attack. The Browns must exploit a defense which doesn’t always give their cornerbacks adequate help underneath and over the top. This is evident based on the 262.7 passing yards they surrender a game.
When it comes to the deep ball, the Browns can and should throw the ball over the top occasionally. The challenge will be the Giants’ cornerbacks, who excel in man-to-man coverage. Janoris Jenkins, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and Eli Apple will be a challenge to the offense, even if they don’t see Pryor as one to them.
The most effective way to beat the Giants’ defense would be to run complex routes and force miscommunication. New York has a tendency to get away from their assignments, giving the Browns a chance to lure them in to doing this. All it takes is a few big passing plays, and Cleveland will be in a much different position than the past eleven weeks.
The running game is important, but the passing game is undoubtedly the only way to get the team over the top.