Cleveland Browns: Five games to watch during the bye week
5. New York Giants at Pittsburgh Steelers
In “America’s Game of the Week” on FOX, Cleveland’s last two opponents will square off in a battle with playoff implications. Though the Giants’ hopes of winning the NFC East are fading, they are in a tight Wild Card battle. The Steelers, of course, are tied with the Ravens for the AFC North lead.
Even though Pittsburgh has a 6-5 record as opposed to New York’s 8-3 mark, the Steelers enter as six-point favorites. The game should come down to the wire though, as a talented Pittsburgh offense will have its hands full against a stout New York defense.
In the end, it will probably come down to how Eli Manning and the Giants’ offensive line plays. Their struggles were on display last week in Cleveland’s 27-13 defeat, raising concerns for New York fans. But if Manning has a solid pocket, it will be hard for a poor Pittsburgh secondary to compete with the weapons of the Giants.
This is why New York has a good shot of coming away with the critical road win. Still, the game is very much up in the air. With two familiar opponents squaring off in a game with massive playoff implications, Browns fans may be interested in tuning in on FOX at 4:25. It is probably safe to say that they will be a bit biased as well.