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Jul 25, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants free safety Jabrill Peppers (21) during the first day of training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Jul 25, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants free safety Jabrill Peppers (21) during the first day of training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Giants safety Jabrill Peppers is one of three Giants players that played on an NFL team that will live in infamy.

Peppers was the Browns' first-round pick at the 2017 NFL draft. His first win as a professional football player wouldn't come in his rookie year as the Browns became only the second team in league history to go 0-16 that year.

But Peppers, who was traded to the Giants this offseason in a deal that sent wideout Odell Beckham Jr. the other way, recently revealed that he has fond learning experiences from that brutal season. He's happy it happened and takes positives from it.

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Oct 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) walks off the field after a 34-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Oct 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) walks off the field after a 34-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)

For the first time, it appears the Browns aren't thrilled with Odell Beckham.

First-year head coach Freddie Kitchens was asked Thursday what he wants to see from Beckham next week for the Browns' mandatory minicamp.

"I just want to see him," Kitchens said, according to Cleveland.com.

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Odell needs to take high road 00:01:03
Cleveland Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr. recently went on a twitter rant about the New York Giants and the Thread dissects the fiasco

Former Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. continued to call out his former team on Twitter on Monday night.

A day after Beckham called out Giants GM Dave Gettleman for his comments about the team not having a culture problem "anymore", Beckham tweeted his side of the story when he wanted to return from injury but head coach Pat Shurmur wouldn't let him.

A sampling of Beckham airing the Giants' dirty laundry...

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Cleveland Browns offensive guard Kevin Zeitler blocks Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Channing Ward during the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
Cleveland Browns offensive guard Kevin Zeitler blocks Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Channing Ward during the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants head coach Pat Shurmur is excited to work with the Giants' offseason acquisitions, from safety Jabrill Peppers to wide receiver Golden Tate, but the one that stands out to him is offensive lineman Kevin Zeitler.

"When you add a solid, veteran player that's established himself and he's consistent and tough and has all the attributes you're looking for in an offensive lineman to add to that crew, we got better," Shurmur said, according to the New York Post's Paul Schwartz.

While they were announced as separate deals, Zeitler's trade -- when the Giants dealt pass rusher Olivier Vernon to the Cleveland Browns -- went into the NFL transaction log combined with the blockbuster Odell Beckham Jr. deal given both trades were agreed to before the new league year began.

Tags: Chad Wheeler, Cleveland Browns, Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Jamon Brown, Nate Solder, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Will Hernandez
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New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman speaks to the media during the 2019 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman speaks to the media during the 2019 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)

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Dave Gettleman was absolutely right when he lamented the fact we're living in an "instant gratification world" during his conference call on Monday. There's a rush to judge everything, a demand for an immediate payoff. Everyone wants to be first with a knee-jerk reaction or a juvenile social media take.

And so it was with the Giants' trade of Odell Beckham Jr. and, really, their entire offseason. Gettleman didn't get nearly enough for his star, some screamed. He has no plan, yelled others. Tweet by tweet, it was clear the world of keyboard warriors believed he didn't have a clue.

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The decision to let safety Landon Collins walk away for nothing sent shockwaves through a Giants fan base that still seems to be trying to figure GM Dave Gettleman out. One minute acts like the Giants are close to being a contender. The next he sounds like he's rebuilding. Then he's cutting costs on players like Collins, while not blinking at the $23.2 million cap hit for aging quarterback Eli Manning.

Trying to decipher his moves the last 15 months has been like riding the Mad Tea Party ride at Disney. Just as the franchise seems to turn one direction, it lurches towards the other. Meanwhile, everyone is nauseous and wondering: Is there any real direction at all?

The answer to that is, like many things, complicated and not often clear. There's no doubt the mess Gettleman inherited - on the field, in the locker room, and to a smaller extent under the salary cap - was significant when he was hired in December, 2017. Even Gettleman may have underestimated how extensive the problems were, though he adamantly denies he did.

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Giants trade Vernon for Zeitler 00:01:01
The Giants shipped Olivier Vernon to the Cleveland Browns for OG Kevin Zeitler. See why SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano likes the move.

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Giants GM Dave Gettleman got rid of an over-priced pass rusher he was likely about to cut and managed to get a starting guard in return, while clearing at least a little bit of salary cap space and moving back about 20 places with one of his picks on Day 3 of the NFL Draft. 

It's hard not to view that as a steal for the Giants and a big win for a general manager that has been battered by the fan base lately.

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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold walks to the sideline during the second half of a game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. (David Dermer/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold walks to the sideline during the second half of a game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. (David Dermer/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Jets blew a 14-0 lead and lost 21-17 to the Browns on Thursday night. Let's break down how each unit performed.

Quarterbacks

Rookie Sam Darnold had his worst game so far, although he was arguably somewhat hamstrung by an overly conservative game plan. He completed 15 of 31 passes for 169 yards and threw two interceptions.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Brandon Shell, Brian Winters, Buster Skrine, Cleveland Browns, Darron Lee, Jamal Adams, James Carpenter, Jordan Jenkins, Kelvin Beachum, Leonard Williams, Morris Claiborne, Neal Sterling, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Steve McLendon, Terrelle Pryor
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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold warms up before the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. (Tim Fuller/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold warms up before the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. (Tim Fuller/USA TODAY Sports)

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THE GAME

The Jets (1-1) at the Cleveland Browns (0-1-1) at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland on Sunday, Sept. 20 at 8:20 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

A wet day is expected to turn into a decent night, with clear skies and temperatures in the mid-70s. The wind, though, could be 10-20 miles per hour coming off the lake.

WHAT IT MEANS

This game would be a lot more fun if it were Sam Darnold vs. Baker Mayfield, but the Browns are still rolling with Tyrod Taylor (for now). That makes this more of a test for Darnold and his ability to bounce back from the first disappointment of his young career. It's also his first short week, which is never easy. It'll be very interesting to see how he responds. … As for the Browns, they haven't won since Christmas Eve, 2016 and are 1 for their last 33 games. The Jets certainly want to avoid the embarrassment of being only their second victim in three years.

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New York Jets running back Elijah McGuire runs with the ball as Cleveland Browns middle linebacker Joe Schobert and outside linebacker James Burgess bring him down during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets running back Elijah McGuire runs with the ball as Cleveland Browns middle linebacker Joe Schobert and outside linebacker James Burgess bring him down during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)

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THE GAME

The New England Patriots (3-2) vs. the Jets (3-2) at Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Sunday, Oct. 15, at 1 p.m. ET.


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New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams points to the sky following the national anthem before the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams points to the sky following the national anthem before the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin/USA TODAY Sports)

While there was outside talk that the New York Jets were going to tank the 2017 season, the players aren't surprised after Sunday's 17-14 win over the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium gave them a three-game winning streak and put them in a three-way tie for first place in the AFC East.

"Sounds like that's how it's supposed to be," cornerback Morris Claiborne, who had one of New York's two interceptions, said, according to Newsday's Calvin Watkins.

New York, which lost the first two games of the season by a combined score of 66-32, has won three games in a row for the first time since winning five in a row from Week 12 to Week 16 in 2015. 

Combined with the New England Patriots' win on Thursday and the Buffalo Bills' 20-16 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, the Jets are in a three-way tie for the division lead heading into their Week 6 matchup against the defending Super Bowl champions.

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New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams points to the sky following the national anthem before the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams points to the sky following the national anthem before the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin/USA TODAY Sports)

While there was outside talk that the New York Jets were going to tank the 2017 season, the players aren't surprised after Sunday's 17-14 win over the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium gave them a three-game winning streak and put them in a three-way tie for first place in the AFC East.

"Sounds like that's how it's supposed to be," cornerback Morris Claiborne, who had one of New York's two interceptions, said, according to Newsday's Calvin Watkins.

New York, which lost the first two games of the season by a combined score of 66-32, has won three games in a row for the first time since winning five in a row from Week 12 to Week 16 in 2015. 

Combined with the New England Patriots' win on Thursday and the Buffalo Bills' 20-16 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, the Jets are in a three-way tie for the division lead heading into their Week 6 matchup against the defending Super Bowl champions.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Cleveland Browns, Elijah McGuire, Jordan Jenkins, Morris Claiborne, New England Patriots, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Jets running back Bilal Powell attempts a run in the third quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium. (Dennis Schneidler/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets running back Bilal Powell attempts a run in the third quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium. (Dennis Schneidler/USA TODAY Sports)

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THE GAME

The Jets (2-2) at the Cleveland Browns (0-4) at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland on Sunday, Oct. 8, at 1 p.m. ET.


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Jets prepare for Week 5 matchup 00:01:53
Jeane Coakley reports from Jets practice where the team discussed their upcoming Week 5 matchup with the Cleveland Browns.

After rookie Myles Garrett missed the first four weeks of the season with an ankle sprain, he appears to be closing in on his NFL debut this Sunday against the Jets. 

Garrett was selected first overall by the Browns this year, but has yet to play in a single regular-season game. However, he was limited in practice on Wednesday. Browns coach Hue Jackson believes the defensive end is taking positive steps in his return to game action. 

"That's good,'' Jackson said Wednesday. "He did some good things today. We will just keep assessing everything after practice and see exactly where he is and see if we can get him back out there [Thursday]."

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New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (74) during the third quarter between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Giants won 27-13. (Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (74) during the third quarter between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Giants won 27-13. (Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports)

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The Giants didn't look good in their preseason opener, but they were missing so many players it was unfair to judge. Eli Manning, Odell Beckham and Sterling Shepard didn't play and Brandon Marshall only took a handful of snaps. On defense, the starters only played sparingly, too.

Things should be different against the Browns on Monday night in Cleveland, though. Manning will get a "big chunk" of playing time, according to Giants coach Ben McAdoo, and it's a good bet most of the healthy starters will last into the second quarter.

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New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul celebrates as he runs into the endzone from his touchdown interception against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul celebrates as he runs into the endzone from his touchdown interception against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin/USA Today Sports Images)

Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul recorded three sacks and returned a fumble for a touchdown to help lead the Giants to their sixth straight win with a 27-13 victory over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium.

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New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins breaks up a pass intended for Cleveland Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins breaks up a pass intended for Cleveland Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins trashed Cleveland Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor Sr. on social media after Sunday's 27-13 win.

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Oct 23, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson on the sideline against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first quarter at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports (David Kohl)
Oct 23, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson on the sideline against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first quarter at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports (David Kohl)

THE GAME: The Giants (7-3) at the Cleveland Browns (0-11) at First Energy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio on Sunday, Nov. 27 at 1 p.m. 

THE WEATHER: Despite some clouds early in the day, the game time weather calls for sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-to-high 40s with a slight wind. 

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Oct 23, 2016; London, United Kingdom; New York Giants center Weston Richburg (70) blocks for quarterback Eli Manning (10) during game 16 of the NFL International Series against the Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham Stadium. The Giants defeated the Rams 17-10. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)
Oct 23, 2016; London, United Kingdom; New York Giants center Weston Richburg (70) blocks for quarterback Eli Manning (10) during game 16 of the NFL International Series against the Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham Stadium. The Giants defeated the Rams 17-10. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

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The Giants are coming off two straight games in which they gained over 100 yards on the ground. This week, they face one of the league's worst run defenses in the Cleveland Browns, who are allowing 144 yards per game and 4.6 yards per carry. They have also surrendered 13 touchdowns on the ground.

The Giants will try to exploit that with a running game that has shown some signs of life the past few weeks. Pro Football Focus has suggested that fantasy football owners consider inserting RB Rashad Jennings in their lineups this Sunday.

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Cleveland Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor makes a touchdown reception against the Dallas Cowboys during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin/USA Today Sports Images)
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor makes a touchdown reception against the Dallas Cowboys during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Giants defense will have its hands full with Cleveland Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor Sr., a 6-foot-4, 240-pound dual threat wide receiver.

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Vacc's 3 Keys: Giants-Browns 00:04:06
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano identifies three keys for a Giants victory on Sunday over the winless Cleveland Browns.
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Oct 30, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson watches warmups before a game against the New York Jets at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports)
Oct 30, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson watches warmups before a game against the New York Jets at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports)

When the Giants were seeking their successor to Tom Coughlin this past January, they interviewed a wide array of candidates before hiring their own offensive coordinator, Ben McAdoo, for the job.

One candidate on the list was then-Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson, a highly respected football man with a history of success. The Giants wanted to speak to Jackson before another team scooped him up.

That didn't happen. Jackson never made his flight to meet with the Giants. The Cleveland Browns had called to say they wanted to hire him. On his conference call Wednesday with the Giants' beat pool, Jackson was asked what exactly caused him to miss that flight.

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Aug 27, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants Senior Vice President and General Manager Jerry Reese looks on before a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 27, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants Senior Vice President and General Manager Jerry Reese looks on before a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports


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The outrage was bound to happen anyway, but it really got loud Tuesday afternoon when word leaked out of the trade between the New England Patriots and the Cleveland Browns. After all, if the Browns can land an emerging young linebacker like Jamie Collins for the low, low price of a third- or fourth-round pick, why can't the Giants do something like that? Or even better: Why can't the Giants do anything at all? The answer is that of course they could have made a trade of some sort before the deadline on Tuesday, and there were very likely a few opportunities they could have pursued. But they were absolutely right to pass them all up and stick with the roster they have.

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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg warms up before a game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg warms up before a game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles said rookie quarterback Christian Hackenberg is "not too far behind" second-year quarterback Bryce Petty for the backup quarterback role after Geno Smith suffered a season-ending torn ACL last week.

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THE GAME: The Jets (2-5) at the Cleveland Browns (0-7) at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland on Sunday, Oct. 30 at 1 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER: The weather would seem to be exactly what a game of this magnitude deserves - dank. It'll be cloudy, in the mid-50s with 10-15 mph winds and rain throughout the day.

INACTIVES: 

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Oct 23, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Kevin Hogan (8) throws a pass against the Cincinnati Bengals in the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 23, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Kevin Hogan (8) throws a pass against the Cincinnati Bengals in the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

During the season, Bent's Game Analysis charts games for some of the Jets' upcoming opponents, enabling a breakdown of what to watch out for on gameday…Coming off their first win in over a month, the Jets head to Cleveland looking to keep the momentum going against a winless opponent. The Browns' season never really got off the ground as they've lost four of their seven games so far by double digits. They have been competitive against the weaker teams of their schedule though, losing by a combined 13 points against the Dolphins, Ravens and Titans. The teams met on opening day last year, with the Jets overcoming a slow start to pull away for a comfortable 31-10 win at home. The Browns will be looking for their first win over the Jets since 2007.

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Oct 23, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor (11) reacts on the sidelines against the Cincinnati Bengals in the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 31-17. Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 23, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor (11) reacts on the sidelines against the Cincinnati Bengals in the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 31-17. Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

In anticipation of this weekend's blockbuster showdown with the Cleveland Browns, we had questions that needed answers. What's wrong with my team? Can they get over on another team that is clearly as (or maybe more?) unfortunate than my own? Is it wrong to have an existential crisis over a football team?Living in the heart of the South, it's not always easy to find kindred spirits so in touch with their misery of fandom. As a result, I often find myself bemoaning my team's fate to other likeminded fans. One such fan and good friend is Pat Leonard. Pat just started writing this year for one of my favorite blogs of all time, the Cleveland-centric Waiting For Next Year. I asked Pat five questions about the Browns, and I then had him ask five questions of his own about the Jets. Read Pat's reciprocal post on WFNY and stop by to say hello in the comments. WFNY and their readers are good eggs.

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Philadelphia Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman speaks to the media during the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Trevor Ruszkowski)
Philadelphia Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman speaks to the media during the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Trevor Ruszkowski)

Desperate for a franchise quarterback, the Philadelphia Eagles can get their man. Soon.

The Cleveland Browns will wait for their guy.

The Eagles acquired the No. 2 overall pick in next week's draft from Cleveland in exchange for five picks on Wednesday. The Browns are getting Philadelphia's first-round pick this year (No. 8), a third-round pick (No. 77) and fourth-rounder (No. 100), plus a first-rounder in 2017 and a fourth-rounder in 2018.

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Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) celebrates his first career NFL touchdown pass during the first half of their game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)
Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) celebrates his first career NFL touchdown pass during the first half of their game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)

The Browns are about to throw Johnny Football away.

The team issued a strong statement Tuesday, condemning quarterback Johnny Manziel's actions and pointing to his release in March, a move that has seemed inevitable for months.

The conduct by the 23-year-old player - rampant partying, two domestic incidents and a general lack of commitment - have been a major problem almost from the day Cleveland drafted the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner in the first round two years ago.

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The Giants overcame some of their demons yesterday with a win over Cleveland. But despite Cleveland being a more competitive team in 2012, was the win enough to proclaim the G-Men are back on track?

The highlights include Eli Manning's three touchdown passes, despite the absence of top receiver Hakeem Nicks and Ramses Barden. Victor Cruz shined, and Reuben Randle and Domenik Hixon proved to be worthy replacements.

Ahmad Bradshaw enjoyed a career afternoon with a 200-yard effort. And filling in for the concussed Andre Brown, David Wilson scored his first NFL touchdown.

Tags: 2012 New York Giants, Ahmad Bradshaw, Andre Brown, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, David Wilson, Domenik Hixon, Eli Manning, Giants 2012 Schedule, Giants-49ers, Giants-Browns, Giants Defense, Giants Offense, Hakeem Nicks, Editorial Aside, Ramses Barden, reuben randle, Victor Cruz, Washington Redskins
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From Jon Wagner. SNYGiants Columnist

Trailing by two touchdowns less than five minutes into the game, the New York Giants had the Cleveland Browns right where they wanted them.

For the second time in as many home games, the explosive Giants (3-2) stormed back from a surprising and sizable first-half deficit against an inferior opponent, with a 41-point outburst.

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After Ahmad Bradshaw fumbled on the very first play from scrimmage, it looked like it was going be a long afternoon for the Giants at MetLife Stadium against the 0-4 Cleveland Browns. The Browns jumped out to an early 14-0 lead, so Eli Manning and the offense were forced to dig out of a deep hole.

Not only did the offense respond in a big way, but they also played the most complete game of the season, other than the first five minutes, in the Giants? 41-27 win.

Bradshaw must have been really irked by his fumble because he turned into a different player for the remainder of the game. He finished the day with a career-high 200 yards on 30 carries with a touchdown.

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Ahmad Bradshaw ran for 200 yards and Victor Cruz caught three touchdown passes as the Giants (3-2) sailed past the mistake-prone Cleveland Browns (0-5) at MetLife Stadium this afternoon, 41-27.

The Giants overcame some early rust after Bradshaw's fumble on the first play of the game helped put the Giants in a 7-0 hole. The Browns went up, 14-0, shortly after on a 62-yard TD pass from 28 year-old rookie QB Brandon Weeden to WR Josh Gordon.

It was all Giants after that. QB Eli Manning (25/37, 259 yds and 3 TDs) led a balanced offense that featured a ton of Bradshaw (30 carries for 200 yards and 4 catches for 29 more), a little of Cruz (five receptions for 50 yards and 3 TDs) and solid performances by the team's top two draft picks: WR Rueben Randle and RB David Wilson.

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First Quarter Blues

The Giants defense should have had a stronghold on the Browns this afternoon, but early on they came out flat. Consequently, the Browns? rookies burned ?em.

Trent Richardson, who said he would find running lanes against the G-Men, showed he?s a man of his word.

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Inactive for the Giants today against Cleveland:

WR Ramses Barden (concussion), DT Rocky Bernard (quadricep), CB Jayron Hosley (hamstring), WR Hakeem Nicks (foot, knee), S Kenny Phillips (knee), OL David Diehl (knee), LB Keith Rivers (hmastring)

Browns Inactives: S Tashaun Gipson (knee), TE Alex Smith (head), WR Travis Benjamin (hamstring), WR Mohamed Massaquoi (hamstring), QB Thaddeus Lewis, RB Brandon Jackson, OL Ryan Miller

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Trent Richardson v. Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora

No, I didn?t put this match-up on the list because of the war of words earlier in the week between Richardson and Umenyiora. The spotlight is not on candy right here.

When LeSean McCoy punctured the Giants defense for 123 yards last week, most of his damage was done when rushing toward the edges. With the Giants? defensive ends looking to pressure the quarterback, running lanes are created due to over-penetration.

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Here is how the SNYGiants staff sees today's game vs Cleveland:

Sam Spiegelman: Tom Coughlin won't allow his team to slip up with a possible "trap game" this week. The Giants' crushing loss at the hands of the Eagles will serve as motivation to make a statement against the Browns. Despite who suits up at wide receiver this week, Eli Manning will exploit the Joe Haden-less secondary. And perhaps this is the game in which Coughlin decides to get back to the running game. A turnover-prone rookie and the lack of healthy offensive weapons should be the perfect remedy for a Giants defense looking to regain its form. Giants 34, Browns 17

Kel Dansby: The Giants defense will play well enough to keep this a low scoring game. Eli Manning will limit his turnovers and the offense will wear down the Browns defense on the ground. I wouldn't be surprised to see the Giants start slow in this contest and enter the half down by a few points, but with the help of a few big plays pull away from Cleveland in the third quarter. Giants 27, Browns 16

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The 0-4 Cleveland Browns travel to MetLife Stadium to take on the defending Super Bowl champion Giants (2-2) in an interconference clash between two of the NFL's most noted brands.

Kickoff: 1:00pm Eastern

Site: MetLife Stadium

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Last week, Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora said in an interview on Sunday Night Football he was ending his Twitter feud with Eagles running back LeSean McCoy.

Apparently, he had another running back to tease in mind.

Cleveland rookie Trent Richardson told reporters he was not afraid of the Giants' D and he was confident he would be able to have success on them come Sunday.

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The Giants are coming off an emotional loss to division rival Philadelphia and will face a another tough rival next week in San Francisco. This week, however, they have a home game against the 0-4 Cleveland Browns.

The Giants have historically had letdowns in situations such as these in the past. Defensive captain Justin Tuck was asked why his team comes out flat in games against inferior opponents:

"I don?t know. I wish I knew an answer because you?re right. We?ve had a tendency to come out in a lull. I don?t know. I think we are kind of guarding against that this week. Coach brought up the fact that the last time we played Cleveland? what the stakes were and how that ended up, so I think guys are on alert for that, but I won?t be able to answer that question."
The WheelHouse questions whether the Giants are in a trap game against the Browns.

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Hakeem Nicks will be missing his third straight game this Sunday as he continues to nurse his foot and knee injury. Ramses Barden has also been ruled out due to a concussion.

All of a sudden, an area that was the Giants strength will rely on contributions from a medley of different receivers.

Victor Cruz is a given. After a few timely drops Week 1, he?s bounced back to show that last season was no fluke. However, if the Browns or any other opposing defense focuses on limiting Cruz, Eli Manning will need his other targets to step up.

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The New York Giants (2-2) welcome Cleveland Browns (0-4) to town Sunday afternoon, and you would expect Big Blue to be eager to take the field.

This game can be construed in two ways. For one, the Giants can rebound and make a statement in the process. They can use this game to work out some of the wrinkles before they begin a difficult stretch of games v. San Francisco, Washington, Dallas, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Green Bay.

Or the team can overlook the Browns and focus on those upcoming opponents. A trap game is the common title for it. And the Browns have enough talent to win this game if the Giants' hearts aren't into it.

Tags: 2012 New York Giants, Brandon Weeden, Cleveland Browns, derek anderson, Eli Manning, LeSean McCoy, trent richardson
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CLEVELAND BROWNS Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE: WR Travis Benjamin (hamstring), S Tashaun Gipson (knee), WR Mohamed Massaquoi (hamstring), TE Alex Smith (head), S T.J. Ward (hand)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE: WR Joshua Cribbs (head), LB James-Michael Johnson (ribs, oblique), DE Frostee Rucker (shoulder), S Raymond Ventrone (hand, calf), S Usama Young (knee)

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Wide receivers Hakeem Nicks (knee, ankle) and Ramses Barden (concussion) did not practice Wednesday morning.

The reality of it is Nicks' status was already shaky, given that head coach Tom Coughlin stated earlier in the week he did not believe the top wideout's knee was improving.

Barden's concussion is an even worse sign. He caught just two balls for 36 yards in Sunday's loss to Philadelphia, but had a career performance in Week 3 against Carolina.

Tags: 2012 New York Giants, Cleveland Browns, Domenik Hixon, Hakeem Nicks, Injuries, Ramses Barden, Victor Cruz
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The New York Giants are off to a 2-2 start, which pits them in last place in the NFC East. Though two other divisional teams are both 2-2, the Giants own an 0-2 record within the division, which serves as the tiebreaker.

Of course, the team has only played four games, so the standings as of now mean nothing. But hopefully, those early divisional losses won?t come back to haunt Big Blue.

Over the next four weeks, the Giants will get into the heart of a very difficult schedule. After playing three of their first four games in primetime, the team will finally have four straight Sunday games at regular times.

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Winners

St. Louis Rams - They traded back twice in this first round. They collected a ransom from the Redskins a month ago for the right to draft RGIII and followed it up by trading the sixth pick for an additional second round pick. They now have 7 combined picks in the first two rounds of this draft and the next. They will theoretically add 7 starters in those two years and already have a franchise QB.

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As a group here, we would prefer the Giants retain the services of Osi Umenyiora. But this labor deal brought out the worst in almost everyone and some fences may be broken beyond repair. ?Such is the case of Osi, a talented, yet ambiguous figure who put himself ahead of team during this labor strife.

He just may have played himself out of East Rutherford. Or has he? The Giants will simply not give Umenyiora away. He has value, if not to other teams then to them.

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from SNY collaborator Mike Garafolo of the Newark Star-Ledger....

The Giants have signed three more players to reserve/future contracts for the 2011 season: RB Martell Mallett, OL Ike Ndukwe and DE Ayanga Okpokowuruk.

Mallett was with the Eagles in camp last season. He rushed for 60 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries in the preseason opener before gaining only 37 yards on his final 12 attempts of the preseason. He was briefly on the team's practice squad before being released. He was later on the Browns' practice squad for two months and returned to the Eagles' practice squad for the postseason.

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