Below is a list of the essential questions about free agency, answered in adroit fashion by the NFL Communications department...

Q.  When does the 2014 free agency signing period begin?

 A.  At 4:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 11. 

Q.  What is permitted during the three-day negotiating period prior to the start of free agency?

 A.  Beginning at 12:00 noon ET on Saturday, March 8 and ending at 3:59:59 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 11, clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into negotiations with, the certified agents of players who will become Unrestricted Free Agents upon the expiration of their 2013 player contracts at 4:00 p.m. ET on March 11.  However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4:00 p.m. ET on March 11.

 During this negotiation period, a prospective unrestricted free agent cannot visit a club (other than the player’s current club) at its permanent facility or at any other location, and no direct contact is permitted between the player and any employee or representative of a club (other than the player’s current club).  If a player is self-represented, clubs are prohibited from discussions with the player during the negotiating period.

Clubs (other than the player’s current club) may not discuss or make any travel arrangements with prospective unrestricted free agent players, their certified agents, or anyone else associated with the player until the expiration of those players’ 2013 Player Contracts at 4:00 p.m. ET on March 11.

The three-day negotiating period applies only to potential unrestricted free agents; it does not apply to players who are potential Exclusive Rights Players or Restricted Free Agents, or to players who have been designated as Franchise Players or Transition Players.

Q.  What are the categories of free agency?

A.  Players are either “Restricted Free Agents” or “Unrestricted Free Agents.”  A Restricted Free Agent may be subject to a qualifying offer.  A Restricted or Unrestricted Free Agent may be designated by his prior club as its Franchise Player or Transition Player.

Q.  What is the time period for free agency signings this year?

A.  For Restricted Free Agents, from March 11 to May 2.  For Unrestricted Free Agents who have received the June 1 tender from their prior club, from March 11 to July 22 (or the first scheduled day of the first NFL training camp, whichever is later).  For Franchise Players, from March 11 until the Tuesday following the 10th week of the regular season, November 11.  For Transition Players, from March 11 until July 22.  If the above-listed players do not sign by November 11, they must sit out the season. 

Q.  What is the difference between a Restricted Free Agent and an Unrestricted Free Agent?

A.  In the 2014 League Year, players with three accrued seasons become Restricted Free Agents when their contracts expire at the conclusion of the 2013 League Year.  Unrestricted Free Agents have completed four or more accrued seasons.  An Unrestricted Free Agent is free to sign with any club with no draft choice compensation owed to his old club.

Q.  What constitutes an “Accrued Season”?

A.  Six or more regular-season games on a club’s active/inactive, reserved/injured or reserve/physically unable to perform lists.

Q.  What could restrict the ability of a Restricted Free Agent to sign with a new club? 

A.  If he has received a “qualifying offer” (a salary tender predetermined by the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the league and its players) from his old club.  He can negotiate with any club through May 2.  If the Restricted Free Agent signs an offer sheet with a new club, his old club can match the offer and retain him because the qualifying offer entitles it to a “right of first refusal” on any offer sheet the player signs.  If the old club does not match the offer, it may receive draft choice compensation depending on the amount of its qualifying offer.  If an offer sheet is not executed on or before May 2, the player’s negotiating rights revert exclusively to his old club.  In addition, a player who would otherwise be a Restricted Free Agent may be designated by his old club as its Franchise Player or Transition Player. No Restricted Free Agents were designated as Franchise or Transition players this year.

Q.  What determines an Unrestricted Free Agent?

A.  A player with four or more accrued seasons whose contract has expired.  He is free to sign with any club, with no draft choice compensation owed to his old club, through July 22 (or the first scheduled day of the first NFL training camp, whichever is later).  At that point, his negotiating rights revert exclusively to his old club if by June 1 the old club tendered the player a one-year contract for 110 percent of  his prior year’s salary.  His old club then has until the Tuesday following the 10th week of the regular season (November 11) to sign him.  If he does not sign by that date, he must sit out the season.  If no tender is offered by June 1, the player can be signed by any club at any time throughout the season. 

Q.  What determines a Franchise Player?

A.  The salary offer by a player’s club determines what type of franchise player he is: exclusive or non-exclusive

An “exclusive” Franchise Player – not free to sign with another club – is offered the greater of (i) the average of the top five salaries at the player’s position for the current year as of the end of the restricted free agent signing period on May 2; or (ii) the amount of the required tender for a non-exclusive franchise player, as explained below.

Article 10, Section 2(a)(i) of the CBA sets forth the methodology, known as the “Cap Percentage Average,” for calculating the required tender for such a player:

The Nonexclusive Franchise Tender shall be a one year NFL Player Contract for (A) the average of the five largest Prior Year Salaries for players at the position . . . at which the Franchise Player participated in the most plays during the prior League Year, which average shall be calculated by: (1) summing the amounts of the Franchise Tags for players at that position for the five preceding League Years; (2) dividing the resulting amount by the sum of the Salary Caps for the five preceding League Years . . . ; and (3) multiplying the resulting percentage by the Salary Cap for the upcoming League Year . . . (the “Cap Percentage Average”) . . . ; or (B) 120% of his Prior Year Salary, whichever is greater . . . .

If a club extends a required tender to a “non-exclusive” Franchise Player pursuant to this section, the player shall be permitted to negotiate a player contract with any club, except that draft choice compensation of two first-round draft selections shall be made in the event he signs with a new club.

Q.  How many Franchise Players and Transition Players can a team designate each season?

A.  A club can designate one “Franchise” Player or one “Transition” Player among its potential restricted or unrestricted free agents.   

Q.  Can a club decide to withdraw its Franchise or Transition designations on a player?

A.  Yes.  A club can withdraw its Franchise or Transition designation, and the player then automatically becomes an unrestricted free agent, either immediately or when his contract expires.

Q.  What is the salary cap for 2014?

A.  The salary cap is $133,000,000 per club.

Q.  When must teams be in compliance with the cap?

A.  At the start of the 2014 League Year, which begins at 4:00 p.m. ET on March 11.

Q.  If a team is under the salary cap at the end of a given season, can the team carry over room to the next season?

A.  Yes.  A team may “carry over” room from one League Year to the following League Year by submitting notice to the NFL prior to 4:00 p.m. ET on the day before the team’s final regular-season game indicating the maximum amount of room that the club wishes to carry over.

Q.  What is the maximum amount of room that a club can carry over?

A.  One hundred percent of its remaining room.

Tags: 2014 New York Giants, 2014 NFL Free Agency, NFL Free Agency

Vacc's 3 Keys: Giants-Steelers 00:03:53
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano identifies three keys for a Giants victory on Sunday in Pittsburgh.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv:

THE GAME: The Giants (8-3) vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers (6-5) at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 4:25 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER: Cloudy and chilly, with temperatures in the upper 30s or low 40s. There's a small chance of a little rain, but at least it doesn't appear there'll be much wind.

WHAT IT MEANS: A lot. And a lot of different things. First, the Giants need to win if they have any hope of winning the NFC East. The Cowboys' comeback win in Minnesota on Thursday night made that a longshot for the Giants as it is. If they win, though, they'll remain two back and then if they beat the Cowboys next week they'd be one back with the tie-breaker and three games left to play. A loss in Pittsburgh, though, and the Giants will be three back with four games left and even if they beat the Cowboys next week the division is likely out of reach. The wild card race, though, may be their's to lose if they win in Pittsburgh. If that happens they'd be at least two games up, maybe three, with four to play. That's a virtual lock. But regardless of all that, this is a benchmark game for the Giants. Yes, they've won six in a row, but the competition hasn't exactly been stellar. Their December schedule represents a big step up in class and even though the Steelers have been erratic, beating them in Pittsburgh is the Giants' toughest challenge since their back-to-back trips to (and losses in) Minnesota and Green Bay, right before their winning streak started.

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Ralph Vacchiano answers a question about the state of the Giants offensive line.

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 (Jeff Hanisch)
(Jeff Hanisch)

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When one thinks of a New York Giants-Pittsburgh Steelers matchup they envision a hard-hitting affair between big bodied linemen and linebackers. That may have been the case in years past, but the game has changed immensely in this decade. The biggest matchup in this Sunday's upcoming game between the two legendary franchises will likely take place between two 5"10" speedsters.

The Steelers' most explosive player is WR Antonio Brown, the 5'10" four-time Pro Bowler who has been virtually unstoppable the past several seasons. Fantasy players know Brown well and in legacy leagues, he rarely lasts past the first few selections. In DFS, Brown is one of the highest-valued names. He'll cost you, but he's usually worth it.

Tags: Janoris Jenkins, John Fennelly
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The Wild BJC asks on Twitter: "31st in NFL rushing yards thus far, will this eventually hurt the Giants down the stretch or can they keep winning via pass game and defense?"



Ralph Vacchiano: Conventional wisdom insists that a team can't win in December (especially in the Northeast) or on the road in the playoffs by throwing the ball on offense alone.

At some point it needs to run the ball to control the clock and pick up the tough first downs. It needs to play defense, too...


Oct 9, 2016; Green Bay, WI, USA; New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Green Bay won 23-16. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

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GEICO SportsNite: Giants 00:01:25
Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison has been making a huge impact for the Giants much maligned defense.

Giants defensive tackle Damon "Snacks" Harrison has been making a huge impact for the Giants' much maligned defense.

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Taylor James on Twitter asks: "Is Jerry Reese still on the hot seat?"



Ralph Vacchiano: No, I'm pretty sure he's safe now. I'd say John Mara and Steve Tisch are pretty happy with six straight wins, an 8-3 record, a likely playoff berth and - if nothing else - a relevant December. They kept Reese around to turn the franchise back in the right direction after three straight losing seasons. Barring a total and stunning collapse down the stretch, that's exactly what he did...

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GEICO SportsNite: Eli, Big Ben 00:03:32
Sterling Shepard talks about his targets, while the panel debates Eli vs Big Ben.

GEICO SportsNite: Giants 00:01:25
Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison has been making a huge impact for the Giants much maligned defense.

 (Aaron Doster)
(Aaron Doster)

When the leaves begin to cover the ground here in the East in late November, you can bet the NFL contenders are getting their running games in order. The Steelers are a prime example. Yes, they have an explosive passing game, but they know it's their running game that will propel them towards the postseason.

That running game is led by one of the best backs in the league in Le'Veon Bell, the fourth-year man out of Michigan State who came into this season still rehabbing from MCL/PCL surgery. He missed the first three games of the season due to another drug-related suspension and it's taken him a while to find his footing in this offense that was passing the ball nearly 65 percent of the time the first nine games of the year.

But that's changing as Bell has been heating up of late. The past two weeks, he rushed for 120 and 146 yards against Indianapolis and Cleveland respectively, and added 77 more yards in those games via 12 receptions. He is looking more and more like the weapon the Steelers had back in 2014, when Bell was a first-team All-Pro.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Landon Collins has been named the NFC's Defensive Player of the Month for November, it was announced Thursday.

He is the first Giants player to win the award since Jason Pierre-Paul in December 2011 and the first safety in Giants history to win the award.

The 22-year-old Collins, who won back-to-back defensive Player of the Week awards earlier this season, had three interceptions, five passes defensed, one sack, and 30 tackles (23 solo) in November.

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GEICO SportsNite: Vereen returns 00:01:45
Giants players and coaches react to Shane Vereen practicing with the team for the first time since he was incapacitated with an injury.

GEICO SportsNite: Beckham 00:00:48
Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. speaks about his ability to match up with Steelers stud Antonio Brown.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It's thumbs up for Odell Beckham. Literally.

The Giants' star wide receiver gave the thumbs up sign when asked how his injured thumb was feeling on Wednesday. He injured it in the Giants' win in Cleveland on Sunday and was briefly forced to leave the game. He did return, though, and finish his six-catch, 96-yard, two-touchdown performance.

He wasn't on the Giants' injury report Wednesday and was able to participate in their light practice. He also said his thumb was "good," though he added that it definitely hurts.

"Every time it hits there," Beckham said. "In the game, I was going down to the ground and I had my hand over the ball. They tried to rip the ball and just ripped straight thumb. It doesn't feel good. I don't think you really notice how much your thumb bumps into stuff or gives out of its movement until you have one that's hurt and you bump it into a table.

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 (Robert Deutsch)
(Robert Deutsch)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants' struggling offense could soon get a boost with the return of running back Shane Vereen.

Vereen returned to practice with the team on Wednesday for the first time since suffering a partial tear of his triceps muscle in Week 3. And he's far enough along in his recovery, according to a team source, that the "hope" is he'll be ready to play in the Giants' showdown with the NFC East-leading Dallas Cowboys on Dec. 11.

"Man, I wish I knew, honestly," a clearly excited Vereen said after practice. "It's up to the doctors. I am progressing, doing everything that they have me do each and every day, just trying to take baby steps and hope enough of the baby steps will be to getting back on the field."

Vereen has been on injured reserve since his injury, but he will become the Giants' "designated to return" IR player as long as he's added to the active roster some time in the next 21 days. Giants coach Ben McAdoo would not put a timetable on Vereen's return - he said that will be up to the medical staff - but he was clearly excited by the idea.

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 (Ed Mulholland)
(Ed Mulholland)

As the "real football" begins this weekend, the Giants are in fantastic position. They still have a shot at winning the NFC East -- especially if they can beat the Dallas Cowboys on Dec. 11 -- and they have a strong hold on at least one of the NFC's two wild-card spots.

With five games to go, though, their lead of two games isn't fully secure -- especially considering how difficult their schedule is down the stretch. Here's a look at the state of the wild-card race, and a look at the division race, too:

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Giants released their injury report on Wednesday. The following players were listed...

Did Not Participate in Practice

  • S Nat Berhe (concussion)
  • LB Mark Herzlich (concussion)
  • DE Owa Odighizuwa (knee)

Limited Participation in Practice (Less than 100 percent of a player's normal repetitions)

Tags: Brett Jones, Dwayne Harris, Justin Pugh, Mark Herzlich, Marshall Newhouse, Nat Berhe, Owa Odighizuwa
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New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) celebrates a sack of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)
New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) celebrates a sack of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)

Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul has been named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 12, the league announced Wednesday morning

Pierre-Paul recorded three sacks, seven total tackles, three tackles for loss, and had a 43-yard fumble return for a touchdown in New York's 27-13 win over Cleveland on Sunday.

The award marks the fourth time Pierre-Paul has been named the Defensive Player of the Week, putting him third in Giants history behind only Lawrence Taylor (9) and Michael Strahan (5).

Tags: Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr.
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GEICO SportsNite: Giants 00:01:02
Giants quarterback Eli Manning discusses the prospect of facing his draft classmate Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning shakes hands with New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning after a game at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning shakes hands with New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning after a game at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Giants are getting some help on beating Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers by learning from Eli Manning's champion brother Peyton.

Peyton, a two-time Super Bowl champion who retired after the Denver Broncos won Super Bowl 50 in February, visited the Giants' facility on Tuesday, according to ESPN's Jordan Raanan

Eli is facing the Steelers for the fourth time in his career, the first since 2012. Eli is 1-2 in those games, while Peyton, including the playoffs, went 4-1 in his career against the Roethlisberger-led Steelers, including a win in last year's AFC Divisional Game. Peyton threw for 1,250 yards, eight touchdowns and one interception in those matchups.

"He gave some insight," Eli said to Raanan. "Just some stuff that was successful; he's played Pittsburgh a lot over the years. Played 'em last year in the playoffs. So just had a few tips or ideas that may fit into our system."

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Seattle Seahawks linebacker Eric Pinkins (47) runs during the first quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum. (Kyle Terada)
Seattle Seahawks linebacker Eric Pinkins (47) runs during the first quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum. (Kyle Terada)

The Giants have promoted S/LB Eric Pinkins from the practice squad, while RB Orleans Darkwa has been placed on the injured reserve list, the Giants announced Tuesday evening.

Darkwa has been dealing with lower leg soreness, and has not recorded a carry since New York's 23-16 loss to the Packers on Oct. 9. The running back has only appeared on special teams in the last four games. 

On the season, Darkwa has carried the ball 30 times for 111 yards and two touchdowns.

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 (Ken Blaze)
(Ken Blaze)

Odell Beckham, Jr. could remain the Giants' punt returner when they face the Steelers this Sunday, head coach Ben McAdoo hinted after Sunday's game.

"We'll take a look at it. We'll talk to him in the game plan meetings this week," McAdoo told reporters. "He's sure-handed back there. He's electric with the ball in his hands."

Bobby Rainey began this past Sunday's win against the Browns as the punt returner, but was replaced by Beckham after fumbling one away in the first half.

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GEICO SportsNite: Giants on FNNY 00:03:49
The Football Night in New York panel discusses Eli Manning?s arm and the Giants' offensive potential moving forward.

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 (Ken Blaze)
(Ken Blaze)

The first three months of the Ben McAdoo Era couldn't have worked out much better for the Giants. They are 8-3, the second-best record in their conference, and well-positioned for their first playoff berth in five years. They are rolling, coming off their sixth straight victory.

Everything is good. Everyone is happy. But the rookie coach still gave his team this warning:

"It's December football," he said on a conference call with reporters on Monday. "This is where the real football begins."

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On this week's Giants Goal Line, SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano discusses another so-so win for the Giants, as well as the Odell Beckham Jr show, as Big Blue survived in Cleveland to beat the Browns and claim their 6th straight win. Plus, Paul Schwartz of the New York Post calls in to chat about whether or not the Giants are better or worse than their record, and whether or not they are serious contenders as the calendar flips to December.

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The Giants' Odell Beckham celebrates after scoring against Clevleeand Sunday.
The Giants' Odell Beckham celebrates after scoring against Clevleeand Sunday.

Odell Beckham Jr. was targeted 11 times and had six catches for 96 yards with two touchdowns during the Giants' 27-13 win over the Browns on Sunday.

Last week against the Bears, he only had five catches for 46 yards on seven targets, leading to concern the Giants weren't using their top playmaker enough.

Beckham had a 32-yard catch-and-run off a slant pass in the second quarter fora score, and a 4-yard TD reception with 5:10 to go as the Giants put the winless Browns away. He had a 41-yard catch before his second TD. 

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 (Scott Galvin)
(Scott Galvin)

Giants QB Eli Manning threw three touchdown passes Sunday during the Giants' 27-13 win over the Browns in Cleveland.

He completed 15 of 27 passes for 194 yards overall, had zero interceptions and was sacked just once.

Two of Manning's touchdown passes were to Odell Beckham, Jr. -- a 32-yard catch-and-run in the second quarter and a four-yard reception with just over five minutes left in the fourth 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.

Tags: Cleveland Browns, Jason Pierre-Paul, Johnathan Hankins, Kerry Wynn, Olivier Vernon, John Fennelly
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GEICO SportsNite: Giants driving 00:03:28
Marc Malusis and Chris Lopresti discuss the important factors in the Giants' win and how far Big Blue can actually ride this momentum.

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GEICO SportsNite: Giants rolling 00:01:10
Eli Manning, Ben McAdoo, and Jason Pierre-Paul speak following the team's 27-13 victory over the Cleveland Browns.

Eli Manning threw three touchdown passes, two to Odell Beckham, Jr., and Jason Pierre-Paul returned an interception for a score as the Giants defeated the Browns 27-13 Sunday in Cleveland.

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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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The Giants' Nat Berhe covers a punt against the Eagles earlier this season. (William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports)
The Giants' Nat Berhe covers a punt against the Eagles earlier this season. (William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports)

Giants safety Nat Berhe left Sunday's Giants victory over the Browns in Cleveland due to a concussion.

Earlier this season, Berhe missed four games recovering from a concussion. When he returned, he told NJ.com that he would not change his hard-hitting style. 

"Is that going to change how I tackle? Probably not," Berhe said. "I've watched the hit and it was just one of those things where it just happened. It is what it is.

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

THE WEATHER: Not bad, actually. Temperatures in the mid-40s, light winds. Considering it's Cleveland and it's almost December, it could be a heck of a lot worse.

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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.

Tags: Cleveland Browns, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Janoris Jenkins, Landon Collins, John Fennelly
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GEICO SportsNite: NY Giants 00:01:22
Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and head coach Ben McAdoo discuss the matchup against the Cleveland Browns.

Nov 20, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon (54) hits Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) after a pass for a personal foul during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner - USA TODAY SPORTS)
Nov 20, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon (54) hits Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) after a pass for a personal foul during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner - USA TODAY SPORTS)

Giants DE was fined $18,231 for a roughing the passer penalty he took last week against the Bears, according to SNY.tv's Ralph Vacchiano. 

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 (Scott Galvin)
(Scott Galvin)

Here's a hypothetical question: What scares you more -- going on the road to play an 11-0 team or going on the road and playing an 0-11 one?

This Sunday, the Giants will visit the 0-11 Cleveland Browns. In the nine decade history of the franchise they have never faced a team that was 0-11 or worse.

The closest they have come was back in 1960 when they hosted the Dallas Cowboys at Yankee Stadium. That game ended in a 31-31 tie and was Dallas' only non-loss in their 0-11-1 inaugural season.

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The Giants released their injury report on Thursday. The following players were listed...

Did Not Participate in Practice

  • LB Brett Jones (calf)
  • OL Justin Pugh (knee)
  • DE Jason Pierre-Paul (knee)
  • OL Marshall Newhouse (knee)

Limited Participation in Practice (Less than 100 percent of a player's normal repetitions)

  • WR Dwayne Harris (wrist)
  • WR Roger Lewis, Jr. (concussion)
  • G Adam Gettis -- (Calf )
  • RB Orleans Darkwa -- (Lower Leg)
Tags: Brett Jones, Dwayne Harris, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Pugh, Marshall Newhouse
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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham runs out of bounds after a reception in the third quarter against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham runs out of bounds after a reception in the third quarter against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports Images)

Despite Odell Beckham, Jr. being limited to 238 yards and three touchdowns over the past four weeks, the New York Giants have won each game.

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GEICO SportsNite: OBJ 00:00:57
Odell Beckham Jr. discusses Thanksgiving on the two-year anniversary of "The Catch" against the Cowboys.
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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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The Giants released their injury report on Wednesday. The following players were listed...

Did Not Participate in Practice

  • LB Brett Jones (calf)
  • WR Roger Lewis, Jr. (concussion)
  • DE Jason Pierre-Paul (knee)
  • OL Marshall Newhouse (knee)
Tags: Brett Jones, Dwayne Harris, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Pugh, Marshall Newhouse
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New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo coaches against the Chicago Bears during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo coaches against the Chicago Bears during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Giants have gone 6-for-11 on fourth downs this season, and the risks rookie head coach Ben McAdoo has taken over the past several games have largely paid off.

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New York Giants offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse (73) against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Timothy T. Ludwig)
New York Giants offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse (73) against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Timothy T. Ludwig)

Giants OL Marshall Newhouse says he partially tore the MCL in his left knee, but he believes he can play on it, according to Zach Braziller of the New York Post.

Newhouse started at left guard for the Giants in Week 11 for the first time in his career, after starting guard Justin Pugh and backup guard Brett Jones were both ruled inactive. 

Newhouse suffered the injury during Sunday's win over Chicago, but only missed one series before returning to the field.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Brett Jones, Justin Pugh, Marshall Newhouse
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GEICO SportsNite: Giants' run 00:01:00
Giants look to continue to improve on both sides of the ball before their Week 12 tilt with the Cleveland Browns.

The Giants may be 7-3 and are possibly headed for a postseason berth, but they are far from a complete team -- sitting at 31st in the NFL in rushing after 11 weeks. Only the Minnesota Vikings are worse, but they have an excuse. They have been without star RB Adrian Peterson all year and are missing several starters on the offensive line. The Giants' excuse? Well, they don't have one.

Yes, the Giants ran for over 100 yards on Sunday for the second straight game, but they could not run the ball in the second half when they needed to. After coming out in the second half and scoring touchdowns on their first two drives, they punted on their next five, which included three three-and-outs. Their other two drives lasted just five plays each. With the weather changing in the Northeast, they have to do better than this.

Tags: Jerell Adams, Justin Pugh, Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Weston Richburg, Will Tye, John Fennelly
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GEICO SportsNite: Giants defense 00:00:33
Landon Collins talks with Ralph Vacchiano after the victory over the Chicago Bears and discusses the improvement in the Giants defense.

Landon Collins recorded six tackles, broke up three passes, and picked up his fifth interception of the season during New York's 22-16 win over the Bears on Sunday.

Collins extended his streak of consecutive games with an interception to four, the team's longest streak since Phillippi Starks recorded a pick in four straight games in 1995.

"He's a baller - straight up," defensive captain Jonathan Casillas said of Collins. "I don't know who's playing better than him in the NFL right now. Call it luck, call it whatever. But he's in the right place at the right time."

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Janoris Jenkins, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins
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