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.
This is all new terrain for these Giants and they hope that history is on their side. For the record, the Giants are 9-3 against teams that entered the game 0-4 or worse since the 1970 merger.
The fact that the Giants have been barely skating by each week should keep them from falling into the proverbial trap game, although the Bears almost crashed their party last week.
"No," QB Eli Manning said when asked if there are still "trap" games in the NFL. "For us, we have to understand and be prepared for every game and situation. If you don't go about and you don't prepare, you're going to lose. We have to have great preparation. It's not a team we've played a whole lot. We have to get familiar with the personnel, their scheme, have a great practice, go into a tough environment and win a football game."
The oddsmakers have made the 7-3 Giants an early seven-point favorite and set the over/under at 44 1/2 even though the Giants and Browns are two of the six NFL teams that have yet to score 30 points in a game this season.
The Browns are 0-11 for a reason. Their defense is next to last in the NFL in points allowed per game (29.5), total yards allowed per game (409.5) and rushing yards per game (143.9). Let's face it: If the Giants can't run on this team, it's not going to happen.
On offense, they are ranked 25th in rushing and 27th in passing. The Giants' defense cannot sleep on them, however. Isaiah Crowell has rushed for 561 yards and has a 4.4 YPC average. WR Terrelle Pryor, Sr. has caught 56 passes for 724 yards and six TDs.
The Browns will be without QB Cody Kessler (concussion) this week. 37-year-old Josh McCown will get the call. Last week against Pittsburgh, Browns QBs were sacked a total of eight times, so the Giants' pass rush will have a golden opportunity to pad their stats on Sunday.