Cleveland Browns vs New York Giants takes place Saturday in what is being viewed by many Giants' fans as a must-win game. The game is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. ET and can be watched online through live stream (details below).
Following their week 4 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, the Giants come into this game with a unsatisfactory 2-2 record. It all could have been very different had they managed to slide past the Eagles at the end of last Sunday's game, but instead they went down 19-17. That loss means they are in desperate need of a win to get their season back on track, and most pundits would predict a New York win today.
The two losses suffered by New York until now are compounded by the fact that they have come against division opponents, making them even tougher to swallow.
The Browns have had a terrible start to the season, and are still winless. However, it would be dangerous for New York to feel Cleveland's 0-4 record means this game is a certain win. Most of the Browns' losses have been extremely tight - they have lost by just an average of six points across the four losses.
Cleveland have been improving little by little and they are edging closer to that elusive first victory, however, the Giants' will be wanting to make sure that first win for the Browns does not come this Sunday.
It would be easy for Giants fans to panic early on in the season with their team standing at 2-2; many might be ready to give up on their title defense. However, it would be prudent to point out that in the two times the Giants have won the Super Bowl since 2007, they started those seasons 2-2 (in 2007), and 3-2 (2011). So it is far too early to write them off yet. Although a win against the Browns would certainly lift the heavy atmosphere away from the team.
The Giants have been fantastic in the air, and they boast the second best passing offense in the league right now - last Sunday they managed 309 yards in the air. However, they have perhaps not converted those yards into touchdowns quite as much as they would have liked. If they can produce more in the end zone they would certainly be able to convert potentially damaging tight losses into close wins.
The Browns have a lot more to fix up; they have an offense that ranks 23rd in the NFL, and a defense that ranks even worse at 25th. Most teams struggle with one or the other, but the Browns have to sort things out at both ends or they are going to be in for a long season.
Cleveland Browns vs New York Giants starts at 1 p.m. ET and can be watched online through live stream by clicking here.