Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 10/8/12

On a rainy Sunday afternoon in Rutherford, New Jersey, fans in MetLife stadium prepared to watch what was sure to be an easy Giants victory over the winless Cleveland Browns.

After the opening kickoff, the first play from scrimmage was an Ahmad Bradshaw run and fumble, setting up a quick Trent Richardson touchdown for the Browns, leaving some to wonder whether or not the giants came prepared.

After the first 27 minutes of the first half, that feeling was still lingering inside MetLife, but quickly dissipated in the following 3 minutes. The Giants were able to put up a quick 14-points off two costly Browns' turnovers, and headed into halftime up 24-17; they never looking back. 

After coming back out in the second half it was all Giants. Ahmad Bradshaw dominated the Cleveland defensive front, while Eli Manning lit up the airways and Giants receivers burned the Cleveland secondary, while the Giants defense allowed only a field goal and “garbage-time” touchdown.

The game ended with a 41-27 score, and allowed the Giants to gain some ground in the NFC East with the Cowboys on their bye and the Eagles and Redskins both losing. As for the Browns, the loss is like adding salt to an open wound. The team is young and playing decent, but just can't make enough plays to put together a win.

Heroes- Ahmad Bradshaw

Bradshaw's season was looking less then impressive to say the least, and through three games he only had 133 yards and one touchdown. When he was replaced by backup Andre Brown, many thought Bradshaw had lost his starting job.

Low and behold, Coughlin stuck with Bradshaw when he returned from a neck injury that had sidelined him a week. In his first game back against Philadelphia, Bradshaw was only able to rack up 77 total yards. In the first play Sunday against the Browns, Bradshaw’s woes continued when he coughed up the ball on the first play from scrimmage. That would be the only downside of Bradshaw's day, as he went on to rush the ball 30 times for 200 yards and a score.

The last time Bradshaw ran for over 100 yards was Week 6 of last season. 200 yards is also a career high for the 5'10" back, who also pulled in 29 receiving yards.

The ground game for the Giants paced the offense and allowed a depleted receiving core, working with a number of backups, to beat the Cleveland secondary time and time again. Bradshaw needed a breakout game to silence his critics and this game against the Browns did just that, that is why Bradshaw gets the honor of game hero.

Heroes- Stevie Brown

Who? You know, the guy drafted by the Raiders with the 251st pick in the 2010 NFL draft. Oh you mean the guy that barely played his rookie season in Oakland, and then the following season only found a home on the Indianapolis Colts' practice squad?

Yes, that Stevie Brown, the same guy who now starts for the New York Giants, after their secondary got depleted with injuries. Though Brown has been a relative unknown since being drafted in 2010, he may become a household name before too long.

In perhaps the two biggest plays of the game, where momentum had shifted completely, Brown was a key figure. Down 17-10 with the Browns driving, quarterback Brandon Weeden over-shot a receiver and Brown capitalized by intercepting the pass and returning it into Browns' territory. The Giants' offense then tied the game with a Bradshaw touchdown.

On the ensuing kickoff, another Giants' safety, Will Hill forced a Josh Cribbs fumble that was recovered by none other then Stevie Brown. Again the Giants were able to capitalize and went into halftime with a 24-17 lead. Had Brown not been apart of those two turnovers, the outcome of the game might have been quite different, fortunately for the Giants, Brown delivered. (UPS joke.)

Zeros- Cleveland cornerbacks Johnson Bademosi, Sheldon Brown, Trevin Wade, Buster Skrine and Dimitri Patterson

All of Cleveland's corners deserve the zero tag for this game. Although the Giants ground game gashed the Cleveland front for 244 yards, the secondary looked far worse.

On three separate occasions Eli Manning found Victor Cruz in the back of the end zone wide-open after Cleveland's corner bit the play action, and left Cruz unmanned.

Each play looked too unreal with how short the field was and how wide open Cruz had been. The first TD came on a 4-yard strike against Skrine, the second Cruz score was a 7-yard fade against Patterson, and the third and final touchdown to Cruz was a 28-yard strike that beat Wade. Three different corners, all beat stepping up to play action and giving the Giants easy points.

To round out the list of corners, Bademosi and Brown, who were often featured in nickel and dime defenses and were required to cover the other Giants receivers. Rookie Rueben Randle was able to have a career day against them racking up 6 catches for 82 yards, both career bests. The Cleveland secondary the duration of the game looked like they were guessing at whether or not it was a pass or run, and more often then not, they were wrong, which is why they get the honor of game zero.

Zeros- The 0-5 Cleveland Browns

For the first time since football came back to Cleveland in 1999, the Browns start their season 0-5.

Dating back to the 2011 season, the Browns are an even worse 0-11 in their last 11 games. Though the 2011 team and 2012 team look vastly different, the poor play and inability to win continues. The Browns are the only winless team left in the NFL.

The Browns are a young team with a lot of talent and potential. For the most part the Browns have stayed competitive and avoided blowouts, but at the end of the day a loss is still only a loss. It's tough to pinpoint where in Cleveland the problems are, so in this case, the entire team with have to take the unfortunate title of zero, ironically the same number of wins they have.



GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Eddie Lacy defends Mike McCarthy for weight loss comments

Red Sox nearly had serious catcher emergency in loss to Tigers

Ohio State DL Dylan Thompson ineligible for season

Roger Federer will miss Olympics, U.S. Open with knee injury

Seahawks extend Pete Carroll through 2019

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye releases first statement following car crash

Report: Brock Osweiler could have made more money staying with Broncos

Andrew Luck: Feels `as good as I've ever felt` for training camp

Amar'e Stoudemire announces retirement after signing one-day contract with Knicks

Report: Gregory failed multiple drug tests since suspension

Olympian Abby Johnston: Worst thing about Olympic village is no Pokemon

WATCH: Inside the Nike SNKRS BOX in SF for Golden Air Celebration

Report: Paul Pierce to return to Clippers

Jimbo Fisher: You come to FSU to win national championships

Andre Johnson worked out for Tennessee Titans

Shattenkirk for Krejci trade rumor still floating around

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman denies link to C.T.E.

Michael Vick: Cam Newton can’t beat me in 40-yard dash

WATCH: Five other uniforms Chris Sale should cut up

Odell Beckham Jr. says Giants will play in Super Bowl LI

Iowa researchers say they can optimize Monday Night Football ratings with scheduling

Terrelle Pryor can visit Ohio State as five-year ban comes to a close

Rudy Gay admits to having ‘no idea’ about what the Kings are doing

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

WATCH: Inside the Nike SNKRS BOX in SF for Golden Air Celebration

WATCH: Five other uniforms Chris Sale should cut up

QUIZ: Name every Olympic event in which the USA has never won a gold medal

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

WATCH: What teams should join the Big 12?

One Gotta Go: Do NBA players really love NBA2K?

One Gotta Go: NBA players hate Facebook too

One Gotta Go: NBA players settle the fast food beef

One Gotta Go: NBA players make tough choices on their favorite rappers

One Gotta Go: NBA Summer League is not about that Game of Thrones life

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker