Few people are giving the Browns any chance of beating the New York Giants on Sunday. It was the same way in 2008, when the Browns pulled off the 35-14 upset of the defending Super Bowl champion Giants.
Can the Browns knock off the Giants again only a few months removed from a Super Bowl title? Eli Manning has some bad memories from that loss at Cleveland. He threw three interceptions and had one pick returned 94 yards for a touchdown by cornerback Eric Wright.
Not as many current Browns remember that game. Only five players remain from the Cleveland team that upended New York: offensive tackle Joe Thomas, linebacker D'Qwell Jackson, kicker Phil Dawson, receiver-returner Josh Cribbs and defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin. The Browns were led in that game by wide receiver Braylon Edwards, who had five catches for 154 yards.
There is a similarity between the two meetings that will help the Browns. In 2008, Cleveland faced the Giants after a bye week. This year, after playing last Thursday night, the Browns have nine days of rest before playing New York.
Unlike four years ago, the Browns won't have the benefit of playing at home. The Browns have lost nine straight road games. The last time Cleveland won away from home was Sept. 18, 2011 (at Indianapolis).