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Postby slowkidz » Sun Sep 26, 2004 10:16 am

Browns at Giants


Kickoff: 1 today.

Broadcast: WOIO (Channel 19); WMMS (100.7-FM),
WTAM (1100-AM), WAKR (1590-AM), WHBC (1480-AM).

Records: Browns 1-1, Giants 1-1.

Coaches: Butch Davis (22-28) is in his fourth
season with the Browns; Tom Coughlin (1-1) is in
his first season with the Giants.

Injuries: Browns -- T Ryan Tucker (quad), DT
Gerard Warren (pectoral) and TE Kellen Winslow
Jr. (ankle) are out, TE Steve Heiden (knee) is
doubtful, RB Lee Suggs (neck), CB Anthony Henry
(vertigo), CB Daylon McCutcheon (finger) are
questionable, DE Ebenezer Ekuban (groin), G Paul
Zukauskas (knee) are probable. Giants -- RB Ron
Dayne (calf), LB Carlos Emmons (groin), LB
Barrett Green (ankle), WR Jamaar Taylor
(hamstring) and CB Frank Walker (foot) are
questionable.

Key stat: Browns kicker Phil Dawson's streak of
16 consecutive field goals is the longest in the
NFL.

About the opponent: Giants quarterback Kurt
Warner ended a personal eight-game losing streak
dating to the 2001 NFC Championship with a 20-14
victory last weekend over Washington. It also
ended the team's nine-game losing streak, tying a
franchise record. The Giants forced seven Redskin
turnovers -- three fumbles and four interceptions
-- as free safety Brent Alexander led the way
with two picks. Three second-quarter takeaways
led to 17 points and the Giants scored all 20 in
that quarter. New York won despite going 1-for-13
on third down and rushing for 62 net yards.

Matchup to watch: Giants tight end Jeremy Shockey
vs. Browns strong safety Robert Griffith. New
York is trying to make Shockey more of a blocker,
but that might not be the case as Shockey faces
his old college coach, Butch Davis. Baltimore's
Todd Heap and Dallas' Jason Witten had big days
against the Browns, Witten going against
Griffith. This week, Davis could try a linebacker
on the tight end.

The Browns win if . . . : William Green ignites
the running game with some breakaways and
quarterback Jeff Garcia holds the ball long
enough to find an open receiver.

Pick: Browns 20-17.
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Postby slowkidz » Sun Sep 26, 2004 10:20 am

Gameday Preview: Browns vs. Giants
Sunday, September 26, 2004
1 P.M. TODAY AT GIANTS STADIUM

Capacity: 80,242. Playing surface: Grass.
Television: WOIO Channel 19. Radio: WMMS
FM/100.7. Coaches: Browns' Butch Davis, 22-28, in
fourth season, 0-1 in playoffs. Giants' Tom
Coughlin, 1-1, in first season with Giants, 73-65
overall, 4-4 in playoffs. Series: Browns lead,
25-18-12.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH


1. DAVID VS. GOLIATH

Joaquin Gonzalez, the former Miami walk-on, makes
his first NFL start at right tackle, his natural
position, in place of the injured Ryan Tucker. He
will line up against Michael Strahan, the NFL
active leader in career sacks. Strahan has 115
sacks of 56 different quarterbacks in his 12 NFL
seasons. Jeff Garcia is not one of his victims.

2. KEEP SHOCKEY UNPLUGGED

Giants tight end Jeremy Shockey expressed
frustration this week with his ineffectiveness in
the team's new offense. Coach Tom Coughlin
responded by telling the two-time Pro Bowl player
to have patience, your catches will come. In two
games, Browns safeties have given up 19 catches
to tight ends, including nine to Dallas' Jason
Witten and six to Baltimore's Todd Heap.

3. DO SOMETHING SPECIAL

The Browns were decimated by injury this week,
but most of the injured players were not regular
contributors on special teams. Through two games,
the Browns kicking units have been exceptional.
They have to turn it up a notch to offset the
losses on offense and defense.

- Tony Grossi

2004 NFL RANKINGS

BROWNS OFFENSE: 29th overall, 18th rush, 32nd
pass.

GIANTS DEFENSE: 28th overall, 24th rush, 29th
pass.

GIANTS OFFENSE: 11th overall, 14th rush, 12th
pass.

BROWNS DEFENSE: 23rd overall, 11th rush, 25th
pass.

BROWNS: The battered Browns will play without TE
Kellen Winslow Jr., RT Ryan Tucker, DT Gerard
Warren and DE Courtney Brown, all starters.
They're also likely to be without CB Daylon
McCutcheon and RB Lee Suggs. Joaquin Gonzalez
will replace Tucker against 2003 NFL sack-leader
Michael Strahan. QB Jeff Garcia will try to
rebound from his dismal 0.0 rating against the
Dallas Cowboys. Michael Lehan might also replace
CB Anthony Henry, who's suffering from vertigo.
The Browns have forced seven turnovers in two
games.

GIANTS: Broke a nine-game losing streak last week
with a 20-14 victory over the Redskins, but they
needed seven takeaways (three fumbles and four
interceptions) to win by a narrow margin. QB Kurt
Warner hasn't thrown an interception in 92
attempts. In two games against Garcia, neither
Strahan or any other Giants have a sack. RB Tiki
Barber leads NFL rushers with 6.2 yards per
carry. WR Amani Toomer seeks his third straight
100-yard game against AFC teams.

KEY INJURIES: Browns: RT Tucker (quadriceps), DT
Warren (pectoral), TE Winslow (ankle) and DE
Brown (foot) are out; TE Steve Heiden (knee) is
doubtful; CB McCutcheon (finger), RB Suggs (neck)
are questionable; CB Henry (vertigo), DE Ebenezer
Ekuban (groin) are probable. Giants: S Shaun
Williams (knee) is out; WR Jamar Taylor
(hamstring) and CB Frank Walker (foot) are
questionable; RB Ron Dayne (calf), LB Carlos
Emmons (groin) and LB Barrett Green (ankle) are
probable.

THE LINE: Giants favored by 3½.

- Mary Kay Cabot

STAFF PREDICTIONS

ROGER BROWN

Giants 21, Browns 17

The good news: The Browns don't suffer six
injuries.

MARY KAY CABOT

Browns 17, Giants 13

Browns rally back from Black Sunday.

TONY GROSSI

Giants 20, Browns 13

Browns are facing severe mismatches in at least
two areas.

BILL LIVINGSTON

Browns 13, Giants 10

Difference between a Brazil nut and Giants coach
Tom Coughlin? Coughlin is from New York.

BUD SHAW

Browns 20, Giants 17

Davis doesn't have to fabricate sick kid in
hospital for pre-game motivational speech.
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