Each week, Pro Football Focus takes a quick look back at each of the games that took place in the previous week and analyzes them. Their review of the Browns vs. Giants game is now live. Below is a recap of some of the interesting things they had to say, along with my own commentary.
- This was the first game that LB D'Qwell Jackson missed action during, and rookie L.J. Fort was called upon to replace him. Did Fort deliver like he did in Week 1 against the Eagles? Unfortunately, he did not, and PFF pinned the responsibility of RB David Wilson's 40-yard touchdown run on him:
With Fort in, the Giants racked up 24 points and moved the ball through the air and ground with ease. His struggles came to a head in the fourth quarter when guard Chris Snee got to the second level and took Fort right out of the hole on David Wilson’s 40-yard touchdown scamper.
- The Browns' secondary has struggled in every game without Joe Haden. PFF says that Eli Manning targeted CB Buster Skrine 9 times, completing 6 passes for 58 yards. Skrine also had two penalties called against him.
- RB Trent Richardson was praised for a complete effort. The highlight included seven broken tackles, four of which went against Giants LB Chase Blackburn.
- As a sign that the Browns' front seven weren't getting the job done, Giants OL Kevin Booth was credited as having "his best game in the PFF era," and this comes a week after he had a terrible game against the Eagles. Booth was a key part in not allowing any pressure on Manning, and paving the way for the Giants' success on the ground.
In another column, PFF talked about some tendencies that Manning recognized with the Browns' defense:
Did the Giants see the zone blitz coming? The Browns twice dropped Frostee Rucker while overloading the Giants’ right side with a safety (T.J. Ward) and linebacker (Scott Fujita). Both times Manning audibled and hit his tight end in stride for decent gains.