Browns vs. Giants: Final Report Card, Player Grades for New York
Behind three touchdown grabs from wideout Victor Cruz and 243 yards of total rushing, the New York Giants topped the winless Cleveland Browns Sunday by a 41-27 final.
Quarterback Eli Manning posted a triple-digit quarterback rating, and the Giants scored 20 unanswered points after falling behind 17-7 in the second quarter. The G-Men improve to 3-2, and are set to travel to San Francisco next week.
Check out post-game analysis and final report card grades for key Giants.
Eli Manning: A
Manning churned out another great game Sunday, finishing with three touchdowns and 259 yards through the air.
Eli developed a quick rapport with receivers Domenik Hixon and rookie Rueben Randle, and worked in-routes and mid-level plays all afternoon.
Manning's velocity was on-point, finding windows in a crowded Browns zone. The emergence of Ahmad Bradshaw and the running game allowed for a more balanced offense, and Manning's pocket stayed clean for all 60 minutes.
Cleveland's corners played physical, but Eli wasn't afraid to challenge the outside.
Ahmad Bradshaw: A+
Bradshaw bursted to the top of the class Sunday, compiling a career-high 200 yards on 30 touches.
Bradshaw hit holes hard and touted some shifty running at the second level. He also worked the flat for four receptions.
Despite a fumble on the game's first play from scrimmage, Bradshaw finished as the MVP of Sunday's action. The Giants' offense becomes all the more lethal with a consistent ground game.
Henry Hynoski: A+
Hynoski opened a slew of holes Sunday, most notably on David Wilson's 40-yard touchdown. He continues to be a standout blocker in New York's backfield.
David Wilson: A+
Wilson broke out with his first career score, and finished the afternoon with a 22 yards-per-carry average. In open space, Wilson is one of the most dangerous players on this team. He should see an augmented workload next week, should RB Andre Brown (concussion) sit out.
Victor Cruz: A+
Cruz came away with 50 yards on five catches, three of which were touchdowns. His route-running remains sharp, and continues to excel on fly routes.
While Domenik Hixon and Rueben Randle were steady in picking up first downs, Cruz was New York's big-play wideout. He now has five touchdowns in five games.
Rueben Randle: A
Sunday served as Randle's coming out party, as the underused rookie broke out with a team-high six grabs for 82 yards.
Randle worked in and slant routes all afternoon, and was Manning's hot read on some key third downs.
Domenik Hixon: A
Hixon continues to step up in the absence of Hakeem Nicks and Ramses Barden, making a few tough catches Sunday. He was targeted eight times--just as many as Cruz--and continues to out-muscle opposing corners.
Bear Pascoe: B+
Pascoe wasn't much of a factor as a receiver, but opened a hole for Bradshaw on a first quarter rush for 10 yards. He continues to make an impact along the O-line.
Martellus Bennett: B
Bennett sat out much of Sunday with a knee injury, finishing with three catches for 30 yards on just 4 targets. It's the second straight week that Bennett's seen a limited stat line, although he helped spring Bradshaw for a 37-yard run in the second half.
It looks like Rueben Randle manned Bennett's role in the offense this time around.
Kevin Boothe: A+
Boothe was dominant Sunday, opening inside runs for Bradshaw on the left side. He's strung together a surprisingly solid start to 2012 through week 5.
Sean Locklear: A+
Locklear opened the edge and held Cleveland's ends in check.
Will Beatty: A
Beatty allowed corner Dimitri Patterson to break into the backfield in the second quarter, but turned out a great performance on Sunday. Like Locklear, Beatty allowed Bradshaw to hit the outside all game long.
David Baas: A
Baas was hitting the second level all afternoon, and teamed with Martellus Bennett to spring Bradshaw for his 37-yarder.
Chris Snee: A-
Snee was charged with accidentally jarring the football from Ahmad Bradshaw's arm in the first quarter, and was later hit with a false start call. But he certainly redeemed himself later on, opening a few holes for Bradshaw and springing David Wilson on his first career touchdown. The Giants' O-line didn't allow a single sack.
Markus Kuhn: A-
Kuhn saw his first real action of 2012 Sunday, and lead the Giants with two pass deflections.
Linval Joseph: B
Joseph didn't do much to clog the middle against Trent Richardson and the Browns' run game, finishing with three tackles.
Justin Tuck: B
Another week, another snoozer for Tuck. He's yet to record a sack this year, although he did come in on six tackles.
Osi Umenyiora: B-
Umenyiora came away with four tackles, a pass deflection and one of New York's two hits on QB Brandon Weeden. On an underwhelming day for the pass rush, Umenyiora stayed busy in run defense.
Jason Pierre-Paul: C+
"JPP" was held in check by Pro Bowl tackle Joe Thomas, although he did come away with a second-half pass deflection in the red zone. The Giants failed to sack Weeden Sunday, and sit on just eight sacks for the year.
Chase Blackburn: A
Blackburn's fourth quarter end-zone interception all but sealed the deal for Big Blue, and he finished with a pass deflection and a QB hit as well.
Blackburn's charged for Josh Gordon's 62-yard touchdown grab, although it's hard to expect a linebacker to keep pace with a wideout. Blame mismatched personnel and a lack of help over the top for that one. He also missed a tackle on Trent Richardson in the first quarter, but it was still a great day for the veteran 'backer.
Michael Boley: A-
Boley allowed a fourth-down reception to Richardson, but notched six tackles and a pass deflection. When in pass coverage, Boley locked down on tight end Benjamin Watson.
Spencer Paysinger: B-
Paysinger saw more time on the outside than Mathias Kiwanuka did, and he finished with three tackles. He's still struggling with over-pursuit on runs, however.
Stevie Brown: A
Brown's second interception in Giants blue was a game-changer, taking the pick 46 yards and setting up an Ahmad Bradshaw touchdown scamper.
Brown finished with three tackles and a pass deflection as well. He failed to help out over the top on Josh Gordon's fourth quarter touchdown, but it was still a big day for the third-year safety.
Will Hill: A-
Hill split time with Brown filling in for shelved safety Kenny Phillips (knee), and finished with four tackles.
Corey Webster: B+
Webster allowed the second of Gordon's scores, and finished with a game-high eight stops. He continues to be gashed on the big play, but made a great open-field tackle on Benjamin Watson on a key third-down.
Prince Amukamara: B
Prince continues to bolster this secondary's depth, although he allowed a few grabs to wideout Jordan Norwood and was called for an illegal hands-to-the-face penalty.
Antrel Rolle: B-
Rolle continues to struggle over the top, and allowed a reception to TE Jordan Cameron. He did come up with a line-of-scrimmage tackle on a Cleveland double-reverse.
Will Hill: A+
Hill forced a fumble on Cleveland KR Josh Cribbs, and recovered a fourth-quarter onside kick. He had a big day in kick overage.
Lawrence Tynes: A
After a rough week 4 in Philadelphia, Tynes was a perfect 2-for-2 on field goal attempts, drilling kicks of 29 and 40 yards.
Steve Weatherford: A
Weatherford maxed out at 57 yards, and finished with a clean 100 yards on two punts.
Rueben Randle: B+
Randle took his only punt return of the day for 8 yards.
David Wilson: D+
While Wilson's first touchdown will be remembered in this one, the rookie regressed in his kick return role, averaging a paltry 13.5 yards a go Sunday. Cleveland K Phil Dawson does boast one of the strongest legs in the league, however. Let's see how he fares next week.
Overall Game Grade: A+
Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride found a way to get the running game going early, and the Giants stayed focused despite trailing by 10 in the second quarter.
The Giants were charged for just three penalties, compared to 10 for the Browns, and executed well in all units. It was a big win for the G-Men, who are once again back over .500.