It's AFC vs. NFC this week for a Sunday Night 7 matchup with plenty of playoff implications!
Play for FREE for your chance to win or split a $100,000 jackpot every contest. Download the NBC Sports Predictor app to join the party right now. This week's game features the Cleveland Browns and New York Giants, as the Browns look to bounce back from a wild loss Monday night and the Giants try to keep pace with Washington in the NFC East.
Here are the 7 questions for this Sunday's game at MetLife Stadium:
#1 Baker Mayfield passing yards? Passing touchdowns?
< 175, 175-199, 200-229, 230-264, 265-299, 300+
0, 1, 2, 3, 4+
A choice must be made: will the Browns rely on a run-heavy attack against one of the league's worst teams, one that kept Mayfield under 250 yards passing in nine of the first 10 games this season? Or will the aerial display of the last two weeks continue? Mayfield lit up the Titans for 334 yards passing two weeks ago, then threw for 343 yards last week while trying to keep pace with the Ravens. The Browns typically don't mind a gameplan that calls for less than 23 pass attempts from their quarterback, and there is a strong possibility that Cleveland gets out to an early lead and leans on their strong run game to keep their opponent at bay. It's unlikely that he'll meet the same frenetic pace of last week's thriller, and his passing stats against Tennessee were bolstered by a 75-yard toss. A return to norm seems in store, and the Browns could absolutely win the game even if Mayfield only lands in the 200-229 yard zone through the air.
#2 Daniel Jones rushing yards? Passing yards?
< 20, 20-33, 34-47, 48-61, 62-74, 75+
< 175, 175-199, 200-224, 225-249, 250-274, 275+
Jones can get it done both on the ground and through the air, but there's concern as to whether he'll even see the field Sunday night. The second-year quarterback is listed as questionable with a hamstring injury, and Colt McCoy sits in waiting two weeks after leading the Giants in an upset win over Seattle. Recent reports indicate that team brass are leaning toward starting McCoy, which means that Jones could be limited in action if not sidelined entirely for a contest that is critical to the Giants' divisional hopes. He has only eclipsed 20 yards rushing once in his last five games played, and given the strong chance that McCoy gets the lion's share of the work the prudent play here is to take the lowest possible increment for Jones' rushing and passing totals.
#3 Nick Chubb rushing yards? Rushing touchdowns?
< 65, 65-84, 85-104, 105-119, 120-134, 135+
0, 1, 2+
Chubb has been a bell cow for the Browns, rushing for at least 80 yards in each of the last five games while averaging one touchdown per contest. He has gotten at least 17 carries in seven of nine games played this season and has become the primary focus of the Cleveland rushing attack alongside Kareem Hunt. The Giants Defense is averaging 3.9 yards allowed per carry, good enough for fifth in the league, but that shouldn't deter the Browns from implementing a run-first attack. Chubb should get plenty of reps and could become a primary weapon in the second half if the Browns get out to an early lead against a struggling Giants Offense. Pencil him in for 88 yards and one score on the ground.
#4 First touchdown of the game?
This feels like another chance to back Chubb, especially if the Browns try to punch it in from close range. Hunt has scored 10 total touchdowns this season, one more than his backfield counterpart, while Gallman leads the Giants attack with six receiving touchdowns this season. But it's hard to bank on a New York squad that hasn't scored more than 19 points in their last three games. If the Browns are going to score first, Chubb seems like the leading candidate.
#5 Longest play (rushing or receiving) of the first half?
< 25, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-55, 56-64, 65+
If McCoy gets the nod under center for the Giants, he seems unlikely to contribute to this particular stat given he hasn't completed a pass longer than 22 yards in any of the three games he has played this season. The absence of Saquon Barkley limits the New York rushing attack, so once again we're trying to predict the offensive output on the other side. Mayfield has completed a pass of at least 37 yards in three of his last six games, while Chubb has a rush of at least 29 yards in four of his last five games. If we're only looking at the first half, the 30-34 yard range seems intriguing given the Browns are likely to break at least one play, either through the air or on the ground.
#6 Most receiving yards in the third quarter?
This could finally be a chance to lean toward the Giants' side of things, given the likelihood that they'll come out of the break looking to erase a deficit. Shepard leads their trio of aerial, averaging 46.2 yards per game, while Engram racked up 129 yards receiving three games ago against the Bengals. It's tough to know exactly who McCoy (or possibly Jones) will most rely on, but Shepard poses more of a deep threat and if only looking at the third quarter, one long ball might be just enough to win this particular race.
#7 Winner? Margin of victory?
Cleveland Browns or New York Giants?
1-2, 3, 4-5, 6, 7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13, 14, 15-16, 17-18, 19-20, 21+
The Giants would have a tough time keeping pace at home even without injury issues at quarterback, but with McCoy likely to start it becomes an increasingly uphill battle. The Browns will be out for blood after losing a critical divisional battle against the Ravens, and a win against the Giants will bring a playoff berth within reach. McCoy will try to manage the game for the home squad, but it won't be enough if the Browns Offense performs even close to expectations. Book Baker and the boys for a 31-13 home win.