Bradshaw, Cruz Lead Giants Past Cleveland, 41-27
John Fennelly , Executive Editor
Ahmad Bradshaw ran for 200 yards and Victor Cruz caught three touchdown passes as the Giants (3-2) sailed past the mistake-prone Cleveland Browns (0-5) at MetLife Stadium this afternoon, 41-27.
The Giants overcame some early rust after Bradshaw’s fumble on the first play of the game helped put the Giants in a 7-0 hole. The Browns went up, 14-0, shortly after on a 62-yard TD pass from 28 year-old rookie QB Brandon Weeden to WR Josh Gordon.
It was all Giants after that. QB Eli Manning (25/37, 259 yds and 3 TDs) led a balanced offense that featured a ton of Bradshaw (30 carries for 200 yards and 4 catches for 29 more), a little of Cruz (five receptions for 50 yards and 3 TDs) and solid performances by the team’s top two draft picks: WR Rueben Randle and RB David Wilson.
Randle had six receptions for 82 yards. Wilson scored his first NFL touchdown on a 40 yard scamper in the 4th quarter to ice the game for the Giants.
TE Martellus Bennett (3 catches, 30 yards) left the game with a knee injury. He returned in the second half (obviously still feeling the effects) but toughed it out.
RB Andre Brown was treated for concussion-like symptoms after getting slammed to the turf on a kickoff return. He stayed in the locker room for the remainder of the game but tweeted that “everything is ok.”
The Giants defense did not have a sack on Weeden. Chase Blackburn and Stevie Brown had INTs, though. Brown also had a fumble recovery on special teams.
Corey Webster, playing with one hand in a cast, had eight tackles.
Bradshaw’s 200 is the most in a game by a Giant since Derrick Ward had 215 vs. Carolina on Dec. 21, 2008
The victory was Tom Coughlin’s 77th as Giant coach, tying him for second with Bill Parcells in regular season wins.
Cruz’ 3 receiving TDs were the most in a game since Hakeem Nicks caught three vs. Carolina Sept. 12, 2010.