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SERIES HISTORY

The Giants won their last two and six of their last seven games against the Browns dating back to 1991. The teams last met on Nov. 27, 2016, when three Eli Manning touchdown passes keyed a 27-13 victory. The Giants and Browns most recently met in New Jersey on Oct. 7, 2012, when the home team overcame an early 14-0 deficit and rallied to win, 41-27. Manning threw three touchdown passes, all to Victor Cruz. From 1950-69, the Giants and Browns had one of the NFL's greatest rivalries, playing each other twice each season (except for 1968). Since the Browns moved to the AFC in the 1970 merger, they have played each other only 10 times (the Giants own a 6-4 advantage).

LAST TIME OUT

The Giants' four-game winning streak came to an end with a 26-7 loss at home to the Arizona Cardinals, dropping them to 5-8 on the season. The Browns (9-4) lost to the Baltimore Ravens 47-42 on Monday night after Justin Tucker kicked the go-ahead field goal with two seconds remaining in the game.

DANIEL JONES QUESTIONABLE; INJURY REPORT

In addition to the existing hamstring injury, quarterback Daniel Jones suffered an ankle injury in last week's game and is listed as questionable heading into Sunday night. Tight ends Evan Engram (calf) and Kaden Smith are also questionable; rookie cornerback Darnay Holmes (knee) has been ruled out.

JASON GARRETT TESTS POSITIVE; FREDDIE KITCHENS TO CALL PLAYS

Offensive coordinator Jason Garrett tested positive for COVID-19 and will not attend Sunday night's game in MetLife Stadium. Tight ends coach Freddie Kitchens, who was the Browns' head coach in 2019, will serve as the team's offensive play caller.

COLT MCCOY ON STANDBY

Just like he has for the past two weeks, backup quarterback Colt McCoy awaits the final decision on Jones. McCoy started his first game in more than a year when he helped the Giants defeat the Seahawks in Week 13. It will also be his first game against the Browns, who drafted the Texas legend in the third round in 2010.

JAMES BRADBERRY OUT

Cornerback James Bradberry's Pro Bowl campaign has been put on pause after the Giants placed him on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. Bradberry was placed on the list because he was deemed to be a high-risk close contact of an individual who has tested positive. The contact did not occur at the Giants facility and the individual is not a member of the organization.

Bradberry will remain isolated from the team and continue to participate in meetings remotely. Given the timing of the close contact, Bradberry will miss Sunday night's game against Cleveland. If he continues to test negatively and has no symptoms, he would come off the reserve list on Monday.

GETTING BACK ON TRACK

The Giants rushed for 78 yards in their loss to Arizona. During their four-game winning streak, they averaged 162.3 rushing yards per game.

STOPPING THE RUN

The Giants have made it clear that stopping the run is the top priority against the Browns, who average the third-most rushing yards per game in the NFL (156.2). Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt each have more than 750 yards on the ground, with the former racking up 11 rushing touchdowns so far.

FROM ONE HEISMAN TO ANOTHER

A week after facing Kyler Murray and the Cardinals, the Giants face another Heisman Trophy winner and No. 1 overall pick out of Oklahoma in Baker Mayfield. Mayfield has a career-high 96.6 passer rating through 13 starts with 23 touchdown passes to just eight interceptions.

PEP FACES FORMER TEAM

Sunday night will also be the first time safety and special teams co-captain Jabrill Peppers faces his former team. The Cleveland Browns drafted the do-it-all Michigan product with the 25th overall pick in 2017. He has already doubled his previous career-high of passes defensed. He also has a personal-best eight tackles for loss.

View rare photos of the storied history between the Giants and Browns ahead of their preseason matchup.

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