CLEVELAND — Like pushing on an open door, the Giants handled the still-winless Cleveland Browns on Sunday afternoon, with wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. overcoming a thumb injury to catch six passes for 96 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-13 victory, the Giants’ sixth straight win.
The Giants improved to 8-3. They are 2-1 in the N.F.C. East, in which they trail the league-leading Dallas Cowboys (10-1) by two games and are more than a game ahead of the Washington Redskins (6-4-1). They travel to face the Pittsburgh Steelers (6-5) next Sunday.
The Browns continued their run into the wrong history books, dropping to 0-12, with a league-worst point differential of minus 155. Should they lose their final four games, they will join the 2008 Detroit Lions as the only 0-16 teams in N.F.L. history.
Both teams’ offenses started extremely slowly, with the first seven drives ending in punts. The Giants took advantage of Browns running back Isaiah Crowell’s fumble on Cleveland’s 25-yard-line midway through the second quarter to score their first touchdown on a 13-yard fade to the left corner of the end zone to wide receiver Dwayne Harris, who made his first catch of the season.
But soon, the Giants’ Bobby Rainey, handling return duties ordinarily reserved for Harris, muffed a punt, turning the ball over to the Browns on the…