We know that the Ravens need help to get into the postseason, but they also need to continue to take care of their own business. Next up are the New York Football Giants on Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium.
RSR staff predict what we’ll see here:
— The Ravens continue their playoff march against the New York Giants, a team they are not underestimating despite their 5-9 record.
— While the Giants struggle to move the ball with the league’s 31st-ranked offense, the defense has been stout, especially against the run. New York is ranked sixth, allowing both 101.8 yards per game and 3.9 yards per carry. The Giants have only allowed one player to eclipse 100 yards (Pittsburgh running back Benny Snell Jr.). Baltimore, however, should be able to eclipse the 100-yard mark behind Lamar Jackson, Gus Edwards, and J.K. Dobbins, who have been able to wear teams down in the third and fourth quarters.
— Hollywood Brown missed practice with a knee injury this week. If he cannot play or is hampered, look for Dez Bryant to play a bigger role after catching a touchdown pass last week against the Jaguars.
— The Giants will play conservatively on offense to attempt to keep the Ravens off the field. Daniel Jones (2,463 yards passing, eight touchdowns, nine interceptions) could be back in the lineup after missing time with hamstring and ankle injuries. He’ll struggle against the Ravens’ front seven, especially with Calais Campbell back in the lineup.
— This game will stay close in the first half before the Ravens pull away. Baltimore has to win its final two games to make the playoffs and the players will be focused.
Ravens 30 Giants 14
The Ravens won’t be lulled into a false sense of security against a 5-9 team, and will again avoid the pitfall of playing down to their competition. Instead, they’ll thoroughly dominate an inferior squad for the second straight week. I’ll leave the stat predictions to our other contributors, and stick to a score – one that brings back Super Bowl XXXV memories.
Ravens 34 Giants 7
Squealers 24 Colts 23
Happy Festivus, Baltimore!
The Ravens will be facing a lackluster Giants offense without Saquon Barkley and likely without Daniel Jones. They currently have the 31st ranked offense. Their defense on the other hand will present some problems and is particularly good at stopping the run. However, the Ravens run game is unlike any other in the NFL. The Ravens will be treating this like a playoff game and it is certainly a must win.
– Lamar will continue his regained MVP form and pass for over 225 yards and two touchdowns. He will run for an additional 50 yards.
– J.K. Dobbins will also continue with his impressive play and run for 75 yards and a touchdown. He will average over six yards per carry.
– Dez Bryant won’t have many catches but one of them will count for another touchdown for the second week in a row.
– Hollywood will continue his hot streak with four catches for 85 yards but won’t reach the end zone.
– Mark Andrews will be the recipient of Lamar’s other touchdown pass.
– Yannick Ngakoue will continue where he left off with two sacks and one forced fumble.
– Marlon Humphrey will get closer to the forced fumble record with one more this week.
– Derek Wolfe will once again be the star of the defensive line wrecking the Giants offensive line. He will go without a sack but his presence will be felt in both the run and pass.
Ravens 31 Giants 13
I won’t mince words with my prediction: The Ravens keep the ball rolling against a Giants team that appears back on the downturn, continuing to put pressure on the Colts and Dolphins to maintain a playoff position.
– Against a poor Giants offense, Baltimore limits New York to just seven points and under 200 yards of offense. Patrick Queen has another strong game with a forced fumble, while DeShon Elliott snags an interception.
– Dez Bryant catches another touchdown this week against a familiar foe, but J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards steal the show as the Ravens have a get-in and get-out mentality at The Bank. Lamar Jackson plays game manager, Baltimore rushes for over 200 yards, dominating the clock and coasting to a win.
Ravens 27 Giants 7
Even though these two teams have mirrored records, this game is huge for both teams. The Giants sit one game behind the Redskins for the NFC East lead and the Ravens are jostling for one of the AFC wildcard spots.
The matchup to watch this week will be the Ravens’ top ranked rushing offense, against the sixth ranked rush defense. Over the past two years, we’ve seen the Ravens demoralize defenses across the NFL no matter how highly they were ranked and I think we’re going to see that again this week.
The Ravens have found their groove on offense. It’s unfortunate it took until this late in the season, but here we are. Baltimore will, once again, establish their ground game and run all over the Giants. I like Baltimore to win and cover easily.
Ravens 31 Giants 13
It’s hard not to think back to 2012 when the Ravens needed a win against the Giants in Week 16 to help secure a playoff berth. Here we are 8 seasons later hoping for a bit of that same magic.
The Giants are a physical team yet they lack the punch to threaten opponents. Given their lack of firepower and force across the offensive front, the Giants can quickly be forced into being a one-dimensional team. We can expect the same on Sunday at The Bank.
- The Ravens offense averages 172.7 YPG on the ground. The Giants will hold Lamar & Co. to 125.
- The Ravens will find some success by air. Look for Jackson to eclipse the 250 yard mark and fire 2 scoring strikes, one to Mark Andrews and a second to Pat Ricard.
- A defensive score is a lock this week as Tyus Bowser scoops up a Daniel Jones fumble off a strip sack from Matt Judon and takes it in for a score.
- The biggest nuisance for the Ravens will be provided by Evan Engram. He’ll snag 7 passes for 100+ yards including the Giants only touchdown on the day from 30+ yards out.
This one will be painful to watch but produce the necessary DUB!
Ravens 24, Giants 13