New York is coming off a drubbing of its own, as it was manhandled by the Atlanta Falcons in the Georgia Dome last Sunday.
With major playoff implications on the line, fans should see some of the best these playoff-hungry teams have to offer.
Here's all the information for Sunday's game.
Where: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD
When: Sunday, Dec. 23 at 4:25 p.m. ET
Live Stream: NFL Game Rewind
Betting Line: Ravens (+1) via Bet Online Over/Under: 47.5 (Bet Online)
With their backs against the wall, I'm going with the G-Men.
Tom Coughlin and Co. know they need a win to keep their playoff hopes alive, and I think they get it against a shaky Baltimore defense.
The Ravens have lost three in a row and don't have the mental toughness to overcome New York.
As far as the over/under, I'm going with the under.
Neither offense is playing with great consistency, and Bovada tells us that the total has gone under in eight of the Giants' last nine games on the road.
What's at Stake?
There's a lot riding on this game for both teams.
If the Ravens win, they clinch the AFC North and assure themselves a playoff spot.
Giants Injury Report (via USA Today)
RB Ahmad Bradshaw—Knee—PRB
G Chris Snee—Hip—QST
CB Prince Amukamara—Hamstring—QST
S Kenny Phillips—Knee—QST
USA Today lists Phillips as questionable, but the New York Daily News' Ralph Vacchiano tweets that Phillips will play against the Ravens:
Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) December 18, 2012
Ravens Injury Report
Fantasy Start 'Em, Sit 'Em and Sleeper
Start 'Em: Ahmad Bradshaw
Bradshaw is expected to play on Sunday (h/t ESPN) and should be a huge factor for the G-Men.
Baltimore is No. 26 against the rush and has allowed 14 rushing TDs, which ranks tied for 26th in the league.
The Ravens defense has been gashed by opposing running backs the past two weeks, as Knowshon Moreno and Alfred Morris each rushed for more than 100 yards and a touchdown.
As long as Bradshaw is feeling good, he should be in for a solid day at Baltimore.
Sit 'Em: Torrey Smith
Smith has basically fallen off since his two-touchdown campaign in Week 10 against the Oakland Raiders.
In fact, he hasn't scored a touchdown since that game and has gone over 100 yards just once since then.
New York's secondary certainly isn't anything to brag about—this move is more about the lack of production from the 23-year-old wideout.
ESPN's John Clayton also reports that Smith left Week 15's game with a concussion and is still questionable for this weekend, giving owners all the more reason to sit Smith.
Sleeper: Dennis Pitta
Dennis Pitta is emerging as one of the best tight ends in the NFL, as evidenced by his seven receptions, 125 yards and two touchdowns in Week 15 against the Denver Broncos.
He's scored a touchdown in four of his last six games and is projected as a top-10 tight end in Week 16, according to ESPN.
It seems Pitta produces more and more each week, making him your sleeper for Week 16.
What They're Saying
ESPN New York's Ohm Youngmisuk dropped this tweet regarding the G-Men's attitude heading into Week 16:
Listening to Rolle, Phillips on radio, sounds like players want to be more energetic, spirited + display energetic I'll pick you up attitude— Ohm Youngmisuk (@NotoriousOHM) December 18, 2012
ESPN's Numbers Never Lie fills us in on Baltimore's success when utilizing Ray Rice:
Hey diddle diddle, Ray up the middle! The Ravens are 17-2 when @rayrice27 has MORE THAN 20 carries in a game.— Numbers Never Lie (@ESPN_Numbers) December 18, 2012
Giants Player to Watch: Jason Pierre-Paul
It's time that JPP makes his mark on a game this season.
Pierre-Paul hasn't recorded a sack since Week 9 against the Steelers and has just 6.5 sacks the entire season.
If New York is going to make a playoff push, the play of the defensive line—more importantly Pierre-Paul—is the key to the Giants' success.
Even if he doesn't record a sack, Pierre-Paul needs to be relentless and draw coverage so that Osi Umenyiora and Justin Tuck can attack Flacco.
Ravens Player to Watch: Ray Rice
You saw the statistic above from ESPN's Numbers Never Lie.
The Ravens have a great deal of success when they use Rice correctly, but as we've seen in the past, Baltimore doesn't always employ Rice to his fullest potential.
The G-Men rank 22nd against the rush, and given Rice's abilities in the passing game, he'll have a great opportunity to make a difference for the Ravens on Sunday.
But that's only if he sees a steady dose of carries.
Key Matchup: Eli Manning vs. Ravens Defense
Manning carried the Giants offense through the playoffs last season, and he's going to have to do it again this year for New York to make a run.
There's no doubt Manning isn't playing like he did last season—he's been largely inconsistent and prone to making mistakes—but if he can catch fire against Baltimore, it would do wonders for Big Blue.
The Ravens rank 22nd against the pass but are stingy in the end zone, allowing just 13 touchdowns through the air.
If New York is going to win on Sunday, Manning has to play up to his potential.
Prediction: Giants 27, Ravens 20
This is a must-win for the G-Men, and I think they respond following the dismantling in Atlanta.
Look for Bradshaw to have a big impact for New York and for Manning to get into a rhythm with his receivers to the tune of two TD passes.
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