Giants vs. Ravens: Spread Info, Line and Predictions

Pete Schauer@@Pete_SchauerCorrespondent IDecember 21, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 09:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants looks to pass against the New Orleans Saints during their game at MetLife Stadium on December 9, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Immense playoff implications will be on the line this Sunday when the New York Giants (8-6) travel to Baltimore to take on the 9-5 Ravens.

Both teams are coming off losses, as Baltimore was beaten by the Denver Broncos and the G-Men were crushed by the Atlanta Falcons.

A win for the Ravens will clinch the AFC North.

A victory for the Giants and they're one step closer to assuring themselves of a playoff seed.

Here's your guide for this matchup.

Where: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD

When: Sunday, Dec. 23 at 4:25 p.m. ET

Watch: Fox

Live Stream: NFL Game Rewind

Spread: Ravens (+1) via Bet Online

I'm going with the Giants here.

New York plays its best football when its backs are against the wall, and needing a win on Sunday to keep its playoff hopes alive, the G-Men's backs are certainly against the wall.

Baltimore has lost three in a row, and I like that trend to continue against Big Blue.

Over/Under: 47.5 (Bet Online)

That's a fair amount of points and I think the under is the route to go here.

According to Bovada, the total has gone under in eight of the Giants' last nine road games, and neither offense is exactly rolling right now.

Take the under.

Key Injuries (via USA Today)


WR Hakeem Nicks—Knee—PRB

RB Ahmad Bradshaw—Knee—QST

C David Bass—Shoulder—QST

DE Justin Tuck—Shoulder—QST

G Chris Snee—Hip—QST

CB Prince Amukamara—Hamstring—QST

S Kenny Phillips—Knee—QST

The New York Daily News' Ralph Vacchiano provides further updates on some crucial G-Men for this weekend, tweeting:

Coughlin is hopeful that RB Ahmad Bradshaw, C David Baas, G Chris Snee and DE Justin Tuck will all practice tomorrow. #NYG

— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) December 20, 2012


LB Terrell Suggs—Bicep—PRB

WR Torrey Smith—Concussion—QST

LB Ray Lewis—Tricep—QST

Fantasy Big Plays

Giants: Ahmad Bradshaw/David Wilson

Whoever starts at RB for the G-Men is going to be your best fantasy option on Sunday.

The Ravens rush defense is pretty weak, allowing the 26th-most rushing yards in the NFL and 14 scores on the ground.

While Bradshaw would likely be the better option if he's healthy, there's always the chance for extra points with Wilson in the kick return game.

Either way, you should be comfortable starting whoever gets the start in the backfield for New York.

Ravens: Ray Rice

Although it may not look like it at times, Ray Rice is (or should be) the focal point of the Ravens offense, especially against New York.

The Giants rank No. 22 against the rush, surrendering more than 123 YPG.

Rice can hurt his opponents on the ground and in the passing game, as evident by his 1,000-plus rushing yards and nine rushing touchdowns and his 55 receptions.

Rice is your man in Week 16.

Key to Giants Win: Shut Down Ray Rice

Joe Flacco isn't going to beat the Giants through the air.

New York has certainly been susceptible to the big play over the top, but its defense usually turns it up when it matters.

Baltimore should be looking to beat the Giants on the ground with Rice. If Big Blue's front four get a good push and their linebackers make tackles, they should be able to shut Rice down and force Flacco to make plays.

With the G-Men defense ranking third in the league in interceptions, I like their chances against Flacco and the Ravens.

Key to Ravens Win: Defense, Defense, Defense

Baltimore's defense has undergone a slew of injuries this season and its shown.

The Ravens have surrendered at least 23 points in each of their last three games, including 31 to Washington in Week 13 and 34 to Denver in Week 15.

Against a sometimes potent offense like the Giants, the Ravens have to be at their best defensively in order to win this game and clinch the AFC North.

Prediction: Giants 27, Ravens 20

It's not a dominant performance by any means, but Manning and the Giants find a way to win on the road.

Jason Pierre-Paul steps up and gets his hands on Flacco and New York's defense holds Rice and the Ravens down.

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