Giants vs. Ravens NFL Week 16 Preview

By Andrew Lecointe
Daniel Shirey — US Presswire

What more is there to say about this game? This is a game both teams need to win. The New York Giants have their playoff hopes hanging in the balance. If the Giants lose this game, they can potentially be eliminated from playoff contention if everything else in the league goes wrong for them. The Giants are in control of their own destiny, so this is big.

The Baltimore Ravens are losers of three straight and two of those games were at home, where they had been invincible before. Now at 9-5, they need a win to keep pace with their AFC North lead. However, they simply need a win to build confidence. What better way to build confidence than to beat the defending champions, who will be desperate for a victory as well.

The Ravens are struggling offensively and that mainly stems from the play of Ravens’ QB Joe Flacco. This means the Giants will need to be more concerned with stacking the box because the Ravens will be looking to feed RB Ray Rice often. It is no secret throughout the league that the Ravens play their best football when they’re running the ball well and often.

The Giants’ defense has been inconsistent, just like their offense. Flacco has not shown the ability to make all kinds of throws. However, he is effective throwing the deep ball to WR Jacoby Jones and WR Torrey Smith. If the Giants get beat deep, they will most likely lose the game.

Giants’ QB Eli Manning needs to look no further than his own brother for a scouting report on the Ravens’ defense. QB Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos were able to easily handle the Ravens last week, as Manning had his way. It’s only right that Eli pick Peyton’s brain and try to understand tendencies from their defense. Last time this occurrence happened, Eli didn’t take advantage and was routed by the Cincinnati Bengals.

It’s time for the Giants to put up or shut up. Many analysts believe the Giants will win and are still dangerous. History means nothing at this point. However, I do believe the Giants are getting the Ravens at the right time. They should be able to win.

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