The New York Giants and the Baltimore Ravens come in to this match-up in similar situations. While the Ravens have clinched a playoff spot and the Giants have not, both control their destinies. If the Ravens win out, they clinch the division. If the Giants win out, they will at least make the playoffs. Let’s take a look at three things took keep an eye on after you do your last minute Christmas shopping.
A Side Of Rice: Both defenses have had trouble stopping the run. The Giants have allowed over 100 yards rushing their past six games. The Ravens have given up 90 or more rushing yards the past four games. That means a lot of Ray Rice and Ahmad Bradshaw (if active) on Sunday. Both teams will need to run the ball and both teams should be able to the way the defenses have been playing of late
Not So Cool Joe: The Giants need to get after Joe Flacco. He’s not exceedingly mobile and the Giants defensive line, once probably the most feared in the league, has been anything but all year. Justin Tuck may not play in this one, but the rest of the line needs to pick up the slack.
Uh-OH Line?: David Baas and Chris Snee have yet to practice this week due to various injuries. If both miss the game, as well as Sean Locklear, who’s already done for the season, the Giants would be without three of their starting five offensive lineman. The Ravens D isn’t what it once was, however, they still have guys like Haloti Ngata who can be disruptive. The hope is that both end up playing, but it’s something to watch, especially moving forward.