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Sunday Oct 16, 1:00 PM - Ravens at Giants

Giants (4-1) Ravens (3-2)
Last Sunday night a 58-yard field goal gave the Ravens a 3 point lead over the Cincinnati Bengals. They fell behind late in the fourth quarter and this time, a 43-yard field goal on the final play of the game gave them a 19-17 win.
The Giants were in London playing their early morning Sunday game with the Green Bay Packers. They were the underdogs going in, but overcame early struggles, and finished up with a 27-22 win.

Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens were in the playoffs in three of the last four years, winning the AFC North division title in two of them. They were off to a nice 8-3 start last year when they lost their final six games. It didn't help that quarterback Lamar Jackson suffered a season ending ankle injury during that stretch. Currently, they lead the division with their 3-2 record, over the Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals, and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Baltimore Ravens Offense
Quarterback Lamar Jackson is a dual threat. He has finished either first or second in carries and rushing yards in all four seasons with the team. That includes his 2018 rookie year, when he took over as a starter after Joe Flacco was injured, and went on to lead the team to wins in six of the last seven games. Jackson was inactive for five games due to an ankle injury, and still was the teams rushing leader. Currently Jackson leads the team with 374 rushing yards on 49 carries, giving him an average of 7.6 yards a carry.
Running backs Justice Hill and J.K. Dobbins have a total of 47 carries for 233 yards.
If you consider that Jackson has more rushing yards than his top two running backs combined, and that as a quarterback he throws all the passes, he's as close to a one man team as you could get. Jackson has completed 95 passes for 1067 yards, 12 touchdowns, and 5 interceptions. Tight end Mark Andrews with 32 catches for 349 yards and 4 touchdowns, is currently the leading receiver, just as he was last year. Andrews with 21 first down catches, has more than the top two wideouts, Rashod Bateman and Devin Duvernay combined. They have 28 catches for 469 yards, 5 touchdowns, and 16 first downs.

Baltimore Ravens Defense
They finished up last year ranking dead last in the NFL in passing defense (yards), and in the bottom third in sacks and interceptions. Much of this was due to an inordinate number of injuries. They also dropped in one major area. Points allowed over the last four years had them in 2nd place, 3rd place, 2nd place, and then 19th place. All this could be one of the factors leading to Wink Martindale becoming available for the Giants after being the defensive coordinator for the Ravens for those years.
Once again, the Ravens were hit with injuries to the defensive unit. After three weeks, nose tackle Michael Pierce, outside linebacker Steven Means, and cornerback Kyle Fuller, were three defensive players to suffer season ending injuries. Outside linebacker Tyus Bowser led the team in sacks last year, but suffered a torn Achilles during the final game. He and rookie David Ojabo returned to practice just this week for the first time this season.
Safety Marcus Williams was placed on injured reserve this week. Linebacker Justin Houston has missed a few games, and will still be out for this one. Jason Pierre-Paul, a first-round pick for the Giants in 2010, spent the past four seasons with Tampa Bay. Pierre-Paul was limited to 2.5 sacks in 12 games, the first time since 2015 that he did not have at least 7 sacks. He underwent shoulder surgery in February, and recently signed a one year contract with the Ravens. In two games Pierre-Paul has a sack, a quarterback hit, a tackle for loss, and two passes defensed.

NY Giants Offense
The Ravens know all about Sauqon Barkley, who has 533 yards rushing to rank second in the league, and 676 yards from scrimmage, putting him on top in the NFL. What about Daniel Jones and the running game, and what will he be able to do in that area this week? Coming off an injury, last Sunday Jones ran just once in the first half for 3 yards, but in the second, he trusted his legs more, and ran 9 times for 34 yards. As for passing, Jones threw for only 217 yards, but that was his season high, and he completed over 77 percent of his passes with no turnovers.
The Giants are playing smart, using their tight ends for added pass protection. Jones hasn't had a lot to work with, as the availability of his key wide receivers has been lacking. Tight ends and running backs have accounted for about 40 percent of his completions. Last week Darius Slayton came up big in London, catching six of seven passes for 79 yards. Rookie receiver Wan'Dale Robinson looks to be back this week, and with the Ravens being weak with their pass defense, it couldn't come at a better time.

Giants Defense
It would seem pretty straight forward for a defense to plan against the Ravens. Don't let Lamar Jackson run, and limit completions to tight end Mark Andrews. Last week the Cincinnati Bengals held Jackson to his second lowest rushing yards and completion percentage, but 8 of his 19 completions went to Andrews for 89 yards, and the only touchdown they scored in the game. The Giants secondary will have to be on their toes, especially safety Xavier McKinney. Defensive coordinator Wink Martindale has faced Baltimore quarterback Jackson numerous times in practice over four years, as well as a number of players and the formations the Ravens like to use.
That could go a long way for the Giants, and Martindale knows one of his favorite ploys, using the blitz, won't be as effective against Jackson, who has the most touchdown passes, and highest passer rating, among quarterbacks against the blitz. Jackson has thrown 12 touchdowns, and 7 of them have been against the blitz. He has thrown 5 interceptions, and only three other starting quarterbacks have thrown more than that. Can the Giants get their first one of the season? Defensive lineman Leonard Williams, has been out the last few games, and is listed as questionable for this one, but his potential return could be a big one for the Giants in this game.

Once again the Giants are the underdogs, up against Baltimore. The Ravens two losses have come against the Miami Dolphins (3-2) and the Buffalo Bills (4-1), by a combined total of just seven points. There are a lot of factors in play for both the Giants and Ravens as far as health issues are concerned, and that could make the difference for the Giants pulling off another upset.

NFC East Games
Thursday at 8:15pm Commanders (1-4) at Bears (2-3). |  Commanders 12 - Bears 7.
Sunday at 1:00pm Ravens (3-2) at Giants (4-1).
Sunday at 8:20pm Cowboys (4-1) at Eagles (5-0).
The Eagles are the only NFC East team favored to win in these games.
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