On Sunday, the Giants will try to pull off a major upset to keep their playoff hopes alive. Our game analysis and predictions for the Giants vs Ravens for Week 16 are down below.
Giants vs Ravens – Game Analysis
New York: Huge Underdogs
The Ravens are 10.5-point favorites over the Giants. This is the largest spread of Week 16 picks, which puts New York as one of the biggest underdogs heading into the matchup. The odds could change if Daniel Jones returns to action. The second-year starter has been out with a hamstring injury, which has forced backup quarterback Colt McCoy to suit up. Jones has practiced all this week but has received no clearance from the coaching staff that he will start. He will be a game-time decision.
Giants vs Ravens – Can The NY Giants Stop This Offense?
The Baltimore Ravens are a middle-tier team when it comes to yards per game, but the team maximizes their time on the field. The Ravens ranked sixth in the league in points-per-game (28.6). Can the Giants find a way to stop the former MVP Lamar Jackson and this highly potent offense? There’s a chance that the defense could do that.
The team defense ranks 12th in the league in yards allowed per game, which includes sixth overall in rushing defense. The Giants might be major underdogs but have a strong rush defense which will neutralize Jackson on the ground. It will force Jackson to throw the ball more and that will give the team more of a chance. Jackson ranks below Jones by one yard on the overall passing leaders and 23rd in the NFL.
New York Needs Points
The franchise has failed to surpass 20 points in its last four games. That includes a combined 13 points during their two-game losing streak. Granted, playing with a backup quarterback and having no Saquon Barkley all year hurts, but the team will stand no chance if they can’t find the endzone. The Giants have the second-worst offense in the league, averaging 17.4 points per game. The only team worse is the New York Jets.
NY Giants vs Ravens Predictions
Giants Score First Touchdown
Let’s start with a bold NFL prediction first. New York is going to lead 7-0 in the first quarter and score the very first touchdown. The team will score on their first drive with Jones back healthy and it will be Jones that runs the football in himself. That will give the team plenty of momentum and hype up the defense.
Lamar Jackson Does Not Score
Over the last three games, Jackson has rushed four times in the endzone. His rushing touchdown speed stops on Week 16. In order to defy their status in the picks, the Giants defense will stand true to their defensive ranking and force Jackson to throw the ball.
Ravens Win by Two Touchdowns
In the end, the Ravens are the better team. While it was great the G-Men got to hold on to first place in the NFC East for a brief time, it was just a teaser. The Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Football Team, and Dallas Cowboys all have easier schedules these last two weeks. The Ravens are legit playoff contenders and have better talent on paper. The final score of this game will be 31-17.