Both teams enter with a four game winning streak.
The Giants average 168 yards on the ground. They are tops in the NFL.
The Ravens defense only gives up 65 rushing yards a game. They are the best in the pros.
It’s the classic case of the irresistible force meeting the immovable object. On Sunday, something will have to give.
Baltimore is continuing to ride of the wave of solid play from the quarterback Joe Flacco, who has no interceptions in his last 111, passes. Even if Flacco is passing a bit more they still love to use their three-headed monster in the backfield of Willis McGahee, Le’Ron McClain, and Ray Rice to punish the opposition. Finally the Ravens defense continues to play at a high level with several starters, especially in the secondary out for the year.
New York is almost a mirror image of their opponent’s blueprint for success. They boast their own rushing hydra known as “Earth, Wind, and Fire” in Brandon Jacobs, Derrick Ward, and Ahmad Bradshaw. Eli Manning has seemingly found his niche and has cut down significantly on his miscues from last season. And not to be outdone the Giants defense remains one of the toughest in the league that can generate a fantastic pass rush with it’s front four.
Simply put this game matches up to be a war. The game will truly be won in the trenches and the squad that controls the line, controls the ball and therefore controls the game. Field position will be critical as well as the turnover battle. The Giants will try and run because they need to and Eli Manning will need to make plays in the passing game for the offense to move the chains. On the flip the side, the Ravens will need some quick passes to soften up the Giants but they too will need to run the ball with effectiveness. In a game that matches up such solid defenses you can expect production to fall somewhere in the middle.
So far this season Baltimore has shown an ability to play well on the road, something that has been problematic in the past. However Joe Flacco may be without his favorite target Derrick Mason this Sunday as he suffered a separated shoulder and was limited all week in practice. He will be a game time decision. If that is the case Todd Heap and Mark Clayton will need to have big games for them to have a chance. I’ve loved what I’ve seen from them so far but the game is in New York so that’s which way it will fall.
New York 21 Baltimore 17