New York Giants vs Baltimore Ravens

 

Baltimore will be looking to continue its playoff push when it hosts New York on Sunday afternoon. The Ravens are on a three-game winning streak and are just one game back of a Wild Card spot. New York is coming off a pair of blowout losses and its playoff hopes are dwindling.

Giants playoff chances slipping away

New York started the season 0-5, but an improbable surge coupled with bad play from other NFC East teams meant the playoffs became a real possibility. The Giants took the lead in the division, but they have now lost back-to-back games and are tied with Dallas for second place in the NFC East. Washington is up one game on both teams in the standings. The Giants have really struggled offensively in a blowout loss to Arizona and Cleveland over the last two weeks, scoring just 13 combined points. They are expected to be without wide receiver Golden Tate in this game due to a calf injury.

It has been a bad offensive team all year, though. The Giants are only averaging 17.4 points per game, which puts them ahead of only the Jets in the NFL. They have only thrown for 185.4 yards per game. Starting quarterback Daniel Jones is expected to be back for this game after missing last week due to an ankle injury. Jones has completed 62.6 percent of his passes this season. He has one of the worst touchdown-to-interception ratios among starting quarterbacks at 8-to-9. Running back Wayne Gallman leads the rushing attack with 130 carries for 590 yards and six touchdowns. Darius Slayton has been the top target in the passing game, catching 46 passes for 703 yards and three scores.

Ravens surging

Baltimore has turned things around after a three-game losing skid left fans wondering if the magic was over. The Ravens have picked up consecutive wins against Dallas, Cleveland and Jacksonville. They are one game out of the Wild Card standings, so this is a crucial game. Baltimore comes into this contest leading the league in rushing yards with 172.7 per contest. This should be a nice challenge, as the Giants have a run defense that has been good throughout the year. They have allowed the sixth-fewest rushing yards and have only allowed 12 rushing touchdowns.

Quarterback Lamar Jackson does not have the numbers that he had last season, but he has accounted for 10 touchdowns over the last three games. He has thrown for six scores and rushed for four more. The offense has really caught fire as a whole during that stretch, averaging 40.3 points per game. Jackson has completed 64.8 percent of his passes this season and has a touchdown-to-interception ratio of 21-to-8. He is the team’s leading rusher with 828 yards on 135 carries. Running back Gus Edwards has added 117 attempts for 578 yards and six touchdowns. Wide receiver Marquise Brown leads the team with 49 catches for 703 yards and five scores.