Baltimore is desperate need for a win, but it won’t come easy. Baltimore will play host to the Giants this Sunday riding a three game losing streak. They have already canned their offensive coordinator and have a list of injuries as long as can be. To make things worse, defensive leader Ray Lewis is not expected back before the end of the regular season now. Jameel McClain has already been ruled out for the season and Dannell Ellerbe hasn’t made it back to the field yet either. It isn’t all bad news though. Torrey Smith’s concussion is of the mild variety and will be playing. Bernard Pierce should also be playing, but it is unknown whether he will be on the field much.
The last time these two teams played the Giants ran all over the Ravens. This time around the Giants don’t have Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw is coming back from injury. The Giants do have David Wilson who is a talented rookie. Ball security plagued him early on, but injuries have forced him into the picture. He may be the most talented back in New York but has yet to prove himself. Eli Manning has been up and down all year, much like Joe Flacco. In fact, the two have extremely similar lines 14 games into the season. Unfortunately, both Quarterbacks have under-performed thus far. Of course average regular seasons have been common for Eli Manning. Late in the season and the postseason is typically when you see his best play so the Baltimore defense should expect the best from him.
The Giants need this game more than the Ravens do as they are still fighting for their playoff life. They are currently in a three way tie with the Redskins and Cowboys but do not hold the tie breaker over the Redskins. This game will be a huge factor in whether or not they sneak into the playoffs. The Bears and Seahawks are in control of the wild card spots so New York doesn’t have much room for error. That should mean they will be on their A game, but that was not what happened last week. They were absolutely demolished by the Falcons by a tune of 34-0. Matt Ryan shredded their pass defense as teams have done all season. They currently have the 28th pass defense in the league and haven’t fared much better against the run. While the defense has been injury plagued, the offense for Baltimore has mostly stayed intact. They need to take advantage of New Yorks porous secondary and keep it going all day.
Baltimore is the underdog in this game, which is pretty surprising considering they are at home. It shouldn’t come as a complete shock though after watching the Ravens the last three weeks. Both teams need this win pretty badly, so we should be in for a dog fight. Expect tempers to flare a bit and hope for Baltimore to regain their footing.