Ravens vs. Giants Pick
Can the New York Giants and Baltimore Ravens cure their offensive troubles when they meet up this Sunday at 1PM ET?
According to the oddsmakers at BetDSI, the Giants are the slight favorite at home on Sunday, as they are getting odds of -3 points against the Ravens. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 43.5 points. Baltimore has won and covered the spread in four of the last five against the Giants and these two are 3-1-1 with the over in their five meetings.
The Giants are on the 3-game losing streak now to fall to 2-3 on the year. The Giants have struggled on offense the past few weeks and are now averaging just 17.8 points and 360.6 yards per game on offense. The run game is only producing 83.6 yards per game on the year as injuries have hurt the position but Rashad Jennings may be able to return from a thumb injury this week. That would help Eli Manning, who has not been able to be as effective as he would like. He has thrown for 1,385 yards and has four interceptions with just five touchdowns. The lack of scoring is getting to Odell Beckham Jr., who has just one touchdown this year. Defensively, New York is giving up 21.6 points and 364.2 yards per game. The Giants have been decent up front, giving up just 96.6 rushing yards per game. However, the unit needs a strong pass rush, as they have just four sacks in 2016. Jason Pierre-Paul is questionable to play this week with a groin injury. Not having home will lessen the pass rush even further.
After a 3-0 start, the Ravens have lost their last two games, falling to the Redskins 16-10 last week at home. Baltimore is now 3-2 on the season and 3-2 with the under. Baltimore has one of the top defensive units in the NFL, as they are giving up just 17.6 points and 280.8 yards per game. The unit has 10 sacks, 17 pass deflections and six interceptions on the year. When it comes to offense, Baltimore is putting up only 18.8 points and 355.4 yards per game this season. The run game is somewhat lacking, but the team is hoping Terrance West can emerge as the clear starting back. He has 327 yards on the year. Joe Flacco has thrown for 1,282 yards and five touchdowns, but also has four interceptions.
This matchup features two defenses that have been pretty good. The Giants may give up more points, but it’s due to some issues with the New York offense. Baltimore hasn’t been giving up much of anything this season and I don’t think the Giants will pose any sort of challenge that they haven’t seen already. The Ravens offense is just a little too simple even for the Giants to struggle with. The team may have changed the OC this week, but I don’t see it curing all the problems.
NFL WEEK 6 PICK: RAVENS/GIANTS UNDER 43.5