NFL Week 16: Giants vs. Ravens


Dec 2012

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New York Giants @ Baltimore Ravens Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012 4:25 p.m. ET

After losing four of the last six games, the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants have put their season and title defense hopes in serious jeopardy. New York has struggled to reclaim their dominance on both sides of the football as of late whether it be due to injuries or simply the lack of confidence, either way, the team may very well fail to clinch a playoff spot if they can’t come out on top in the final two weeks of the regular season. As if the Giants’ recent struggles weren’t bad enough to threaten the team’s chances of clinching a playoff spot in the NFC, the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins have pulled into a three-way tie with the defending champs for the division lead in the NFC East. As a result of the recent resurgence by Washington and Dallas, New York has been forced into a corner and may not be able to win the division title without winning both this weekend’s matchup against the Baltimore Ravens and next week’s showdown with the division rival Philadelphia Eagles. With that being said, the Giants are basically already in the playoffs in terms of win-or-go-home mentality. The last two games of the season will be must-win situations forcing the team to take a playoff-like approach to their matchups with the Ravens and Eagles. As for Baltimore, the Ravens have already clinched a playoff berth in the AFC, but have struggled as of late with three straight losses coming into this showdown with the defending Super Bowl champions. Fortunately for the Ravens, this game will be played at M&T Bank Stadium giving this team the slight edge to bounce back after awful performances over the last few weeks. Despite playing at home, the Ravens received some bad news on Saturday with superstar linebacker Ray Lewis forced to sit out the final two games of the regular season. Lewis was thought to have returned last week against the Denver Broncos, but continues to try and recover from the triceps tear sustained in the win over the Dallas Cowboys in Week 6. Coming into this game, Baltimore will be the underdogs at home with a +1 point spread. Even though the Giants are more than capable of pulling off this win on the road, I believe Baltimore will finally bounce back against New York.

Prediction: Ravens +1

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