Week 15: New York Giants at Baltimore Ravens
Sunday December 23, 2012 4:35 PM
Line: Ravens -2.5 O/U 46
Man that was PAINFUL. We all had a thought it would be bad, but who could have known it would be that bad. The injury situation has grown to apocalyptic levels and there is an absence of hope across Ravens nation. Yes the team is playoff bound but the wailing and gnashing of teeth rings forth In Perpetuam. The Ravens absolutely must win this game against the Giants. For the division. For the hope of us all. With that in mind, let’s take a look at this week’s keys to the game.
Baltimore Gridiron Report Keys to the Game
1st and Ten: Make Eli be Eli
The number one advantage that the Ravens have over Eli Manning is his loathsome inconsistency. The Ravens have got to get in his face, get after him, and force him to do what he so often does. Throw the game away.
Pass rush will be of utmost importance. With Ahmad Bradshaw likely sidelined, and the Ravens secondary known to be pourus, Eli will likely look to stretch the field with his considerable arm strength. The Ravens have to get after him and get him on his back. This is one of the lightest sacking teams in the NFL, that must change here.
2nd and Long: Make it Rain Noise
This is the time for the Ravens nation to play its role. It must come fired up with as much Christmas cheer as it can muster and make things damn difficult on the Giants offensive line. Make it loud and Eli will struggle. If you look at some of his bad losses they’ve all come when Manning struggles to hear and struggles to get a rhythm with his line.
To those of you going to the game, get loud! You wont need your voice for a full two days after this game so spare no quarter. I know I won’t. I plan to be spitting blood from hoarseness.
3rd and Short: Run Run Run
Winning this game starts with running the ball effectively. The Giants and the Ravens are very similar on defense this season. Both are perennial powers, and to date both have struggled badly this season with injuries and with inconsistent play. The Ravens have to exploit their advantage by running the ball effectively with Ray Rice. For those hoping for a healthy dose of both Rice and Pierce, well that’s not going to happen. Bernard is hurt. That means it’s up to Ray to win this game. He will be the Ravens.
4th Down: Shake up the Line
Although there is no way in hell that John Harbaugh is going to take heed of my warning here, he must shake up the Offensive Line. Although Justin Tuck is likely not to play that does not mean that Michael Oher shouldn’t be moved to Right Tackle, Bryant McKinnie to left, and Kelechi Osemele to right guard. The Ravens have got to abandon their stubbornness and try whatever it takes to win this game. Oher is not the answer right now. He simply lacks the natural ability to make it work against superior pass rush.
Put the team in the best possible situation to win this game. Don’t hold anything back now.
Extra Point: Keep Praying
The Ravens are very much up against the wall. Make no bones about it, if they lose this game it’s likely they lose the division. Cincy and Pitt are right on their heels and next week is all that’s left. They cannot allow the fate of a road test or a home test to ride on the outcome of one week 17 game against a bitter division rival.
Pray for us sinners and non believers in the Ravens army, pray for Christmas miracle, pray for the Giants team bus to explode in flames. Do whatever you must to help deliver us a victory.
Jonathon Scruggs (9-5)
I predict coal for Christmas.
Giants 31 – Ravens 24
Matt Jergensen (10-4)
The Offensive line will only improve this week if Marshall Yanda can suit up. He’s questionable, which is exactly my feeling about the Ravens chances for a win this afternoon. I still have too many questions about the direction of the offense and the defense is too banged up to make a difference.
Giants 24 – Ravens 21
Gene Winner (12-2)
While the NY Giants are a formidable opponent, they too have been inconsistent. At home I think the Ravens bounce back after the three game skid. I expect Flacco has been ‘coached up’ to protect the football and limit turnovers, a big factor contributing to these recent losses
Ravens 27 – Giants 23
Ben Zinman (10-4)
Flacco needs to protect the football and make plays. If the D can perform like last week the Ravens will win
Ravens 27 – Giants 21