When the New York Giants beat the Dallas Cowboys in Week 9, they were a 7-2 team that looked like they were going to coast into the playoffs as the winners of the NFC East. However, they have gone just 2-4 since that point, and they are now on the wrong side of the postseason picture without control of their own destiny. They have to beat the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium if they want to still have a realistic chance to make it to the postseason.
What we have seen from the Giants though, is that they are at their best when all of the chips are in the center of the table and the most is on the line.
QB Eli Manning has been up and down all year long, but of late, he has been terrible. Arguably his worst game of the season came last week when he threw no touchdowns and two picks with just 161 yards against the Atlanta Falcons. It was the lowest of the lows for New York, which was shut out for the first time since 1996.
It also didn’t help last week that the team couldn’t figure out how to ever consistently get anything going on the ground. Take out a 20+ yard run by both RB Kregg Lumpkin and RB David Wilson, and as a team, New York averaged just 2.63 yards per carry. The good news is that RB Ahmad Bradshaw is expected to be back in the fold for this one after sitting out last week.
New York hasn’t had a fantastic history against the Ravens in the past, going just 3-4 SU and 2-5 ATS in the seven games against this franchise since 1985.
If you want to make your NFL picks on the Giants, you have to lay 2 ½-points on the road against Baltimore.