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Sunday Oct 16, 1:00 PM - Ravens at Giants

Giants (2-3) vs Ravens (3-2)
The Ravens lost for the second time in a row playing last Sunday against the Redskins. The Ravens scored an opening drive touchdown, but all they were able to add to that for the rest of the game was a field goal. Even with a strong defensive effort, they ended up with a 16-10 loss.
The Giants were able to get two interceptions off Aaron Rodgers, but it wasn't enough. After winning their first two games, they fell to the Packers 23-16, to take their third loss in a row.
Giants - Green Bay Wrap-Up

The Baltimore Ravens
They had 20 players placed on injured reserve and were able to win in only five games last year, but were off to a good start this season. The Ravens won the first three games against Buffalo, Cleveland and Jacksonville. Then they took a one point loss to the Raiders, and stumbled once again last week to the Redskins. Head coach John Harbaugh doesn't like to stumble for very long, and he took action right away. Harbaugh fired offensive coordinator Marc Trestman and replaced him with his quarterbacks coach, Marty Mornhinweg.
Looking back, in 2012 the Ravens fired Cam Cameron, replaced him with Jim Caldwell, and went on to win the Super Bowl. Caldwell later left to become the Detroit Lion's head coach. Gary Kubiak took over for one year before leaving to coach the Denver Broncos. That's when Trestman, the former head coach for the Chicago Bears between 2013-14, took over. So the Ravens have seen a lot of change in the offensive coordinator spot. Mornhinweg was a former offensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles and New York Jets. The immediate goal right now is to improve on an offense that's averaging just 18.8 points per game.

Ravens Offense
How much will it matter that Joe Flacco has a new offensive coordinator for this game? One week isn't enough time for Marty Mornhinweg to implement much change. In fact too much change in too short a time could lead to confusion and mistakes. One thing that will likely change is balance between passing and running the ball. The amount of pressure put on Flacco and his offensive line has been tremendous, as Flacco has thrown more passes than any other quarterback - 216, and they have run the ball only 121 times.
You would think with the number of throws, that the Ravens would have a top ranking in passing yards, but that's not the case. Flacco's just 11th in passing yards with 1,282. Flacco is known for his strong arm, but is averaging just 5.9 yards a pass, the lowest average in his career. Mornhinweg knows they need to be more committed to the run, which will open up bigger opportunities in the passing game.
It's hard to say what can change this week, with starting left tackle Ronnie Stanley and right guard Marshal Yanda listed as doubtful, and with starting right tackle Rick Wagner questionable. Wide receiver Steve Smith Sr., who also went on to injured reserve last year, is unlikely to play. That said, if the opportunity is there, watch out for deep threats Mike Wallace and Breshad Perriman.

Ravens Defense
The Ravens held the Redskins to 16 points last Sunday and still lost the game. The kicker is that six of those points (pun intended - extra point was missed) came on an 85-yard punt return. This defense is very good and ranks in the top six or better in interceptions, points, passing yards and rushing yards, and leads in first downs allowed. They are good at quarterback pressure and stopping the run. Their main problem area is that they rank 29th in the NFL in touchdown red zone defense.
This Sunday they are up against a Giants offense that has not been particularly good in that area so things could get interesting. That is if the Giants can get there in the first place. Linebacker Terrell Suggs has 4 of the Ravens 10 sacks and Timmy Jernigan has 3. The Giants have been playing poorly protecting Eli Manning and are going to have to watch out for these guys.

Giants offense
They are clearly not playing anywhere near their best. In the first two wins, Eli Manning completed 73.9 percent of his throws and had three touchdowns and just one interception. In the three losses, it was a 57.6 completion percentage with two touchdowns and three interceptions. In the last two games they totaled just 26 points, 32 first downs, and 12 punts. Is it the offensive line? Is Eli Manning feeling pressure when it's not really there or is it justified? He did get hit with three sacks last week in Green Bay. Right now it seems you just throw the cover 2 defense at the Giants and they're done.
Manning's passing skills and his three talented wide receivers have been neutralized, and we've seen no answers from head coach Ben McAdoo. Should he consider relieving the play-caller (himself) of that duty and let offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan handle it? In any event, lately the running backs and tight ends have been proficient catching passes, while the receivers struggle. That should be looked at, and of course a strong running game would help. As of now, running back Rashad Jennings is expected to return after missing three games with his left thumb injury. Maybe they can get somewhere there, but it won't be easy against the Ravens defense.

Giants defense
They get some small measure of excuse for not getting enough pressure on Aaron Rodgers last Sunday. Rodgers may be the most mobile quarterback out there, and he's very skilled at keeping plays going until his receivers get free. Rodgers did turn over the ball twice, thanks to cornerback Janoris Jenkins with his two interceptions. This week they face another quality quarterback, Joe Flacco, but the story is a little different. Flacco had surgery in the offseason to repair a torn ACL and MCL and has had to deal with wearing a knee brace on his left knee. That makes one aspect of the game different, but still the Giants pass rush hasn't been there and they sit with an NFL-low four sacks on the season.
The Ravens are having problems keeping some key offensive line players healthy, so maybe they get a slight advantage here. The Redskins did up against the Ravens last week with the
league's 29th-ranked defense and they had success. They were helped by the fact that Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. had to leave that game. Smith leads the Ravens in receiving yards, is second in catches, and also leads the team with five catches of 20 yards or more. They'd be hurting if he misses this game. The Giants secondary will miss safety Nat Berhe and Darian Thompson, and cornerbacks Eli Apple and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie are questionable.

The Giants had a few things going against them last week. They were on a short week. It was their second road trip in a row played at night, and their opponent was coming off a bye week. This time the Giants are in a familiar stadium during normal 'business' hours, and it's the Ravens who have to practice a new offense and take the road trip. One of these teams will break their losing streak. I'm looking for it to be the Giants.

NFC East Games
Sunday at 1:00pm Ravens (3-2) at Giants (2-3)
Sunday at 1:00pm Eagles (3-1) at Redskins (3-2)
Sunday at 4:25pm Cowboys (4-1) at Packers (3-1)
The Giants and Eagles are the only NFC East teams favored to win in these games.


Giants Eli Manning will start in his 200th consecutive game, including postseason.

Giants Eli Manning needs one passing touchdown to reach 300 for his career.

Giants Steve Spagnuolo was a defensive assistant for the Baltimore Ravens from 2013-14.

Ravens Joe Flacco has thrown more passes (216) than any other quarterback in the NFL.

Ravens, for the second time in four years, have fired their offensive coordinator during the season.

Ravens have held Eli Manning to 330 yards, 2 touchdowns and 3 interceptions over their three meetings.

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