Giants Desperate For Win Sunday At Ravens In Week 16

By: Michael Robinson | Thursday, December 20, 2012

New York Giants at Baltimore Ravens
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Date:
12/23/2012 at 4:25 p.m. (ET)
Opening Lines: Baltimore -1, O/U 47
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Television: FOX

New York Giants: The Giants (8-6 straight-up, 6-7-1 against the spread) have seen this spread move solidly in their direction despite getting blown out 34-0 at Atlanta last week. New York is just 2-4 SU and ATS in its last six games with losses in the three away (scoring just 9.7 points per game). The defending Super Bowl champs are now in a three-way tie in the NFC East with Washington and Dallas, and this is a huge game for the team's playoff hopes. Quarterback Eli Manning needs to get his mojo back after the first regular-season shutout of his career. He was just 13-of-25 for 161 yards against Atlanta, also throwing two more picks to raise his yearly total to 15. The running game needs a big day and should get a boost with Ahmad Bradshaw (knee) probable after missing last game (click to check updated NFL injury report).

Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens (9-5 SU, 5-8-1 ATS) also had a devastating loss last week, 34-17 at home to Peyton Manning and Denver. They’re reeling at 0-3 SU and ATS in their last three and are just one game ahead of Cincy for the AFC North lead. Quarterback Joe Flacco struggled last game (20-of-40 passing) despite Jim Caldwell taking over offensive coordinator duties from the fired Cam Cameron. The defense has also allowed 29.3 ppg the last three games, helping the "over" go 3-0. Linebacker Ray Lewis (tricep) is questionable to return after missing eight games while Terrell Suggs will continue to play through his biceps injury. The Giants and Ravens have met just twice since their January 2001 Super Bowl matchup (a 34-7 Baltimore win). The home team easily won and covered those two contests.

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