New York Giants (5-9) at Baltimore Ravens (9-5)
Giants Ravens Bet Tips
Odds & Betting Lines for Giants-Ravens Picks
- Against The Spread: Ravens -10.5 (-115)/Giants +10.5 (-105)
- Moneyline: Ravens (-589)/Giants (+435)
- Total: 47.5 — Over 47.5 (-105)/Under 47.5 (-115)
- Implied Team Totals: Ravens 29, Giants 18.5
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Giants-Ravens Key Injuries
GiantsGiants QB Daniel Jones remains on the injury report with an ankle issue that has sidelined him for two of their past three games. While Jones played in Week 14 against the Cardinals, they lost the game and Jones did not even finish it. He did not look healthy, which is why they held him out of last week’s loss to the Browns. While Colt McCoy managed the Giants to a win over the Seahawks in Week 13, he did not look the part versus Arizona or versus Cleveland. There is a reason why McCoy is mostly a career backup who struggled mightily as a starter in his early pro seasons. Jones returned to practice on Wednesday and could be ready to go for Sunday’s tilt at the Ravens. However, beat writers are suggesting that he is moving better but is still not close to the same player who began to turn the season around. Whether it is Jones, McCoy, or Phil Simms, the Giants are in trouble this week barring their defense pitching a perfect game.
RavensThe Ravens have a trio of talented cornerbacks. However, outside of Marlon Humphrey, both Jimmy Smith and Marcus Peters are on the injury report with respective shoulder and calf injuries. For Smith, he has been dealing with injuries all season long. And while he has played in 11-of-14 games this season, he has missed two of Baltimore’s past three outings, including last week’s drubbing of the Jaguars. Smith is up in the air for Sunday’s bout with the Giants. Meanwhile, Peters missed his first game of the year last week. Similar to Smith, there are uncertainties about his Week 16 playing status as well. The good thing for the Ravens is they get a Giants offense that is throwing for the fourth-fewest passing yards per game (185.7) in the NFL. If there is any game for the Ravens to be down two stud cornerbacks, it is this one, especially with a hobbled Jones or a game-managing McCoy under center for New York.
Giants-Ravens Players to Watch
With Marquise Brown expected to be locked up with James Bradberry this week, another Baltimore pass-catcher must step up. While Bradberry was placed on the COVID list last week, forcing him to miss Week 15’s loss to the Browns, the Giants have already activated him which means he should be good to go against the Ravens. Bradberry’s impending return does not bode well for Brown, who has been hot in the second half of the year, has 98 yards or a touchdown in each of his past four games. If Brown is going to be blanketed by Bradberry, TE Mark Andrews could be in line for a pop game. For Andrews this season, pop games have come few and far between. Similar to Brown, Andrews has been hot in the past four games he’s been active. In the past four outings, Andrews has appeared in, he’s had 5+ targets, 5+ receptions, and 61+ yards, scoring two times in his past three games. The Giants have allowed a 67/720/4 stat line to enemy tight ends in 2020. If you are going to get to Baltimore’s defense passing the football, it must be through the tight end postion. The Ravens are yielding the ninth-most catches (72) and the 14th-most yards (731) with five touchdowns to tight ends in 2020. It’s a good thing for the Giants that they have Evan Engram, a Pro Bowl tight end (for what that is worth). Whether or not you think he deserves it, Engram got the nod over players that include Robert Tonyan and even Rob Gronkowski. Both players, more so, Tonyan, deserves the Pro Bowl over Engram. But hey, what do I know. It’s a good thing for the Giants that they have Evan Engram, a Pro Bowl tight end (for what that is worth). Whether or not you think he deserves it, Engram got the nod over players that include Robert Tonyan and even Rob Gronkowski. Both players, more so, Tonyan, deserves the Pro Bowl over Engram. But hey, what do I know. It’s not like Engram isn’t talented. I believe Engram has the tools to be a top-five or better tight end in this league. He is a matchup-up nightmare. And although he’s finally managed to stay healthy this season, his numbers are not following. That is not his fault. The Giants’ offense is terrible. In his past five games since Week 9 Engram has not scored a touchdown. He’s also gone for fewer than 48 yards in four out of those five outings. In his one big game, Engram dropped a 6/129/0 line on the Bengals back in Week 12. He’s been quiet since.
Giants-Ravens Weather Report
The weather at M&T Bank Stadium calls for a clear and sunny afternoon at the time of kickoff with a 0% chance of precipitation. The temperature is set at 34 degrees Fahrenheit with 3 mph winds blowing South.
Giants-Ravens Picks & Bet Tips
BEST BET: Ravens -10.5 (-115)Since the Ravens are now once again playing like the Ravens, Lamar Jackson powered, they should dismantle the Giants. The Giants have played well in the second half, but ever since Daniel Jones has been dealing with injuries — Jones suffered his initial hamstring injury in Week 12’s win over the Bengals — this offense has not been the same. In each of their past four games since that initial Jones injury against the Bengals, the Giants have scored fewer than 19 points. In each of their past two outings, the Giants have scored fewer than seven points. The Ravens, on the other hand, are back to their old shenanigans. They have scored 34+ points in each of their past three games, going north of forty in two straight. The Ravens would have covered this 10.5-point spread in two of their past three games as well against the Jaguars and Cowboys, both inferior foes like the Giants, compared to the Browns, whom the Ravens beat by five points in Week 14. The Ravens are 4-0 against the spread in their past four games. The Ravens are 8-0 ATS in their past eight games in December. The Giants are 1-3 ATS in their past four games, failing to cover in two straight.
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CONSIDER: Under 47.5 (+115)While the Giants’ offense can’t get out of their own way more times than not this season, their defense is terrific, allowing the ninth-fewest points per game (22.2). And although the matchup facing a Baltimore offense scoring the sixth-most PPG (28.8) is a difficult one, we have seen the Giants step up against strong offensive foes. The Giants gave up fewer than 20 points to the Seahawks and Browns in two of the past three games. I don’t see the Giants dismantling the Ravens’ offense, but they should slow them down. On the Ravens’ end, they have a defense surrendering the fourth-fewest PPG (20.5) against the Giants scoring the second-fewest PPG (17.4). Whether Daniel Jones or Colt McCoy is starting for New York, our Giants-Ravens picks have Under written all over them. The Under is 8-2 in the Giants’ past 10 games, hitting in six straight. The Under is 3-4 in the Ravens’ past seven games, failing to hit in three straight. The Under is 1-1-1 in the past three meetings between these two clubs. The Under is 5-0 in Giants’ past five games as an underdog. The Giants are the dog in Week 16.
PASS: Giants (+435)I am out on the Giants Moneyline. Really, on Baltimore’s too because you need to lay a lot to win a little. You are better off parlaying the Ravens’ Moneyline with some player props to boost your return. You’re wasting your money wagering the Giants. While they have the defense to hold their own, that offense has put up single-digit points in two straight games. Even if the Giants hold the Ravens to 17, they need to score 18 to win. They aren’t getting 18 against the Ravens and they aren’t holding Baltimore’s offense to 17 either. Anthony Cervino is 55-44-1 on his NFL Best Bets in 2020.
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