Baltimore Ravens vs. New York Giants
Date and Time: Sunday, October 16, 2016, 1 p.m. ET
Location: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
Week 6 NFL Odds at BookMaker.eu: Giants -3, 44
Ravens vs. Giants TV Coverage: CBS
The Ravens found themselves a perfect 3-0 through the first three weeks of play, and while earning their wagering supporters a couple wins in that stretch, they hardly looked impressive. They toppled Buffalo 13-7, had to claw back from a 20-0 deficit at Cleveland to win 25-20, and then pulled out a comeback 19-17 win at Jacksonville against a struggling group of Jaguars.
The first two losses were incurred the last couple weeks to Oakland and Washington, and after scoring an average of just 18.5 points per game and going scoreless in the second half versus the Redskins porous defense, John Harbaugh had enough. On Monday, it was announced Marc Trestman was relieved of his offensive coordinator duties with Marty Mornhinweg stepping in to replace him. Whether this move changes anything remains to be seen.
Has there been a bigger offensive disappointment this season than the New York football Giants? This was a unit that was expected to flourish after offensive coordinator McAdoo took over the head coaching duties. So far, it’s been just as ugly as last season if not worse with the unit ranked No. 26 rushing the football and the offense putting an average of just 17.8 points per game on the scoreboard.
Rashad Jennings missing the last three games has certainly played a role in the offense’s rushing futility, but he was only expected to pave the way for the younger talent to take over. Averaging 3.8 yards per carry as a team, the offensive line hasn’t done its job. With no run game to fall back on, the trio of Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz and Sterling Shepard have had all kinds of trouble picking up yards after the catch with opposing defenses keying in on the pass. Baltimore ranks top-five against both the run and the pass, so it’s going to be another rough week for the Giants offense.
Matchup to Watch
Whichever of these teams wins the point of attack battle will likely come out on top of this matchup. Baltimore is giving up an average of 2.2 sacks per game and New York 2.0. On the flipside, the Ravens have averaged two sacks per game while the Giants have failed to average even one per game (0.8). Statistically, NY owns the worst pass rush in the league.
Jason Pierre-Paul and Olivier Vernon must do a better job of putting pressure on Joe Flacco if the Giants defense is to build off last week’s solid defensive effort against the Packers. While they allowed Aaron Rodgers to stand in the pocket untouched time and time again, the back seven did a great job of making life miserable for Green Bay’s receivers. Baltimore’s wide receiver corps isn’t nearly as good as what they just ran up against.
Ravens vs. Giants Free Picks
There are just way too many unknowns here for me to get involved with a side on the odds at BookMaker.eu. What will the Ravens offense look like with a new coordinator calling the shots? Will the Giants offensive line be able to withstand what will no doubt be some furious pressure from Baltimore’s front seven?
NY’s defense has been the best component of the team through the first five weeks. Until the offense starts figuring things out, I’ll continue siding with the under that has cashed in four of their five games played to date. I just don’t foresee many points hitting the board in this one, and with the Ravens playing to low scorers in three of five as well, I’ll expect points to be tough to come by in this Week 6 tilt.
Ravens vs. Giants ATS Pick: Under at BookMaker.eu
Ravens vs. Giants Score Prediction: Giants 16 – Ravens 14