Giants vs. Ravens: Week 16 staff picks and predictions

Dan Benton
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The New York Giants (5-9) will take on the Baltimore Ravens (9-5) this Sunday afternoon at M&T Bank Stadium in a game with significant playoff implications.

Experts are leaning completely towards Baltimore this week — 10:0 — with most of those expecting a two-score game.

How does the Giants Wire staff see this Week 16 battle shaking out? Here’s a look at our picks and score predictions:

Dan Benton: Ravens 27, Giants 23

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You've heard me say this before but I will say it again: historically, the Giants tend to play up or down to the level of their opponent. We've seen that scenario play out multiple times this season, so why would it be any different in Week 16? I know it's easy to pick the Ravens in a slaughter and there is plenty of sound reasoning behind that, but I expected this game to be much closer. Call it a gut feeling, but I believe the Giants hang around until the bitter end before coming up just short.

John Fennelly: Ravens 31, Giants 16

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Yes, I'm predicting the Giants will score more than 10 points in this game. Their defense, as well as they've played, is not going to be able to stop the Ravens' rushing game, which is led by quarterback Lamar Jackson. I believe the Giants will have problems in covering rookie RB J.K. Dobbins out of the backfield as well as tight end Mark Andrews. Look at it this way... Holding the Ravens to under 40 points at this stage of the season is tough task, so that's something. The Giants won't be able to score many points again with their very predictable game plan and their special teams have not been able to make an impact, so this will be a one-sided affair on Sunday.

Doug Rush: Ravens 34, Giants 16

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The Giants had two weeks to try and keep their grip on the NFC East lead, but two straight losses to the Cardinals and Browns have pushed them out. They are still in second place, although they have company now with the Cowboys being tied with them. Even so, the Giants still have a chance if they win and the Washington Football Team loses. But up next is the Baltimore Ravens, who are fighting for a playoff spot in the AFC. They’re on the outside looking in, which makes this game extremely important for them. Some might not remember, but the Giants played the Ravens in Baltimore back in Week 16 of the 2012 season trying to stay alive for the playoffs and got thoroughly embarrassed. This game has that feel to it and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see that same kind of result. Baltimore likely wins easily and sends the Giants to their 10th loss of the year, which would make it their fourth straight 10-plus loss season.

Tyler Henry: Ravens 36, Giants 17

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This is going to be a tough one for the Giants. Lamar Jackson is a mismatch nightmare for any team. The Ravens have been playing as well as anyone in the league and the Giants are playing the worst football they have been playing all season long. Add in a hobbled Daniel Jones and we could be looking at one that gets away from Big Blue early. If the Giants have any chance in this one they have to get pressure on Lamar Jackson while also keeping him in the pocket, which is hard enough as it is. With the way the Ravens have been scoring as of late I fully expect Joe Judge to be aggressive for the second straight week both in the red zone and on 4th down. Hopefully the Giants shock us all but I don’t expect to hang in this game for long.

Kevin Hickey: Ravens 26, Giants 16

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Hopefully we see the return on Daniel Jones from his hamstring and ankle injuries as that will give the Giants the best chance to win. But it might not matter in the end. The Ravens are on a roll as of late with their offensive line starting to play more consistently, which has led the the entire offense playing at its ceiling. The Giants defense will have a tough time keeping the rushing attack under wraps with Lamar Jackson and J.K. Dobbins leading the way but the biggest concern comes on the offensive side of the ball for Big Blue. Even with the Ravens being down a few players in the secondary, it might be tough for the Giants to string together drives against the vaunted front seven. Whether its Jones or Colt McCoy under center, it’s going to be hard for the Giants offense to stay in this one unless they can limit their turnovers.

Mike Moraitis: Ravens 27, Giants 17

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You always have to give the Giants a shot in any game they play because their defense has the ability to take games over, but I just don't see this unit being able to keep the Ravens' offense in check enough to overcome the offense, with or without Daniel Jones under center. New York does actually matchup well with the Ravens, as Baltimore sports an elite rushing attack and Big Blue has the No. 6 run defense in the NFL. Regardless, Lamar Jackson is going to give the Giants fits by extending and making plays with his legs, and the Ravens' talented defense won't see much of a challenge from the Giants' lackluster offense. Take one touchdown off this score prediction if Jones doesn't play.

Jeevan Kirkland: Ravens 34, Giants 13

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After a rough middle portion of the season, marred with multiple COVID-19 cases, the Baltimore Ravens are now one of the hottest teams in football. They have won their last three games scoring 34 or more points in each. Conversely, the New York Giants have been the worst offense in the league over the past two weeks. They have totaled only 13 points over that span and have not been able to advance the ball down the field at a sufficient rate. Barring major changes from Big Blue’s offense the reality is that this game will most likely be very one-sided and may result in the elimination of New York from the playoffs.

Pat Ragazzo: Ravens 23, Giants 10

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The New York Giants roll into Baltimore this week to take on the 9-5 Ravens, who have won three straight following a mid-season skid. Once again, Giants quarterback Daniel Jones is questionable dealing with ankle and hamstring injuries, which means Colt McCoy could be back out there against the Ravens and their ninth ranked defense. The Giants' sputtering offense only scratched across six points last week versus the Browns and 13 total points in the past two games. Luckily, their defense will get cornerback James Bradberry back in the lineup on Sunday, but they will have to account for the elusive Lamar Jackson, who can take off and run for a big play at any given moment. Unfortunately, even if they stop Jackson, the Giants' offense must find a way to score on the other side of the ball or else they won't have a shot at pulling off an upset to keep their playoff hopes alive.

OddsMoney LinePoint SpreadTotal Points
Baltimore
+115+2.5O 49.5
Buffalo
-134-2.5U 49.5