New York Giants at Baltimore Ravens: 12/27/20 NFL Picks and Prediction
Baltimore Ravens (9-5) vs New York Giants (5-9)
Game Info: Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 1:00 pm (M&T Bank Stadium)
Betting Odds: Baltimore Ravens -9.5 -- Over/Under: 45 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The New York Giants will travel to M&T Bank Stadium to take on the Baltimore Ravens this Sunday afternoon in NFL action.
The New York Giants lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 5-9 on the season after being defeated by the Cleveland Browns, 20-6, this past Sunday night. For the 2nd straight week, New York could get noting going on the offensive end and could not fight back after a 1-yard TD run by Cleveland’s Nick Chubb gave the Browns a 20-3 lead with 12:53 left in the 4th quarter. New York was outgained by Cleveland by a 392-288 margin and didn’t force a turnover in the loss. Leading the way for the Giants was WR Darius Slayton who had 4 receptions for 74 yards.
On the season, New York is averaging 17.4 ppg on 317.4 total yards per game (203.9 passing yds/g; 113.5 rushing yds/g). Offensively, New York has been led by QB Daniel Jones who had completed 62.3% of his passes for 2,462 yards (238.8 yds/g), 8 TD, & 9 INT while also picking up 403 rushing yards on 55 carries. Jones missed last game with lingering hamstring & ankle injuries and if he can’t go again, it will be Colt McCoy (60.6 CMP %, 375 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT) under center. New York lost both Saquon Barkley & Devonta Freeman due to injury and currently the backfield is led by Wayne Gallman (130 att, 590 yards, 6 TD). The top receiving threats for the Giants have been Darius Slayton (46 rec, 703 yards, 3 TD), Evan Engram (54 rec, 572 yards, TD), Sterling Shepard (49 rec, 467 yards, TD), & Golden Tate (35 rec, 388 yards, 2 TD).
Defensively, New York is holding their opponents to an average of 22.2 ppg on 366.3 total yards per game (264.5 passing yds/g; 101.8 rushing yds/g).
The Baltimore Ravens won their 3rd straight game and improved to 9-5 on the season after defeating the Jacksonville Jaguars, 40-14, this past Sunday. Baltimore made quick work of Jacksonville and had no trouble securing the victory after going into halftime with a 26-0 lead. Baltimore outgained Jacksonville by a 409-267 margin and forced 1 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Ravens was QB Lamar Jackson who completed 17 of 22 passes for 243 yards, 3 TD, & 1 INT while adding 35 rushing yards & 1 TD on the ground.
On the season, Baltimore is averaging 28.8 ppg on 359.5 total yards per game (186.8 passing yds/g; 172.7 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Baltimore has been led by QB Lamar Jackson who has completed 64.8% of his passes for 2,461 yards (253.0 yds/g), 21 TD, & 8 INT. Jackson is also the leading the rusher for the Ravens as he had 828 rushing yards & 7 TD’s on 135 carries. In the backfield with Jackson has been the duo of Gus Edwards (117 att, 578 yards, 6 TD) & J.K. Dobbins (110 att, 568 yards, 6 TD). The top receiving threats for the Ravens have been Marquise Brown (49 rec, 703 yards, 5 TD), Mark Andrews (48 rec, 598 yards, 7 TD), Willie Snead IV (31 rec, 408 yards, 3 TD), and Miles Boykin (17 rec, 210 yards, 3 TD).
Defensively, Baltimore is holding their opponents to an average of 20.5 ppg on 360.5 total yards per game (250.6 passing yds/g; 109.9 rushing yds/g).
The Giants are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss and 22-8 ATS in their last 30 road games. The Ravens are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 8-0 ATS in their last 8 games in December.
New York needs a win in this one to stay in the thick of the NFC East race, however, despite having a strong defense, their offense has pretty much disappeared over the last two weeks as the Giants have combined for just 13 points over their last two games against Arizona & Cleveland. Baltimore has started to look like the team we saw in the regular season last year and between the fact that Ravens need the win as much as the Giants do and that their defense, that ranks 4th in scoring defense, should have no problem slowing down the Giants offense at home, I’m taking Baltimore to cover this large spread. Good Luck!
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Brett’s Pick Baltimore Ravens -9.5
AUTHOR: Brett Nault
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