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Surging Ravens are double-digit home favorites again vs. Giants

The Ravens are double-digit favorites over the visiting New York Giants ahead of another crucial game Sunday, according to Las Vegas sportsbooks.

With the status of injured Giants quarterback Daniel Jones uncertain earlier this week, some oddsmakers took the Week 16 game off the board temporarily. But Jones returned to practice Wednesday as a limited participant, and the Ravens (9-5) soon moved to 11-point favorites.

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They easily covered as 13-point favorites Sunday, crushing the Jacksonville Jaguars in Baltimore, 40-14. The Giants (5-9) lost by double digits for the second straight week, falling to the Cleveland Browns, 20-6.

While the Ravens have won three straight games to remain in contention for a wild-card berth, the Giants, still contending for the NFC East title, have squandered the momentum gained in a Week 13 upset of the Seattle Seahawks. Jones has left two of the Giants’ past four games with injuries, forcing backup Colt McCoy to start in Week 13 and Week 15.

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A win Sunday by the Ravens would boost their chances of making the playoffs only marginally, to about 89%, according to FiveThirtyEight’s projections. A Giants win would be more significant, lifting the team’s odds from 10% to about 39%.

Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson is 9-0 against NFC teams over his career but just 4-5 against the spread, according to CBS Sports. The Giants, meanwhile, are 9-1 against the spread in their past 10 games as double-digit underdogs, winning three.

The Ravens lead the all-time series 4-2, but the Giants have won two of their past three meetings. In 2016, their last matchup, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. caught a go-ahead 66-yard touchdown pass from Eli Manning with less than two minutes left in a 27-23 home win.

The over/under for Sunday’s game is 45 points.

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