Here’s how The Baltimore Sun sports staff views the outcome of Sunday afternoon’s game between the Ravens and the New York Giants at M&T Bank Stadium:
C.J. Doon, editor
Ravens 24, Giants 17: Both teams are essentially in must-win spots to keep their playoff hopes alive, but the Ravens seem to be the team hitting its stride. Even if starting quarterback Daniel Jones can return to the lineup, the Giants don’t look like they have enough firepower to stay with the Ravens, who have cranked up the offense in the past three weeks.
Daniel Oyefusi, reporter
Ravens 33, Giants 19: The Ravens, after myriad injuries and coronavirus-related absences, seem to finally be hitting their stride, albeit against lesser competition. The Giants defensive front will be one of the best the Ravens have played in recent weeks, but a run game now being anchored by quarterback Lamar Jackson and rookie running back J.K. Dobbins should do enough to open opportunities in the passing game. And whether Daniel Jones or Colt McCoy starts for New York, the Giants won’t be able to score enough points to keep up with the Ravens.
Mike Preston, columnist
Ravens 30, Giants 10: The New York Giants are better than the Jacksonville Jaguars, last week’s opponent, but they will suffer the same fate. The Giants play good run defense which should keep this game competitive for a half, but the Ravens defense will shut down New York’s pitiful offense.
Jonas Shaffer, reporter
Ravens 27, Giants 14: Even if Daniel Jones is healthy enough to start at quarterback for the Giants, the Ravens shouldn’t be scared. Jones’ best asset is his mobility (7.3 yards per carry), and he’s missed two of the past three weeks with ankle and hamstring injuries. For the Giants to keep this close, their defense must clamp down on Lamar Jackson and a steadily improving Ravens attack. And even that might not be enough.
Childs Walker, reporter
Ravens 30, Giants 13: The Ravens won’t move the ball as easily against a talented Giants defensive front as they did against the Jaguars. But the Giants don’t convert on third down, and they don’t finish drives in the end zone. So they won’t keep up with Lamar Jackson and the Ravens, who know they must win out to have a good chance at the postseason.