NFL Picks: Giants at Ravens Odds and Betting Predictions

Doc MosemanCorrespondent IDecember 17, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 16:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants walks off the field after a turnover on downs against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on December 16, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The New York Giants will head south on I-95 this upcoming Sunday to M&T Bank Stadium to square off against the Baltimore Ravens in an inter-conference clash between two teams that desperately need a win to keep their quest for a division title intact. The game is set to kick off at 4:25 p.m. and it will be broadcast nationally on FOX.

The Giants suddenly find themselves in a heated battle with both Washington and Dallas for the NFC East title, with all three teams knotted up at 8-6 straight up with two games to play. New York is 6-7-1 against the spread overall and 3-3-1 ATS in seven road games this year. The total has stayed “under” in five of their last six games.

Baltimore still has a one-game lead over Cincinnati and a two-game lead over Pittsburgh in the AFC North, but after three straight losses there is some genuine concern for this team in every phase of the game. The Ravens are 9-5 SU but only 5-8-1 ATS. The total has gone “over” in four of their last six games.



Giants at Ravens Betting Storylines

New York’s closest game in its last five, win or lose, was a 17-16 Week 13 road loss to Washington. The Giants have been blown out by Cincinnati and Atlanta on the road by a combined 65-13 while blowing out both Green Bay and New Orleans at home by a combined score of 90-37. That does not paint too positive of a picture for this Sunday’s road trip to Baltimore.

This has traditionally been the time of the season when the Giants start stringing wins together to build some solid momentum heading into the playoffs, but they have been horrendous on the road down the stretch, which is the exact opposite of what they did in last season’s Super Bowl run. For this reason alone, it makes it very hard to back New York outside of MetLife Stadium.

Baltimore has some major issues of its own, especially on a defense that is missing over half its starters. The Ravens hope to get some of these players back on the field for this Sunday’s game, but this unit will still be woefully short-handed when Sunday rolls around.

Another issue has been the play of quarterback Joe Flacco. His overall numbers do not look too bad with 3,474 yards passing and 20 touchdowns, but he continually fails to show up at the end of the season when the games are on the line. He completed just 50 percent of his passes in this past Sunday’s 34-17 loss to Denver while getting sacked three times and picked off once.

Fortunately, the Ravens still have Ray Rice, who has rushed for 1,031 yards and nine scores. The running game may have to be a huge part of this Sunday’s offensive game plan if Flacco continues to struggle throwing the ball.



Giants at Ravens Betting Odds and Trends by 5Dimes

This game is currently listed as a “pick” on 5Dimes board with the over/under line set 47.

The Giants are 2-4 both SU and ATS in their last six games overall and 2-4 ATS in their last six games on the road. The total has stayed under in eight of their last nine road games.

The Ravens are 1-5 ATS in their last six home games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last five games overall. The total has gone over in six of their last seven games at home.

Head-to-head, these two teams have not played one another since 2008, with the Giants coming away with a 30-10 victory as a seven-point home favorite.



NFL Picks: Giants at Ravens Betting Predictions

This is a must-win for two teams coming off bad losses and trying to still nail down a division title. With little or no confidence in the Giants’ ability to win on the road against a quality team, you have to go with Baltimore in this matchup especially in light of the current line.


Take #122 Baltimore (“pick”) over New York (Sunday, Dec.16, 4:25 p.m. FOX)