Riding a three-game losing streak, the Baltimore Ravens have hit a new low in the John Harbaugh era. Not helping matters is Joe Flacco having his worst streak of games this season, with multiple turnovers in each of the Ravens' three losses.
Projecting a bounce back for the Ravens is difficult, but there is plenty to like about the Ravens offense in this game. And for that reason, the Ravens have a good chance to bounce back with a big win against the New York Giants.
A few things have been holding the Ravens back lately.
First of all, they've gone up against some really good defenses. The Denver Broncos have one of the best pass rushes in the NFL, while the Pittsburgh Steelers have the best pass defense in the NFL. They rank fourth and first in total defense, respectively. With this in mind, the Ravens' offensive struggles make more sense.
The Washington Redskins, on the other hand, don't have a great pass defense, so what is Flacco and the Ravens' excuse? Well, the team was on the road. Simple as that. The Ravens offense is garbage on the road.
Sunday, the Ravens are at home against a mediocre defense. The Giants are 28th in the NFL in yards allowed, and their pass defense has struggled especially of late. Drew Brees and Matt Ryan both toasted this defense for big numbers.
Flacco and the Ravens should have little trouble moving the ball at home against the Giants defense.
On the other side of the ball, Eli Manning has a bit of Joe Flacco in him in that he is a different quarterback on the road. While Eli has a solid 90.3 passer rating at home, his 77.3 passer rating on the road is poor, as he's thrown more interceptions than touchdowns away from home.
The Ravens defense isn't great, but it actually matches up reasonably well with the Giants. Cary Williams is a big, physical cornerback who can handle Hakeem Nicks, while Corey Graham will be able to contain, but not stop, Victor Cruz. That will be enough, though, for the Ravens to outscore the Giants.
Both of these teams need wins, and both are coming off bad losses. Neither offense performed last week, but the Ravens look to be in the best position to bounce back. That bounce back will be enough to guide them to victory.