What a difference a week makes. Two weeks ago, both the Baltimore Ravens and New York Giants seemed well on their way to the playoffs, no matter what kind of issues they were dealing with along the way.
That was before both teams suffered absolutely inexcusable inter-conference beat downs at the hands of the Denver Broncos and the Atlanta Falcons. Both Joe Flacco and Eli Manning had terrible games and need this match up to right the ship—the problem being, both have been playing poorly for quite some time.
Of course, the problems for both these teams go much deeper than their respective quarterbacks. The Ravens can't stop anyone from running the ball. Some Ravens fans may be hoping that the possible return of Ray Lewis may help in this regard, but I don't see it. Lewis looked like a shell of himself against the run prior to his injury.
For the Giants, the secondary has been a thorn in their side all season long. When the pass rush is able to make up for it, New York has been able to get by. When teams are able to block their defensive front, quarterbacks have been able to expose the Giants' back end.
In the video above, we look at some of these and other matchups and give our predictions for the game. Let us know in the comments below what you'll be watching for and who you think wins.