Scouting Report

the pick giants 24-16

November 16, 2008|By JAMISON HENSLEY

Ravens run offense vs. Giants run defense: : Willis McGahee is coming off a season-high 112 rushing yards. He is trying for his first back-to-back 100-yard games since November 2004. But that will be a challenge against the NFL's seventh-ranked run defense. In their past three home games, the Giants haven't allowed a back to rush for more than 61 yards. That includes: Marion Barber, Frank Gore and Julius Jones - all of whom failed to score a touchdown. The Ravens won't be as strong run blocking if Adam Terry has to replace Willie Anderson (ankle) at right tackle. Edge: GIANTS:

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Ravens pass offense vs. Giants pass defense: : Derrick Mason, the Ravens' leading receiver, will try to play with a dislocated left shoulder. Rookie QB Joe Flacco has relied heavily on him on the road, where Mason has averaged 6.4 catches and 94.2 receiving yards in five games. In his past four games, Flacco has six touchdown passes and no interceptions, posting a rating over 109 three times. But he might not have time to throw today. Giants DE Justin Tuck and DE Mathias Kiwanuka have combined for 14 sacks. Rookie S Kenny Phillips is expected to make his first start. CB Corey Webster (groin) could be a game-time decision. Edge: EVEN:

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Giants run offense vs. Ravens run defense: : This is the most anticipated matchup - the NFL's top-ranked ground game against the top-ranked run defense. With Haloti Ngata up front and Ray Lewis in the middle, the Ravens have beat up running backs. They lead the NFL in fewest rushing yards allowed per game (65.4) and per carry (2.9). The Ravens have given up one rushing touchdown, tied for best in the NFL. With a running back-by-committee (Brandon Jacobs, Derrick Ward and Ahmad Bradshaw), the Giants lead the NFL in rushing yards per game (168.9) and per carry (5.2). They have 12 touchdowns in nine games, including nine by Jacobs. Edge: RAVENS:

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Giants pass offense vs. Ravens pass defense: : The Ravens have the ninth-ranked pass defense, but that's deceptive. The injury-riddled secondary starts two backups - CB Fabian Washington and S Jim Leonhard. The Ravens haven't been exposed the past four games because they haven't faced a top passer. That changes with Eli Manning, who has has averaged 216 passing yards in five games at the Meadowlands, throwing seven touchdown passes and two interceptions. If the Ravens try to double-team WR Plaxico Burress, look for Manning to find TE Kevin Boss down the seam. The Ravens have surrendered a passing touchdown in eight straight games. Edge: GIANTS:

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Special teams: : This matches two of the better punters in the NFL. The Ravens' Sam Koch is fifth in the league with a 40.6-yard net average, and the Giants' Jeff Feagles is seventh with 39.8-yard average. The Ravens' Matt Stover had made eight straight field goals before missing a 50-yard try last Sunday. The Giants' John Carney has only missed once on 22 attempts this season. Edge: EVEN:

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Intangibles: : The Ravens are finishing a demanding stretch in which they have played five of six games on the road. That wears on a team, especially one that should have had a bye last week. They have not won four straight on the road in the team's 13-year history. The Giants are one of six NFL teams undefeated at home. They have won their past three here by 21, 12 and 38 points. Edge: GIANTS:

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Prediction: : The Ravens will shut down the Giants' vaunted ground game, but they won't have the same answers for Manning. Their banged-up secondary will quickly realize this isn't like going against Sage Rosenfels, Derek Anderson, JaMarcus Russell or Chad Pennington. GIANTS, 24-16:

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