Week 6 brings the 3-2 Baltimore Ravens to MetLife Stadium to meet the surprising 4-1 Giants. This will be the first meeting between new defensive coordinator Wink Martindale and his old team. The NY Giants come in high off the upset victory over the Green Bay Packers. Let’s outline some key matchups in this inter-conference game.
Lamar Jackson Vs. G-Men Defense
While the heading says defense, it could come down to the Giants linebackers when it comes to stopping Jackson. He is the most athletically gifted quarterback in the NFL, and the NY Giants struggle in the athletics department regarding linebackers. Now outside linebackers in Martindale’s system are essentially edge rushers, so if Kayvon Thibodeaux and Azeez Ojulari beat their man, they need to get Jackson to the ground; more accessible said than done, I agree. If they do not,
Micah McFadden and Tae Crowder have no shot. Jaylon Smith, our most athletic linebacker, has a shot, but not a big one. The Raven’s offense has gone 3-and-out six times in 55 drives. Expect a lot of zone coverage and spying on Jackson. Jackson is not just a runner, either. He is 95 of 149 with 1,067 yards and 12 touchdowns against five interceptions. This man is real and is having an MVP-caliber start to his year.
Ravens Tight End vs. G-Men Defense
The Giants have long struggled with covering the opposing team’s tight ends. Andrews is the Ravens leading receiver, with a team-high 32 receptions for 349 yards and four touchdowns. This spells trouble for Giants. With spying on Lamar Jackson being a must, the defense will need to rely on Julian Love or Xavier McKinney to spot up on Andrews. One of the most underrated players in the league, Andrews is always overshadowed by flashier players, but make no mistake, he is good and will tear a defense apart. The Giants need to gameplan around Andrews and find a way to keep the ball out of his hands.
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Saquon Barkley vs. Baltimore Ravens defense
Saquon Barkley is the second-leading rusher in the NFL with 533 yards. He is back to the form that made him the second pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. He will be going up against a Ravens defense ranked 12th in the NFL against the rush, giving up 108 yards a game. The Giants’ offense could be their best defense. Keeping Barley on the field running keeps Lamar Jackson off the field. Do’t be fooled by the Ravens being ranked last against the pass either; Daniel Jones has done very well managing the game and not making poor decisions. He needs to hand the ball off to Barkley and then let him do the rest.
Big Blue need to play an intelligent turnover-free game against the Ravens. While they post the 4-1 record, the Ravens are undoubtedly the more talented roster. The game is played on Sunday because any team can win every week. Playing a ball-controlled offense and limiting Jackson’s time on the field will skyrocket the win probability for the Giants.
“I’m all about finding ways to win games. I really don’t care about the individual stats. At the end of the day, I’m a big believer in that’s all going to take care of itself. If I continue to have the right mindset and the right work ethic and continue to do the things that I’ve been able to do – that’s going to take care of itself. Whatever I can do to help the team win games.”
Darius Slayton on the positive energy in the locker room Full video: https://t.co/1ZvNGXbXnW pic.twitter.com/oGBNxJdVSQ — GiantsTV (@GiantsTV) October 12, 2022