What: Ravens (3-2) at Giants (2-3)
Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N. J.
When: Sunday, 1 p.m.
Ravens: LB Elvis Dumervil is OUT; returner Devin Hester, ILB C. J. Mosley, WR Steve Smith Sr., LT Ronnie Stanley, RG Marshal Yanda are DOUBTFUL; S Kendrick Lewis, LB Albert McClellan, WR Mike Wallace, OT Rick Wagner, CB Shareece Wright are QUESTIONABLE.
Giants: S Nat Berhe, OT Marshall Newhouse, S Darian Thompson are OUT; CB Eli Apple, WR Dwayne Harris, RB Rashad Jennings, LB Devon Kennard, DE Jason Pierre-Paul, CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie are QUESTIONABLE.
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The Ravens have lost two straight, while the Giants have lost three straight. Which of these slumping teams will get its act together? Here are five questions to ask:1.
1. What will “Marty Ball” look like?
Marty Mornhinweg will make his debut as Ravens offensive coordinator, after Marc Trestman was fired. Everything Mornhinweg wants to change won’t happen his first week on the job. However, the Ravens have talked all season about being more committed to the running game, and throwing more downfield passes. That’s good news for running back Terrance West, who should’ve gotten more than 11 carries in Week 5, when he gained 95 yards. That also means wide receiver Breshad Perriman and Wallace must make the most of opportunities when one of Joe Flacco’s passes come their way.
2. Who wins this battle – Ravens banged up offensive line vs. Giants awful pass rush?
With Stanley (foot) and Yanda (shoulder) not expected to play, that could mean pain for Flacco. However, the Giants are last in the NFL with just four sacks. If there was ever a game the Ravens could get away with not having Yanda and Stanley, this could be it.
3. Will any of the Ravens’ wide receivers pick up the slack for Smith?
Smith leads the Ravens in receiving yards (310), but his ankle injury makes him doubtful. Those looking for wide receiver Kamar Aiken (six catches) to become more involved after catching 75 passes last season may get their wish.
4. Have the Ravens fixed their special teams issues?
Jamison Crowder of the Redskins became the latest player to burn the Ravens’ coverage unit with an 85-yard punt return touchdown in Week 5. The Ravens aren’t playing well enough to overcome allowing big plays on special teams. They need to eliminate another breakdown in coverage against the Giants.
5. Will Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. finally have a breakout game?
Beckham only has one 100-yard game this season. He had eight 100-yard games in 2015, including a streak of six straight. Beckham’s temper has gotten him more attention than his talent this season. But sooner or later, he figures to get going. The Ravens need to make sure that doesn’t happen Sunday.
Prediction: Giants 24, Ravens 20
I think the switch from Trestman to Mornhinweg will eventually be good for the Ravens. But I don’t see the Ravens winning on the road with so many key players missing.