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NFL Capsule: Giants at Ravens

NFL Capsule: Giants at Ravens

NEW YORK GIANTS (8-6) At BALTIMORE (9-5)

Sunday, 4:25 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE - Giants by 2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - New York 6-6-2; Baltimore 5-9

SERIES RECORD - Ravens lead 3-1

AP PRO32 RANKING - Giants No. 9 (tie), Ravens No. 9 (tie)

LAST MEETING - Giants beat Ravens 30-10, Nov. 16, 2008

LAST WEEK - Giants lost to Falcons 34-0; Ravens lost to Broncos 34-17

GIANTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (10), RUSH (15), PASS (9)

GIANTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (28), RUSH (22), PASS (28)

RAVENS OFFENSE - OVERALL (21), RUSH (22), PASS (14)

RAVENS DEFENSE - OVERALL (26), RUSH (26), PASS (22)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Only third meeting between teams since Baltimore's 34-7 win in Super Bowl on Jan. 28, 2001. ... New York has dropped four of six to fall into tie atop NFC East. ... Giants coach Tom Coughlin 9-6 lifetime against Ravens, including 8-5 with Jacksonville. ... NY QB Eli Manning needs 410 yards passing to reach 4,000 for fourth straight season. He has won eight of last 10 starts against AFC foes, including Super Bowl. ... Giants WR Victor Cruz has 79 catches for 1,019 yards. Needs one catch to achieve second straight season with at least 80 receptions, 1,000 yards and nine TDs. ... NY DE Jason Pierre-Paul has eight sacks in last eight games against AFC opponents. ... Giants 4-1 after loss. ... Ravens have lost three straight, matching longest skid under coach John Harbaugh. It's Baltimore's worst slide since nine-game run under Brian Billick in 2007. Slump includes two straight home defeats following 15-game win streak at home. ... Ravens can clinch second straight AFC North title with win. ... Baltimore has won last nine home finales and 9-0 at home under Harbaugh against NFC foes. ... Only two players, Cary Williams and Ed Reed, have started all 14 games for Ravens on defense. ... Second game for offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell, who took over last week for Cam Cameron. In debut, Ravens didn't get first down until midway through second quarter in 34-17 drubbing by Denver. ... Ravens WR Anquan Boldin did not have catch last week, ending his streak of 106 games with at least one reception. ... Baltimore QB Joe Flacco gets 79th straight start, second-most in team history behind Jarret Johnson (80). ... Dennis Pitta has seven TD catches, one short of matching the Ravens single-season mark by a TE held by Todd Heap in 2005.

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Ravens DT Brandon Williams doesn't see how opposing offenses can attack their defense

Ravens DT Brandon Williams doesn't see how opposing offenses can attack their defense

Ravens defensive tackle Brandon Williams looks a bit different entering the 2020 season. He’s also got some teammates that look different, too. 

The Ravens added defensive tackles Calais Campbell and Derek Wolfe to the front line, meaning Williams will kick inside to nosetackle this season. He’s changed his body composition as a result, and has shaved off some fat and added more muscle.

“I’ve got to eat the greens, eat the vegetables, the broccoli and whatnot,” Williams said Friday on a Zoom call with reporters. “But, then just working on my body composition, just working on being more — not lighter — but more toned so I can play that nose and keep running the way I do. Those two additions, Wolfe and Calais, I’ve got the twin towers right next to me — those two giants. I don’t see how offenses can come at us, man.”

In order to slim down a little bit the 31-year-old ate with a more watchful eye, as he knew his body would respond accordingly during the season.

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“I’m trying to get my slim-sexy going on — you know what I’m saying?” Williams quipped. “You know, the older you get, the harder it is to get that weight off you, the harder it is to move. You have to think about the joints and all the double-teams you’re taking up and all that stuff. So, when you come in a little bit lighter, it just relieves all that pain a lot of that — I guess — nagging stuff you have to worry about early on.”

Williams had 34 tackles last season and one sack, but is hopeful his move back to the nosetackle spot after the additions of Campbell, Wolfe and draft choices Justin Madubuike and Broderick Washington will create a defensive line capable of wreaking havoc on opposing offenses. 

“Those two dudes are good, and I like what I’ve got,” Williams said. “I like my team. I like the way they look, and the new guys are coming up great. We’ve got a lot of things going for us on the D-line and I’m excited to see it.”

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A very good day for NFL tight ends George Kittle and Travis Kelce

A very good day for NFL tight ends George Kittle and Travis Kelce

It’s been a good day for tight ends in the NFL.

To start the day George Kittle became the highest-paid tight end in the league. Shortly after, Travis Kelce signed an extension keeping him in Kansas City for an additional four years. Now it’s hard to talk about NFL tight ends and not mention either Kittle or Kelce’s name as two of the best in the league. It was only fitting that the two get paid on the exact same day.  

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Kittle and the San Francisco 49ers reached an agreement on a five-year, $75 million contract extension. Kittle deserves every penny of that deal as he’s racked up 2,945 receiving yards, the most by any tight end in NFL history after three seasons. He’s a do-it-all tight end who has great hands, blocks like a guard, and is a huge asset to the locker room.  

Meanwhile, the Kansas City Chiefs and Travis Kelce agreed to a four-year, $57.25 million extension. Kelce is a huge part of the Chiefs offense and his stats show that he’s one of the best in the league. He’s the only tight end to ever record four straight 1,000 yard seasons and he’s the fastest tight end ever to 425 career catches and 5,500 receiving yards.  

Kittle and Kelce have set the bar high with their play on the field, but they have now also set the bar for the price tag at their position that comes along with it. 

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