Ravens vs. Giants Week 6 matchup preview and current betting lines
The Giants are maybe the surprise in the NFL with a 4-1 record, especially after beating the Packers in London. But they will get a big test from the Ravens (3-2) and MVP candidate Lamar Jackson, fresh off a win over the rival Bengals.
Can the Ravens protect a lead? We know they have already blown leads of 21 (Miami) and 17 (Buffalo) this season, but a 10-0 lead over the Bengals did not last long either. Neither did a late lead before the Bengals drove down the field for a go-ahead touchdown, only to be denied by a Justin Tucker field goal in a 19-17 finish.
Meanwhile, these Giants have already won three games this season after trailing by at least seven points in the second half. Daniel Jones has led three game-winning drives this season after he had three in 2019-21 combined.
This Baltimore team is struggling to put teams away, but its most comfortable win of the season was in this stadium in Week 1, 24-9 over the Jets. But this could be an interesting matchup with the Ravens taking on a New York defense with Don “Wink” Martindale as its defensive coordinator. The Ravens fired Martindale after a disappointing 2021 season, but he is finding success with these upstart Giants.
The NFL Week 6 odds have the Ravens as a 6-point road favorite with a total of 45 points in this matchup. Can the Giants actually pull off another upset?
Players to watch in the Ravens vs. Giants game
J.K. Dobbins: The Ravens are looking to get more from the running game so that Lamar Jackson does not have to do it all by himself. Dobbins missed the entire 2021 season, but he has started the last three games and is only averaging 36.0 yards per game and 3.9 yards per carry. They need to see more from him.
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Kayvon Thibodeaux: The No. 5 pick in this year’s draft has only played three games, but he has yet to register a sack and only has two pressures. But he is getting more snaps each week, playing 81% of the snaps in London. This would be a great game for him to get his first sack against an elusive quarterback like Jackson.
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Ravens vs. Giants Point Spread Pick: Giants +6 (-110)
The Ravens vs. Giants spread opened with the Ravens as 3.5-point road favorites, but it has been moving up to 6 points heading into the weekend.
The more this spread moves to Baltimore, the more value there is in taking these upstart Giants with the points. Head coach Brian Daboll has done a fantastic job of getting Saquon Barkley playing better than ever like the back the Giants thought they were getting in 2018. The passing game is still not there, but Daniel Jones is not falling apart in the fourth quarter like he used to.
But what makes this interesting is the matchup between Lamar Jackson and former defensive coordinator Wink Martindale, who is doing well in New York after the Ravens fired him. The Giants are blitzing a league-high 43.3% of the time this season, one of only two teams above 36% as the league keeps going to the Cover 2 defense. But the Giants have been dialing it up and keeping scores low to make games winnable. The Giants rank No. 8 in pressure rate (27.0%), so it has been helpful for the pass rush.
If the Ravens are not careful, this could look like last year’s Miami upset where the Dolphins were all over Lamar and sacked him four times with plenty of other pressures. Jackson has not passed for 175 yards in either of the last two games.
The Ravens may still very well end up winning this game, but you should take the Giants with the points to cover what will hopefully be a tight, low-scoring game.
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Total: Under 45.0 Points (-110)
The Giants just had their first game of the season finish over 41 points in the surprising 27-22 win over the Packers in London. It was the first time this season the Giants scored more than 21 points as this is still an injury-ravaged receiving corps with a limited quarterback in Jones.
Meanwhile, the Ravens beat the Bengals 19-17, their third game this season with under 44 points. This just feels like a defensive slugfest with the Giants not having the passing game that can pick apart this Baltimore secondary, which has some weaknesses to it.
On the other side, you get that familiarity with Martindale against the Baltimore offense, and the Ravens have had some injuries with Rashod Bateman, the new No. 1 wide receiver, missing the Cincinnati game.
The over is 20-32-2 (38.5%) in the Daniel Jones era for the Giants, the lowest rate in the league. As a home underdog, the over is 5-14-1 (26.3%) for these Giants. Granted, this is Brian Daboll’s team now, but it is hard to say the offense can be trusted to put up a big number yet. Take the under for your NFL bet of the week in this one.bet on nfl with BET365
Frequently asked questions about the Ravens vs. Giants game in week 6
The game is being played at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
A true sign of a quarterback who needs to be managed with a good running game, the Giants are 3-18 when Daniel Jones throws at least 35 passes in a game (13-8 when he is under 35 attempts).
In starts where he plays into the fourth quarter, Lamar Jackson is 28-1 when he attempts fewer than 28 passes. The only loss was an overtime game in Kansas City in 2018 in which he was knocked out on the final drive in overtime in a 27-24 loss.