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Alex Raskin of CBS Sports.com is a respected analyst who is unbiased toward New York sports teams. Still, I didn't expect Raskin to get on the Ravens bus for this one. This game to me is a pick'em. Both teams match up evenly across the board. Even their injury counts are eerily similar. I would even argue that the Giants have more motivation and need to win than the Ravens, who have already backed into the playoffs.
Raskin calls for the Ravens to win big on Sunday...I mean really big. Here we can follow his reasoning:
Giants at Ravens -- Week 16
Where: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Md. (Shaw Sportexe Momentum Turf, outdoors)
When: Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET (Fox)
Spread: Giants by 2
Forecast: Temperatures in the high 40s. Mostly sunny with winds out of the west at 10 mph.
Records: Giants (8-6; NFC East 2-3), Ravens (9-5; AFC North 4-1)
What Raskin thinks matters: A major reason the Giants have just 32 sacks so far thi...
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Last week: 13 (+0)
Net points per drive: 0.42 (8th)
DVOA: 13.3% (7th)
Weighted DVOA: 10.5% (8th)
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Source: The Redzone
Unlike for the New York Giants, the FOX America's Game of the Week is not a must-win affair for the Baltimore Ravens.
The Ravens are in the playoffs already. They could even fall Sunday to the Giants (4:25 p.m. ET kickoff) and still capture the AFC North title with a Week 17 victory in Cincinnati.
However, such a scenario doesn't make the possibility of a fourth consecutive...