After a huge upset victory over Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in London, the Giants competition will still get a lot more harder. New York returns home and are set to welcome Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens. Despite sitting at only 3-2, Baltimore is still arguably a top tier team in the AFC with Jackson playing at a high level five games in. With so many storylines heading into this game, most notably Giants defensive coordinator Wink Martindale facing off against his former team, here are the three keys for the Giants to pull off yet another upset victory and help them get to 5-1 to keep up with the surging Eagles and Cowboys.
1. Contain Lamar Jackson
It’s safe to say that Lamar Jackson looks healthy again after questions surfaced as he missed Balimore’s final five regular season games last season. The former league MVP has already thrown 12 touchdown passes and has rushed for nearly 375 yards. If the Giants want to win this game, their defense needs to play like they did in the second half of their victory over the Packers and shut them down.
They need to apply pressure and make Jackson throw the football because he will kill you with his legs. The Giants rush defense is still questionable but their secondary especially now with the edition of Landon Collins. If their defense plays like they did last week in the final two quarters of their win and translates that into an entire game, the Giants have a shot to get to 5-1.
2. Don’t fall behind early
It seems like the Giants have been playing keep up to start the season and last week’s comeback against the Packers when they were down as much as 14 was no exception. The Ravens have had a trend all season where they get off to fast starts and their opponents fall behind. That is something the Giants have been accustomed to and that needs to change in this one. Expect the Ravens offense to be explosive and if that’s the case, the Giants need to respond and keep the game close so they don’t rely on late game heroics. Sure, it has helped them in a couple games this year, but that can’t be a continuing trend.
3. Take advantage of the Ravens lackluster defense
The Baltimore Ravens defense has been surprisingly bad in the post-Wink Martinadale era. This is something that offensive coordinator Mike Kafka and the Giants offense needs to take advantage of. Especially Daniel Jones. With how banged up Baltimore’s secondary has been and now reportedly running back Saquon Barkley being limited during practice this week after sustaining a shoulder injury last week, the Giants should let Jones take some shots down the field with how poorly the Ravens defense has been.
Even though the Giants receiving core has been banged up practically all year, Darius Slayton after being non-existent the first four weeks showed some flashes like from his rookie season. The Giants can definitely win this game despite all the injuries at wide receiver. As long as Jones doesn’t turn the ball over which he hasn’t since week three, they can win with his strong arm.