Ravens need to stop Giants' passing game

Ravens need to stop Giants' passing game
December 21, 2012, 2:45 pm
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There's no question that the New York Giants can cause a lot of trouble for the banged-up Baltimore defense, but the Ravens will probably need to worry about the passing game more than anything.

The Giants come into this game ranked ninth in the NFL in passing. Quarterback Eli Manning, despite his occasional inconsistencies, has won two Super Bowls and is one of the NFL's top quarterbacks in fourth-quarter situations. 

Coming into this game, Manning has thrown for 3,590 yards and 20 touchdowns compared to 10 interceptions. Manning's coming off a shaky performance in last week's 34-0 loss to the Falcons, and New York needs this win for its own playoff life. 

Victor Cruz is his most dangerous receiver. He's quickly become of the top pass-catchers in the NFL, already posting 79 catches for 1,019 yards and nine touchdowns already this season. Also, Hakeem Nicks (53 catches, 692 yards and three touchdowns) is also battling injury issues and his status remains up in the air. 

The good passing attack is something that's likely to give the Ravens problems in certain spots because they've experienced trouble in recent weeks stopping good passing games. The injuries that the Ravens have been battling in recent weeks -- and will likely deal with for the rest of the year -- really affects their pass coverage in several ways.

Cary Williams and Corey Graham are going to be busy in the secondary and even though both have certainly struggled at times, they've also done well at times. The question is if they can play consistent football against Manning, Cruz and company.

The running game also is going to be an issue at times. Ahmad Bradshaw's knee injury could sideline him again this week, but rookie David Wilson's been very good the last few weeks. The Ravens are also going to have to worry about this group as they complement what Manning and frieds try to do with the passing game.