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Preview: Giants at Ravens
After enjoying a view from the penthouse of their respective divisions for most of the season, both the New York Giants and Baltimore Ravens are hearing company knock at the door. The Ravens will look to snap a three-game skid and clinch their second straight AFC North title on Sunday when they host the Giants. Although Baltimore owns a one-game lead over Cincinnati and has already secured a postseason position, it sure didn't look like a playoff team following a 34-17 setback to Denver last week.
While the Ravens' performance left a lot to be desired, the Giants' was downright pitiful in a 34-0 loss to Atlanta. New York's fourth setback in six games - coupled with victories by Washington and Dallas - allowed for a three-team logjam to rear its ugly head atop the NFC East. Making matters worse for Tom Coughlin's club is that it no longer controls its own destiny for the division title.
TV: 4:25 p.m. ET, FOX. LINE: Giants -1, O/U 47
ABOUT THE GIANTS (8-6): New York can seize a postseason spot by winning its final two games - that much is simple. An NFC East title will require a little help, as the Redskins and Cowboys will each need to lose a game as well. Health concerns are on the forefront for the Giants, who hope to see the return of Ahmad Bradshaw (knee/foot), although Coughlin has already said that is a medical decision. A porous defense also plagues New York, which is ranked 28th overall and against the pass.
ABOUT THE RAVENS (9-5): Although Pittsburgh's misstep versus Dallas last week allowed Baltimore entry into the postseason party, one can understand that the Ravens may not feel like dancing at the moment. Joe Flacco has committed six turnovers (three interceptions, three fumbles) during the team's losing skid - and didn't fare too well versus the Giants on Nov. 16, 2008. Flacco, who was then a rookie, threw for just 164 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions in New York's 30-10 victory.
1. Giants WR Victor Cruz honored 6-year-old Jack Pinto by visiting his family on Tuesday. Pinto was one of 20 children killed in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
2. With John Harbaugh at the helm, the Ravens are an impressive 9-0 at home against NFC teams.
3. Baltimore has won two of the three regular-season meetings between the clubs - although most remember its 34-7 trouncing of New York in Super Bowl XXXV.
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Key Players to Watch
- FingerQues Sun | questionable
Moore has missed the past three games due to a broken finger, and it is uncertain if he will return versus the Washington Football Team on Sunday.
- ShoulderQues Sun | questionable
Stanley is dealing with a shoulder injury, and it has yet to be established if he will be active against the Washington Football Team on Sunday.
- KneeQues Sun | questionable
Madubuike has sat out the previous three games with a knee injury. It is unknown if he will return to the fold Sunday versus the Washington Football Team.
- ThighQues Sun | questionable
Hill has been held out the last three games with a thigh injury, and it is unclear if he will make his season debut against the Washington Football team on Sunday.
- AbdominalProb Mon | probable
Levine Sr. has an abdominal injury, but he is likely to play against the Chiefs on Monday.
- ShoulderProb Mon | probable
Fluker is saddled with a shoulder injury, but he is projected to be in Monday's lineup versus the Chiefs.
- AnkleProb Mon | probable
Stanley left the previous game with an ankle injury, but he is expected to take part in Monday's battle against the Chiefs.
- KneeI-R | I-R
Young has been added to the injured reserve list due to a torn ACL in his left knee.
New York Giants
- GroinOut indefinitely | I-R
Williams is on the injured reserve list with a groin injury, and it is unclear when he will return to the fold.
- QuadricepQues Sun | questionable
Colbert has been absent from the previous two games due to an injured quad, and it is uncertain if he will take the field Sunday against the Rams.
- AnkleQues Sun | questionable
Peppers exited the previous game with a low-ankle sprain, and it is unknown if he will play against the Rams on Sunday.
- ToeOut indefinitely | I-R
Shepard has been shifted to the injured reserve list with turf toe, and he is without a definitive timetable for recovery.
- HamstringProb Sun | probable
Coughlin missed the last game due to a hamstring injury, but he is likely to available against the 49ers on Sunday.
- KneeI-R | I-R
Barkley has been moved to the injured reserve list with a torn ACL in his right knee.
- HamstringProb Sun | probable
Tate missed the last game due to a hamstring injury, but he is likely to play Sunday versus the Bears.