The Giants (2-3) host the Baltimore Ravens (3-2) on Sunday at MetLife Stadium with both teams seeking to end losing streaks. The issues on both sides are, of course, injuries. With the Giants, their secondary is still undermanned while the Ravens' offensive line and wide receiver corps may not be whole for this game.
Giants' secondary vs. Ravens' passing game
The Giants' pass defense is ripe for the picking. Safeties Nat Berhe (concussion) and Darian Thompson (foot) are out and CBs Eli Apple (groin) and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (groin) are both questionable. Add DE Jason Pierre-Paul (groin) and LB Devon Kennard (concussion) to that mix and the Giants could be down some of their best players.
Apple probably won't play and DRC is likely to be less than 100 percent. The Giants will line up Janoris Jenkins at one corner and hope that they can get something out of DRC. The other corners are Trevin Wade (whose had his troubles), Leon Hall and newly signed Coty Sensabaugh.
The Giants are allowing 261 yards passing per game this season (20th overall) and have held opposing passers to an 85.4 passer rating. They only have two interceptions, however, both by Jenkins last week against the Packers. The pass rush has been struggling as well with only four sacks in the first five games.
Baltimore may not be in position to take advantage of the Giants' injuries. Their passing game has been practically dormant, which is why Marc Trestman was let go as OC and Marty Mornhinweg was promoted. QB Joe Flacco, coming off season-ending knee surgery, has been slow to ramp his career back up. His numbers aren't bad (256 YPG, 12 completions over 20 yards), but has only thrown five TDs versus four interceptions.
The Ravens will likely be without Steve Smith, the savvy and speedy veteran, who has ankle injury and is doubtful this week. WR Mike Wallace (ribs) will play and has been practicing in full this week. He is likely to see the lion's share of the targets this week.
In Smith's place, the Ravens will insert Kamar Aiken and/or Breshad Perriman, whom have only caught 16 passes between them this season. The best bet to see more action this week is TE Dennis Pitta, who leads the club with 28 receptions.
The Giants have been remarkably good against TEs this season, only allowing 53 yards per game. Pitta has proved to be a valuable cog in the Ravens' offense and if the Giants can bottle him up, it will take away a key weapon and force Flacco to look to his wideouts.
You're not going to get rich fantasy-wise in this game. The Ravens have not been kind to the fantasy football crowd this year and with the running game still in flux and the passing game stuck in neutral. The Giants are hoping it stays stuck for another week.