It seems like it was just yesterday that football aficionados were waiting for what felt like an eternity for the 2016 NFL season to begin.
Yet, here we are, heading into a Week 6 that projects to be laden with enough storylines and plot twists to make an American election cycle jealous.
One of the most intriguing and underrated matchups of Week 6 will take place in East Rutherford, NJ, as the 3-2 Baltimore Ravens travel north to take on the struggling New York Giants (2-3) on Sunday.
The Ravens got off to a fast start to the season, but come into this game with virtually zero momentum after losing two in a row, and need a win in the worst way to keep up with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC North.
The Giants have been in a funk as well of late. New York’s fallen to 2-3 after losing three in a row, which is good for last place in the always unpredictable NFC East. Thus, losing at home would be devastating for the Giants.
So, will John Harbaugh’s bunch pull off a crucial road win in a tough environment to prove their 3-0 start was no fluke, or will Ben McAdoo’s Giants right the ship and ultimately finish victorious in front of the MetLife Stadium faithful?
Find out with these bold predictions.
Joe Flacco Looks Lost All Game
Joe Flacco’s had a solid career with the Baltimore Ravens, and no one can take his Super Bowl ring away from him. This isn’t up for debate.
However, let’s be honest: Flacco simply isn’t an “elite” quarterback.
Through five games, Flacco’s tallied 1,282 passing yards, five TDs, and four interceptions through the air. This isn’t an impressive stat line, and the two rushing touchdowns he’s scored don’t make up for the mistakes he’s made this season.
In their Week 5 loss, the Ravens only scored 10 points against Washington’s incredibly vulnerable defense. Joe mustered just 210 yards and one TD over 46 pass attempts, and failed to lead Baltimore on a single scoring drive in the second half.
According to CSN Mid-Atlantic, Flacco admitted he was embarrassed after the game.
“It’s embarrassing to run off the field in front of your home fans, in front of your teammates. Our defense is putting up awesome fights every week, and we’re just running off the field, basically. So, it doesn’t feel good as the quarterback, as the leader of the offense, to continue to do that.
“I’m going to stand tall. I’m going to take it. It definitely is not fun.”
The New York Giants defense has been far from impregnable this season, but should play well enough to fluster Flacco, rendering him ineffective all game.
Odell Beckham, Jr. Electrifies
After becoming a distraction due to his absolutely outrageous behavior during the first few weeks of the 2016 NFL season, Giants superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. appeared to be focused solely on football in Week 5 against the Green Bay Packers.
Beckham, Jr. tallied five receptions for 56 yards and one TD in a losing effort, and even made peace with kicking nets worldwide after taking his frustrations out on one in a fit of rage back in Week 3.
In all seriousness, I firmly believe Odell is mentally back on track. Expect him to electrify in Week 6 despite the seemingly difficult matchup against Baltimore.
Giants Stop The Bleeding, Win By No Less Than A Touchdown
According to Pro Football Locks, the swell folks in Las Vegas favor the Giants by three points over Baltimore. This essentially means the powers that be believe these two teams are evenly matched, and New York gets a field goal edge for playing at home.
Led by a sensational effort from Odell Beckham, Jr. and a solid fourth quarter pass rush generated by their defensive line, the Giants will cement a victory by no less than a touchdown, and the Ravens will sadly head home a .500 team wondering how they managed to squander their impressive 3-0 start.
Giants Win 27-20
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