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4 keys to the New York Giants’ win against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday

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The New York Giants take the field Sunday in NFL Week 6 looking for another key win, this time over a Baltimore Ravens team that is considered one of the best teams in the NFL.

This will be the toughest test for New York this season as they will face Lamar Jackson, one of the most dynamic quarterbacks in the league. Fortunately for the Giants, defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale spent the previous 10 seasons with the Ravens as their linebackers coach (2012-2017) and defensive coordinator (2018-2021).

However, it will take more than Martindale’s familiarity with Baltimore to win. Here are three keys to a New York Giants victory on Sunday.

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Feed Saquon Barkley the football

When you get the ball in Saquon Barkley’s hands, good things will happen. Through the first five weeks of the season, the star running back was the league’s most productive offensive player, leading the NFL with 676 all-purpose yards.

The Ravens defense this year is not as strong as it is traditionally. They occupy the 28thth in total defense they are giving up 398.2 yards per game and surrendering 108 yards per game on the ground.

New York needs to get the ball in Barkley’s hands at least 25 times because he’s going to make a big play eventually. If he can put up 125 all-purpose yards or more, another win will come.

Features Lamar Jackson’s running ability

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This task is much easier said than done as Jackson’s 374 rushing yards are 10thth the most in the NFL and the most of any quarterback. He already has a 2-100-yard rushing performance on the season and is a threat to score whenever he struggles. It will take a tremendous effort by all 11 members of the defense to contain the elusive quarterback, especially when Martindale makes a snap.

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Martindale may try to have one of his players — perhaps Xavier McKinney or Julian Love — spy on Jackson on certain occasions. Jackson is a more than capable passer, but is most dangerous with his feet. If New York can limit the big plays they usually make with their feet, their chances of winning increase.

Don’t be beaten by Mark Andrews

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When Jackson throws the ball, his favorite target is Aunt Mark Andrews. Andrew leads the Ravens in receptions (32), receiving yards (349) and receiving touchdowns with four.

Whether it’s a linebacker like Jaylon Smith or a defensive back, New York needs to keep Andrews from being a factor and force one of the other pass catchers to beat them.

Winning the battle for a turnaround

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Believe it or not, the Giants are the only team in the NFL without an interception on the season. They hope that fact changes on Sunday as Jackson has thrown five interceptions this year.

Daniel Jones is playing the best football of his career and has done a much better job of securing the ball. He’ll have to continue this against Baltimore and hope New York’s defense creates some turnovers on its own. These are two evenly matched teams and whoever wins the turnover battle will likely win this game.

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Prediction

There are several similarities between the two teams. Both have mobile defenders and rely heavily on their defender. But perhaps the biggest similarity between these two teams is that they have arguably the best two kickers in the league in Graham Gano and Justin Tucker.

This game could come down to which offense has the last ball and puts their team in position to kick the winning field goal. Look for Jones and Barley to lead a last minute drive setting up Gano for the win.

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