Kevin Cadle believes the New York Giants need to wake up from their slump if they are to retain the title.
Last Updated: 20/12/12 3:41pm
The second clash in Sky Sports' NFL double-header on Sunday sees the champion New York Giants travel to M&T Bank Stadium to take on the Baltimore Ravens.
Both teams have struggled of late with the Giants losing top spot in the NFC East following back-to-back defeats, although our NFL expert Kevin Cadle still believes they can win on the road against a Ravens side who have lost three straight.
New York Giants (8-6) @ Baltimore Ravens (9-5), Sun 9.15pm, Sky Sports 2HD
The Giants have to come back around. They have to wake up. They've been living off the fact that last year they did it and two or three years ago they did it.
This is the time of year the Giants come alive, it's a light bulb you can turn on and off. You start listening that and believe that palaver. That's what is happening with the New York Giants right now. They are starting to believe in their own press that they can do this. It just doesn't happen that way.
It hasn't been the greatest of years for Eli Manning at the quarterback position with Hakeem Nicks being down all the time. He's had a lot of injuries in his receiver corps.
Offensively they've been a bit out of sync. Defensively they give up a lot of yards, but they don't concede a lot of points.
That's the things with both the Giants and the Ravens - they give up a lot of yards but one is 12th and one is 13th in points allowed, so they are there or thereabouts when it comes to surrendering points, but they are really some of the worst in the league with regards to yards allowed.
It's going to be hard to pull it out of the bag against this Ravens team but offensively Baltimore are so flakey you just don't know what's going to happen.
They fired their offensive co-ordinator a week ago and things didn't look a lot better against San Diego. They really didn't start scoring until the second half. They have a lot of work to do to find out basically who the heck they are. You don't know who they are.
You talk about both quarterbacks - Joe Flacco and Manning - and both of them have been very inconsistent in their play this year. This is going to be one of those games where one of them is going to find their way. It's going to be interesting to see which one does that.
The Ravens are the real deal as far as the AFC North goes because they did enough early in the season to put themselves in the position they are in. They've done enough to legitimise their stake.
But as far as being a team that you have to be afraid of in the play-offs - I don't see it. Baltimore is one of those teams you want to play in the play-offs.
Kev's Call... The Ravens haven't been holding home of late so you can't really give them home field advantage, but I'll go with the home team. Both of them have so many problems.