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Giants vs. Ravens 10 Keys


1) Wrap up. By Chris Canty's count, the Giants missed 18 tackles last week in Atlanta. Cleaning those up has been a major emphasis this week, especially with Ray Rice coming out of the backfield for Baltimore.

2) Fast start. Before the Giants broke a sweat on the road last week, they had already thrown an interception, missed a field goal and allowed 14 points – all in the first quarter. Baltimore is 5-2 at M&T Bank Stadium this season and was won 12 straight at home against NFC opponents.

3) Stop the run. Getting to the quarterback is more complicated than the pass rush alone. Plug up the run first and the play action will dry up.

4) Win the turnover battle. The success of New York's defense has been tied to takeaways. Meanwhile, the Giants can't give any away on offense either.

5) Field position. Both offenses are coming off substandard performances. Special teams could come into play in a big way this Sunday, and the Ravens boast return specialist Jacoby Jones, who is the only player in the NFL with three return touchdowns this season.

6) Limit big plays. Quarterback Joe Flacco has the arm and weapons to hit the home run ball. Wide receiver Torrey Smith is often the beneficiary, but both sides will watch his status after leaving last week's game against Denver with a concussion. He is listed as questionable.

7) Where is 20? The Ravens have missed some of their defensive staples this season, but safety Ed Reed has been there each week and needs to be accounted for on every snap. Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata fits that category as well.

8) Green (red) zone. The Giants need to capitalize when they can against a Baltimore defense that ranks second in the NFL inside the 20, having allowed opponents touchdowns just 40.8 percent of the time.

9) Step up. As Victor Cruz proved last year in Week 16, one play can spark a postseason push. Someone needs to get the ball rolling, and it doesn't have to come from the likeliest of players.

10) Finish. Here we go again.

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