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#267 Arizona
Cardinals 41.5
#268 Baltimore
Ravens -13

Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 1:00pm

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Arizona Cardinals vs Baltimore Ravens

Where: M&T Bank Stadium

When: Sunday, September 15, 2019, 1:00 pm ET

The NFC meets the AFC when the Arizona Cardinals and Baltimore Ravens meet at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore Maryland when the Arizona Cardinals and Baltimore Ravens meet on Sunday, September 15, 2019. This will be the seventh meeting between the two tackle football teams with the Ravens holding a 4-2 series edge.

Arizona comes into this matchup with a 0-0-1 record after their dramatic, come from behind tie with the Detroit Lions. Baltimore is 1-0 on the young season after a 59-10 thrashing on the road over the Miami Dolphins.

 

Cardinals Come from behind Tie Against Detroit

The Cardinals opened their 2019 season at home, scored 18 fourth-quarter points and ended up finishing their game with the Detroit Lions. Rookie quarterback Kyler Murray made his NFL debut and threw for 308 yards and two touchdowns with an interception to lead Arizona to the 27-27 tie with the Lions. It was a solid start to what looks like a good career and next up is the Baltimore Ravens.

After an understandably shaky first half, Murray finished strong and must travel to face a Baltimore Ravens defense that hammered the Miami Dolphins last week. The Ravens recorded three sacks last week and the Arizona offensive line must figure out quickly how to protect Murray after allowing him to be sacked five times in their tie with the Lions.

Cardinals running back David Johnson rushed for 82 yards on 18 carries with an additional 55 receiving yards and his first receiving touchdown of the season. Baltimore allowed just 21 rushing yards in their opening game rout over the Dolphins and Johnson will have his work cut out for him on Sunday afternoon.

Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald hauled in eight of his 13 targets for 113 yards and a touchdown and wide receiver Christian Kirk caught four of the 12 balls fired his way for 32 yards. Wide receiver Keesean Johnson was the third receiver to see double-digit targets, catching five of his 10 targets for 46 yards. Baltimore allowed 190 receiving yards and that is going to make things difficult for this talented trio on Sunday in Baltimore.

Terrell Suggs talks his return to Baltimore.

“When the schedule came out, I was like, ‘Yeah, I’m going to downplay it as just another game.’ But we all know that’d be (expletive),” Suggs said. “It’s kind of a unique situation, isn’t it? It’s kind of weird. Everybody is just kind of anxious to see what it’s going to be like.”

The Cardinals were 1-4 in the Red Zone and committed one turnover against Detroit on Sunday. Arizona was flagged seven times for 35 yards in their tie with the Lions.

Ravens Thrash Miami in Road Opening Win

Baltimore went to Miami and slammed the Dolphins by a score of 59-10. Quarterback Lamar Jackson threw for five touchdown passes and running back Mark Ingram II rushed for 107 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead the Ravens to their road opening pummeling over the Dolphins last Sunday. It was an impressive display of tackle football on the part of the Ravens and next up is the Arizona Cardinals.

Jackson was fantastic in his season opener, throwing for 324 yards and completed 85 percent of his passes. Jackson was sacked once and didn’t throw a pick in his brilliant performance against Miami. He’s up against a Cardinals team that allowed Matthew Stafford to throw for 361 passing yards and three touchdowns and I will bet Jackson is licking his chops at the prospect of lining up against this defense at home on Sunday.

Ingram had a nice game for the Ravens and is currently listed as questionable for Sunday and was a limited participant at Wednesday’s practice. Arizona allowed 116 rushing yards last week to the Lions and if Ingram can go, and he will likely play, the veteran running back could have a big day on Sunday.

Five different Ravens caught touchdown passes against Miami, led by rookie wide receiver Marquise Brown. Brown nabbed four of his five targets for 147 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead the way. Brown was also a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice. Tight end Mark Andrews was the other Raven to have triple-digit receiving yards, catching all eight of his targets for 108 yards and a touchdown. The Cardinals allowed 385 receiving yards to the Lions and Baltimore could exploit the weak Cardinals secondary Sunday afternoon.

The Ravens were 5-7 inside the Red Zone last Sunday without a turnover and were penalized four times for 40 yards against the Dolphins.

Updated on Sep 15 at 4:25am EDT

Update prepared by our editoral staff

Public Money / Line Movements

The line has stayed true at Baltimore -13 all week which is consistent with the fact that the bets have been split 50/50.

Injury / Weather Report

Arizona’s Impact Injury Report

Questionable: DE Jonathan Bullard

Out: OL Lamont Gaillardl 

Baltimore’s Impact Injury Report

Questionable: DB Marlon Humphrey, WR Marquise Brown, and TE Mark Andrews.

Out: DB Jimmy Smith

Gametime Weather: Sunny with temps in the lower 80s

The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.

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Baltimore smoked Miami and now they get to play the Dolphins of the West at home on Sunday. Baltimore has superior defense and while the Cardinals and Murray looked very good in the fourth quarter against Detroit, the Ravens defense isn’t the Lions and they won’t have any fourth-quarter mental lapses like Detroit did in their road tie to Arizona.

Jackson was awesome last Sunday on the road and he should be able to do whatever he likes against the Cardinals defense. He distributes the ball well and spreads it out nicely with an offensive line that actually protects him. Murray can’t say that and will likely be spending plenty of time on his back with all the pressure Baltimore will surely bring.

I’m laying the wood and playing the Ravens to cover on Sunday.

Prediction: Ravens -13 Points

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There’s a likelihood that Baltimore may not score 59 points against Arizona as they did against Miami. That is true and they don’t need to score that many points for this game to exceed the total on Sunday.

I fully expect Arizona to score a couple of touchdowns based on the momentum that is likely to carry over from last week. I also expect Baltimore to score six touchdowns against a Cardinals defense that in many ways resemble the Dolphins defense. The difference is Baltimore is now at home and they should be very comfortable knowing they can score at will against Arizona and mostly keep the Cardinals out of the end zone.

I’m planning on playing the OVER on Sunday!!

Prediction: Over 46.5 Points

Phil Naessens

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