NFL Week 2 Primer: Ravens vs. Cardinals

Baltimore enters matchup as 13.5-point favorites

Week 2: Arizona Cardinals at Baltimore Ravens

When:

Sept. 15, 2019m 1 p.m. at M&T Bank Stadium

Spread

Ravens minus-13.5

Series History

Seventh regular-season meeting. The Ravens lead the all-time series 4-2. Baltimore also owns a 2-1 record at M&T Bank Stadium. The most previous meeting occurred in 2015 when the Cardinals had a 26-18 victory in Arizona on Monday Night Football.

By the Numbers

1.8 – Yards per rush the Ravens allowed at Miami last week (21 yards on 12 attempts).

Notable

Under Don Martindale, who became the Ravens' defensive coordinator in 2018, the Ravens have held opponents to 200 yards or fewer five times. ... The Cardinals are just 1-8 playing in an Eastern Time Zone since 2016. ... The Ravens have won three straight home openers by an average score of 33 to 9.

Player Spotlight

Quarterback Lamar Jackson completed 17 of 20 passes for 324 yards, 5 touchdowns and 0 interceptions for a perfect 158.3 passer rating, becoming just the seventh QB in NFL history to accomplish that milestone.

Ravens Game Plan

Offense -- The Ravens' revamped offense shined in a 59-10 victory over the Miami Dolphins in Week 1. Baltimore set franchise records for points, total yards (643), margin of victory (49) and points in a half (42). Rookie Marquise Brown shined in his debut with four receptions for 147 yards and two long touchdowns. Tight end Mark Andrews had a game-high eight receptions for 108 yards and a touchdown. The Ravens will attack the Cardinals much of the same way, especially if Arizona stacks the box to stop the run. The game marks the homecoming for former Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs, who had five tackles, including two sacks, in Arizona's 27-27 tie with the Lions. The Ravens will keep close tabs on Suggs to prevent him from making an impact. Fellow Cardinals linebacker Chandler Jones also had a sack for Arizona, which allowed 477 total yards against the Lions.

Defense -- The Ravens will aggressively attack Cardinals rookie quarterback Kyler Murray, who completed 29 of 54 pass attempts for 308 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in his NFL debut. However, Arizona's offensive line faltered and Murray was sacked fives times. The Ravens finished with three sacks and 12 quarterback hits last week against Miami. Arizona running back David Johnson managed 82 yards on 18 carries to take some of the pressure off Murray. The Cardinals, however, had the worst rushing defense in the NFL last year and face a fierce test against the Ravens, who allowed just 21 yards rushing in Week 1.

Prediction

Ravens 30, Cardinals 10

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