Baltimore Ravens (0-0) vs. Arizona Cardinals (0-0)
August 21, 2022 8:00 pm EDT
The Line: Baltimore Ravens -6.5 / Arizona Cardinals +6.5 ; Over/Under: 41.5
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The Arizona Cardinals and Baltimore Ravens clash Sunday night in week 2 NFL preseason action from University of Phoenix Stadium. This will be the second exhibition outing for both teams. The Ravens took a 13-point win over the Titans last week. As for Arizona, they’re coming off a 13-point win as well, theirs versus the Bengals. Check back all season long for free NFL picks at Sports Chat Place.
The Ravens were looking great after 11 games last year, sitting at 8-3 overall. Baltimore hit the skids late in the season however, finishing 8-9 thanks to a six-game losing streak (all by a combined eight points). That left the Ravens in the basement of the AFC North and out of the playoffs.
The Ravens started out the 2022 preseason with a victory over the Titans 23-10. Baltimore kept Tennessee off the scoreboard completely in the second half. QB Tyler Huntley finished with 109 yards and a score, while Shemar Bridges led the receivers on 62 yards and a TD from four grabs.
Over on the Cardinals’ side, they had a pretty solid regular-season run in 2021, going 11-6 overall for a second-place NFC West finish. Arizona earned a playoff spot (their first since 2015). In the Wild Card Playoffs however, the Cardinals fell to the Rams 34-11 to end their campaign.
In their first preseason activity versus the Bengals, the Cardinals performed pretty well. Arizona outscored Cincinnati 23-9 in the first half on the way to a 36-23 victory. QB Trace McSorely led the team on 163 yards and a score, while Jonathan Ward snagged a pair of touchdowns and 15 yards off six rushes.
PICK: I’m going to try the Cardinals here. Arizona did some great things against the Bengals in their first exhibition game, including holding a 36-9 edge after three quarters. The Cardinals had 23 first downs, zero turnovers, just two penalties and went 6-of-11 on third-down tries.
As for Baltimore, they controlled the Titans game pretty well with 389 total yards, 5.6 yards per play and 35:32 in time of possession. I like this one to be a fairly close matchup, with Arizona eking out a cover. Should be fun for a preseason game.