Baltimore Ravens (1-5) at Arizona Cardinals (4-2)
|Date & Time||Monday October 26, 2015, 8:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Arizona Cardinals -7.5 -- Over/Under: 48
The Baltimore Ravens and Arizona Cardinals square off Monday night at U of Phoenix Stadium.
The Baltimore Ravens look for their second road win in order to climb out of a 1-5 hole. Joe Flacco is completing 62.3 percent of his passes for 1,605 yards, eight touchdowns and seven interceptions. Flacco has thrown at least one pick in five of the six games this year. Steve Smith and Kamar Aiken have combined for 775 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Crockett Gillmore has 13 receptions. The Baltimore Ravens ground game is averaging 111.2 yards per contest, and Justin Forsett leads the way with 457 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Baltimore is allowing 27 points and 380.7 yards per game. Daryl Smith leads the Ravens with 55 tackles, Lawrence Guy has three sacks and Lardarius Webb has five pass deflections. Kendrick Lewis, Chris Canty and Darren Waller are questionable.
The Arizona Cardinals look for a big home victory to improve to 5-2 on the season. Carson Palmer is completing 64.8 percent of his passes for 1,737 yards, 14 touchdowns and five interceptions. Palmer has five touchdown passes in his last three games. Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown have combined for 1,080 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Michael Floyd has 13 receptions. The Arizona Cardinals ground game is averaging 121.5 yards per contest, and Chris Johnson leads the way with 445 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Arizona is allowing 19.2 points and 328.7 yards per game. Deone Bucannon leads the Cardinals with 42 tackles, Kevin Minter has eight tackles for loss and Rashad Johnson has three interceptions. Earl Watford is questionable.
The Ravens are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Monday games and 0-5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Cardinals are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 home games and 21-9 ATS in their last 30 games overall. The Ravens are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
I have no faith in the Ravens, as Flacco still makes rookie mistakes and it doesn't help that he has limited weapons outside of Smith. Also, Baltimore's defense is questionable at best and is allowing big plays left and right. The Cardinals are one of the better teams in the league regardless of how they looked last week.
I expect a bounce back performance from the Cards, which includes a double-digit victory on primetime.