Arizona at Baltimore
Time: NOON (CT), FOX
Spread: BAL -14
Odds c/o 5dimes
The Baltimore Ravens embarrassed the Miami Dolphins 59-10 in Week 1. It turns to its home field for its home opener in Week 2, hosting the Arizona Cardinals as 14-point favorites according to NFL oddsmakers at 5dimes. The betting total is set at 44.5 points, and the game will kick off at Noon (CT) Sunday on FOX.
Baltimore obliterated the hapless Miami Dolphins in Week 1. Lamar Jackson looked as dominant as he did at Louisville during his NCAA career, completing 85 percent (17 of 20) of his looks for 324 yards, five touchdowns, and a hefty passer rating of 158.3.
Jackson rushed just three times for six yards, but the rest of the Ravens picked up 265 total rushing yards, with Mark Ingram’s 107 yards on 14 carries, and his two touchdowns, leading the way for Baltimore. Marquise Brown caught 4 of 5 targeted passes for a team-high 147 yards and two touchdowns, and Mark Andrews caught another eight for 108 yards and a TD.
Willie Snead IV and Hayden Hurst each had 41 receiving yards, and Snead had one of the six total receiving TDs. The Ravens averaged an outstanding 16.5 yards-per-reception. Also via the rush, Gus Edwards had 56 yards on a team-high 17 attempts, and Anthony Levine Sr. rushed one time for a 60-yard pickup. The Ravens held Miami to just 200 total yards in the game while forcing Ryan Fitzpatrick into an interception and five sacks. The Dolphins managed just 21 yards on 12 rushing attempts, and the Ravens picked up three sacks and seven tackles-for-loss while Earl Thomas and Marlon Humphrey also both had interceptions.
The Arizona Cardinals tied 27-27 with the Detroit Lions in Week 1. Rookie quarterback Kyler Murray had a good game, but it was not without its blemishes. Murray threw 29 of 54 for completion while racking up 308 yards and two touchdowns. He did, however, throw an interception and suffer five sacks for a total loss of 33 yards. He also averaged just 5.7 yards-per-reception, while his backfield was helpful with his 112 yards picked up on 23 rush attempts.
David Johnson led all rushers with 82 yards on 18 carries, and Murray rushed three times for 13 yards, though he did have a nine-yard pickup on one play.
Star receiver Larry Fitzgerald caught 8 of 13 targeted passes for 113 yards and a TD, while Johnson added another 55 yards on six catches with a TD, out of the backfield. KeeSean Johnson caught five for 46 yards, Damiere Byrd added another 42 yards, and Christian Kirk caught for 32 yards, as well. The Cardinals got a monster defensive performance from Jordan Hicks. He had 14 tackles (7 solos) with two tackles-for-loss.
The Cardinals had eight tackles-for-loss as a team and it put 11 quarterback hits on Lions’ quarterback Matthew Stafford, who threw just 27 of 45 and lost 24-yards on the three sacks. If it can apply similar pressure on Jackson it might be able to force some mistakes, but the Ravens come in as the hotter team and Jackson looked almost as dominant as he did in the NCAA in his season opener last week.
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