Everything You Need to Know: Ravens vs. Cardinals

Week-2

Basics

Kickoff: 1 p.m., M&T Bank Stadium

TV: FOX Channel 45 (Baltimore), FOX crew (Brandon Gaudin, Cris Carter, Peter Schrager)

Radio: WBAL (1090 AM/101.5 FM) & 98Rock (97.9 FM), Ravens crew (Gerry Sandusky, Jarret Johnson)

Jersey color: White

Gameday Features

The Ravens’ iconic shield logo will return to midfield for Sunday’s game. M&T Bank Stadium has not featured the midfield shield since 2015.

Former defensive tackle Haloti Ngata will serve as the Ravens Legend of the Game. The Ravens will also acknowledge the University of Maryland national champion women’s lacrosse team, two-time super featherweight world champion and Baltimore native Gervonta Davis, and Major General Linda Singh of the Maryland Army National Guard, who is retiring after 38 years of service.

Each fan will receive a Ravens flag courtesy of gameday sponsor M&T Bank. Lamar Jackson, the AFC Offensive Player of the Week, will be the last player introduced out of the tunnel by new PA announcer Greg Davis.

Stakes

A victory would keep the Ravens in sole possession of first place in the AFC North and continue the momentum from their big Week 1 win. The Ravens are 9-2 in home openers under Head Coach John Harbaugh and have a chance to start 2-0 for the second time in three years. The Cardinals will be seeking their first victory for new Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury after a 27-27 tie against the Detroit Lions in Week 1.

History

The Ravens hold a 4-2 lead in the all-time series. However, the Cardinals captured the most recent meeting in 2015, taking a 26-18 decision in Arizona. Former Cardinal turned Ravens safety Tony Jefferson sealed that game with an interception in the end zone with 13 seconds left.

Key Storylines

Will the Ravens’ offense keep rolling?

Baltimore had the NFL’s most impressive offensive performance in Week 1, scoring 59 points against the Miami Dolphins. Lamar Jackson threw five touchdown passes with a perfect quarterback rating (158.3) and was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week. That’s a tough act to follow, but another stellar performance would help validate the Ravens as a much-improved offensive team.

How will Terrell Suggs fare in his Baltimore homecoming?

After 16 seasons with the Ravens, Suggs will return in just his second game for the Cardinals. It will undoubtedly be surreal for Suggs, wearing a different uniform in the stadium where he had so many terrific moments. The Ravens’ all-time sack leader still has many friends on the team, but Sunday the Ravens will try to spoil Suggs’ day.

Will Baltimore’s rushing attack overwhelm the Cardinals defense?

The Ravens averaged 8.8 yards per carry last week, led by Mark Ingram II, who set the tone by gashing the Dolphins with a 49-yard run on the first play from scrimmage. Meanwhile, Arizona gave up 116 yards on the ground to Detroit in Week 1, and the Cardinals had the league’s worst rushing defense last season. The Ravens will be difficult to stop offensively if Arizona can’t control the running game.

Key Matchups

WR Marquise Brown vs. Cardinals secondary

Brown announced his blazing speed to the NFL by scoring touchdowns on his first two catches last week. Arizona is still missing Pro Bowl cornerback Patrick Peterson, who’s serving a six-game suspension for violating the league’s performance-enhancement drug policy. The Cardinals gave up 361 yards passing in their opener, and Brown’s explosiveness could lead to more highlights.

RB Mark Ingram II vs. Cardinals run defense

Ingram was the tone-setter for the Ravens’ offense in Week 1. With 107 yards on just 14 carries last weekend, Ingram enters this game fresh and energized for his home debut in a Baltimore uniform. If the Cardinals don’t contain Ingram, the Ravens could have another huge offensive day.

Ravens defense vs. Cardinals QB Kyler Murray

For a rookie quarterback, Baltimore is not the place to be. The Ravens are 15-2 all time at home against rookie quarterbacks, making this a difficult assignment for Murray in his first road game. The last rookie quarterback to win in Baltimore was the Chicago Bears No. 2-overall pick Mitchell Trubisky, who was also making his first career road start, in 2017. With an accurate arm, mobility and a competitive nature, Murray’s talent is obvious. It’s why he was the first-overall pick this year. However, the schemes of Ravens Defensive Coordinator Wink Martindale can create problems for any quarterback, particularly someone as young as Murray.

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