The Baltimore Ravens are still trying to figure out what the hell happened. They fell 12-7 to the Jacksonville Jaguars last Monday night, looking awful on the offensive side of the ball. Quarterback Joe Flacco averaged just 3.6 yards per pass attempt for 137 yards and one touchdown to one interception. Ray Rice, usually a reliable option as both a runner and a receiving weapon did neither particularly well, gaining a season low 63 total yards. They will host the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday in what should be an easy win for the would-be Super Bowl contenders. How the Ravens will respond could be critical to their championship hopes.
The Cardinals are coming off their fifth straight loss of the season, falling to the Pittsburgh Steelers 32-20 last week. Coming off a bye, Arizona still couldn't solve the problems that have plagued them all season. A porous secondary was torched once again to the tun of 361 yards through the air, and a struggling running game was held to just 59 yards between running backs Beanie Wells and Alfonso Smith. The passing game led by Kevin Kolb has shown signs of life, but not enough to support a team with too many other holes.
If the Ravens are truly a Lombardi Trophy-caliber squad, they need to show the same focus against the likes of the Tennessee Titans, Jags and Cardinals as they do against the New York Jets and the Steelers. This game looks like a mismatch on paper. If the Ravens are truly worthy of the hype, this game must look like a mismatch on the scoreboard as well.
Game Date/Time: Sunday, October 30; 1:00pm ET
Location: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD
TV Distribution Map: The506.com
Cardinals: KTAR 620AM
Ravens: 98 Rock, WBAL-1090 AM