Cardinals Vs. Ravens: Ray Rice Scores Three Touchdowns, Ravens Rally Against Cards

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Beanie Wells Injury Update: Cardinals RB Considers Knee Injury A Year-Long Ailment

Arizona Cardinals running back Beanie Wells had to battle Sunday afternoon as he compiled 83 rushing yards and a touchdown on 22 rushes against the Baltimore Ravens. He finished with a respectable fantasy total, but the numbers were tough to come by for him as he continues to deal with his knee injury. Wells suffered a bruise last week and was questionable to play on Sunday.

After the game, Wells told the media that his knee injury is one that will probably bother him for most of the year. If that's the case, it will be interesting to see how much he practices each week. He is likely to be somewhat limited this week and that also means he will probably be a bit of a game-time decision throughout the season. Wells is off to a strong start but has to show he can handle a full season as the main guy.

Wells faces a solid matchup next Sunday against the St. Louis Rams and will look to rest up enough to get the start. If he is forced to miss any more time this season, Alfonso Smith and LaRod Stephens-Howling will get the carries.

For more on the Cardinals, check out Revenge of the Birds. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Ed Dickson Fantasy Stats: Not Much From Ravens TE

Ed Dickson is not a fantasy football threat, and that's for a reason. But he did have an above-average game on Sunday. The Ravens tight end caught six passes for 46 yards against the Cardinals. He did not catch a touchdown pass, but neither did anyone on for Baltimore.

Running back Ray Rice had all three of the Ravens touchdowns on the ground in a 30-27 win against Arizona.

Dickson had 223 receiving yards on the season with 1 touchdown entering Week 8. Dickson was averaging 37 yards receiving per game. Dickson's receiving yards per game was up nearly 30 yards per game from last season.

Dickson was ranked as the 15th ranked tight end according to Yahoo! heading into his match up with the Arizona Cardinals.

For more on the Ravens head over to our Ravens blog Baltimore Beatdown. For more information on the Cardinals head on over to our Cardinals blog Revenge of the Birds.

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Torrey Smith Fantasy Stats: Quiet Day For Ravens WR

Torrey Smith had a big game for the Ravens in terms of getting the win, but not a huge game in terms of fantasy football stats. Smith caught  three passes for 57 yards but also had a problem dropping the football. He did not score a touchdown (Ravens running back Ray Rice did the bulk of the TD-scoring for Baltimore).

Smith had 269 receiving yards on the season with 3 touchdowns entering Week 8. Smith was averaging 45 yards receiving per game. Smith is having a nice rookie season and has shown he can be an explosive addition in the passing game.

Smith was ranked as the 27th ranked wide receiver according to Yahoo! heading into his match up with the Arizona Cardinals.

For more on the Cardinals head over to our Cardinals blog Revenge of the Birds. For more information on the Ravens head on over to our Ravens blog Baltimore Beatdown.

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Larry Fitzgerald Fantasy Stats: Big Plays But No Touchdowns

Larry Fitzgerald caught three passes from Kevin Kolb, including one that went for 66 yards, didn't have a huge fantasy football impact. He finished with 98 yards receiving and did not score a touchdown in the Cardinals near-upset of the Ravens, a 30-27 loss.

Kolb only threw for 153 yards on the day, meaning Fitzgerald accounted for about 2/3 of the Cardinals pass attack. But Early Doucet caught the lone TD pass from Kolb.

Fitzgerald had 505 receiving yards on the season with 2 touchdowns entering Week 8. Fitzgerald was averaging 84 yards receiving per game. Fitzgerald receiving yards per game are up nearly 15 yards per game from last season.

Fitzgerald was ranked as the 19th ranked wide receiver according to Yahoo! heading into his match up with the Baltimore Ravens.

For more on the Cardinals head over to our Cardinals blog Revenge of the Birds. For more information on the Ravens head on over to our Ravens blog Baltimore Beatdown.

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Kevin Kolb Fantasy Stats: Not Much From Cardinals QB

Kevin Kolb almost orchestrated an upset win against the Ravens on Sunday, but he didn't do too much in the realm of fantasy stats. The Cardinals quarterback threw for 153 yards and a touchdown, but he also threw a pick and completed less than 50 percent of his passes.

Kolb's biggest play of the game came when he connected with Larry Fitzgerald for a 66-yard pass. He found the Cardinals receiver three times and Fitzgerald finished with 98 yards receiving.

Kolb had 1,553 passing yards on the season with 7 touchdowns in the air and 7 interceptions. Kolb was averaging 258 yards passing per game. Kolb's passing yards were up nearly 100 yards per game from last season.

Kolb was ranked as the 20th ranked quarterback according to Yahoo! heading into his match up with the Baltimore Ravens.

For more on the Cardinals head over to our Cardinals blog Revenge of the Birds. For more information on the Ravens head on over to our Ravens blog Baltimore Beatdown.

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Joe Flacco Fantasy Stats: Ravens QB Has Big Second Half

Joe Flacco rebounded from a terrible start to put up decent stats in Week 8. Flacco threw for 336 yards in a 30-27 win against the Cardinals, but he pass for any touchdowns with running back Ray Rice hogging the scores, and fantasy points.

Coming off an abysmal performance against the Jaguars in Week 7, Joe Flacco drew a favorable fantasy matchup against the Arizona Cardinals, missing ballhawking safety Kerry Rhodes and the offseason trade departure of CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

Flacco has more weapons this year than he's had in years past, with Anquan Boldin performing at a higher level than last year, a legitimate deep threat in rookie Torrey Smith and two reliable pass-catching tight ends in Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta. How he uses them in Week 8 will be the real story.

For more on Flacco and his matchup with the Cardinals, check out Ravens blog, Baltimore Beat Down, and our Cardinals blog, Revenge of the Birds. Also be sure to check out all of our fantasy football news and video highlights of the best Week 8 action.    

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NFL Scores Week 8, Cardinals Vs. Ravens: Baltimore, Ray Rice Overcome Feisty Arizona, 30-27

Baltimore spotted Arizona a three-touchdown second quarter lead — and the Ravens still came back to win in regulation.

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Cardinals Vs. Ravens: Baltimore Run Quiets Upset Watch

One week after losing to the Jaguars on Monday Night Football, the Ravens are trying to avoid another upset vs. the Cardinals. Arizona jumped out to a 24-6 lead at halftime, but the Ravens have scored three second-half touchdowns to reclaim the lead, 27-24, early in the fourth quarter.

Running back Ray Rice has been an effective closer with three touchdowns. He capped two long third-quarter drives with one-yard TD runs, then punched in the go-ahead score after Kevin Kolb tossed an interception in Cardinals territory. Joe Flacco has relied on Anquan Boldin, who has seven catches for 145 yards. 

Here's video of the go-ahead TD:

The Ravens struggled mightily in the first half, which included this highlight reel video of Patrick Peterson's punt return for a touchdown where half the Baltimore kick coverage team whiffed at a chance to make a tackle.

For more on the Ravens, head over to our Ravens blog, Baltimore Beat Down. For more on the Cardinals head over to our Cardinals blog, Revenge of the Birds. For more information on Week 8 in the NFL and fantasy news, follow this StorySteam.

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Anquan Boldin Fantasy: Ravens WR Having Way With Former Team

Anquan Boldin really hasn't been the same player he once was for a couple years now. Facing his former team, though, seems to have been just what he needed. The Baltimore Ravens wide receiver has 145 yards receiving on seven catches as the game approaches the end of the third quarter.

Chances are you weren't expecting much from Boldin, as he was mostly a fantasy afterthought this year. Fake Teams had him ranked as the 23rd best wide receiver at the start of the season. Heading into Sunday's game, he had been a nice surprise, averaging 65.7 yards per game. That's roughly what he averaged two years ago when he was still a reasonable fantasy option. He was also averaging 14.6 yard per catch, more than he's ever averaged over the course of an entire season.

Boldin was, of course, playing against the Cardinals back then. This was his first game playing against his old team. 

For more on Boldin's fantasy assets, be sure to check out Fake Teams. Fore more on the Ravens, visit Baltimore Beatdown.

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Ray Rice Fantasy Stats: Ravens Running Back Goes Wild In Second Half

Ray Rice went nuts in the second half, scoring three touchdowns to bring Baltimore back in a 30-27 win against the Cardinals. The Ravens running back finished with just 63 yards (only 16 in the second half) but he was a beast around the goal line.

The Ravens was offense comatose in the first half against the Cardinals, but  Rice still managed to amass 47 yards on 11 carries. In the second half, he traded yards for scores (and lots of fantasy football points).

The Ravens trail 24-6 at half, so they might have to air it out in the second half to keep up, but if Rice can get Baltimore in the end zone he's looking like the only offensive player on the Ravens would could salvage a decent fantasy outing.

Rice had 426 rushing yards and 337 receiving yards on the season with 2 touchdowns on the ground and 2 in the air. Rice was averaging 71 yards rushing and 56 yards receiving per game. Rice's rushing yards were up nearly 5 yards per game from last season.

Rice was ranked as the 4th ranked running back according to Yahoo! heading into his match up with the Arizona Cardinals.

For more on the Cardinals head over to our Cardinals blog Revenge of the Birds. For more information on the Ravens head on over to our Ravens blog Baltimore Beatdown.

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VIDEO: Patrick Peterson Punt Return Is Must-See

Patrick Peterson provided the highlight of the day (so far) with this punt return (video below) against the Ravens. It was Peterson's second punt return for a touchdown this season. Peterson took this one 82 yards to the house.

The Cardinals have surprised Baltimore so far on Sunday, leading 24-3. The Ravens defense has been its usual, staunch self , but the offense has been non-existent (or worse -- setting up the Cards with a short field), and Peterson has sparked Arizona on special teams.

On the ensuing possession after the touchdown return, Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco threw an interception that led to seven more points for the Cardinals on a four-play, 25-yard touchdown drive.

Here's the video of the return:

ESPN.com's Jamison Hensley summed it up:

I counted five #Ravens getting a hand on Peterson on that punt return for a touchdown.
Oct 30 via EchofonFavoriteRetweetReply

 

For more on the Cardinals head over to our Cardinals blog Revenge of the Birds. For more information on Week 8 in the NFL and fantasy news, follow this StorySteam.

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Beanie Wells Status Update: Cardinals' RB 'Likely To Play'

Arizona Cardinals starting running back Beanie Wells is likely to play with a knee injury, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, but how much action he gets remains to be seen.

The Cardinals are facing the Baltimore Ravens this week, who are allowing the third-fewest rushing yards in the league, so even if Wells were at full strength, this would be a tough matchup. The guy who will get the carries Wells can't handle will likely be speedster LaRod Stephens-Howling. In other weeks, he'd be a starting option, but against the Ravens, you should really consider other options.

If Wells is a full go, he might get a touchdown. He's been, shockingly, a very reliable fantasy performer when healthy, but his recent streak of game-time decision injuries has been frustrating for owners and fantasy writers alike. We feel your pain.

For more on Wells' injury issues, visit Cardinals blog Revenge of the Birds. For his opponent, visit Ravens blog Baltimore Beat Down.

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Todd Heap Status Update: Game Time Decision With Hamstring

Arizona Cardinals tight end Todd Heap will be a game time decision as he gets ready to try and face the Baltimore Ravens, his former team. Heap was inactive last week dealing with the hamstring injury and was limited in practice all week. Heap's season as is has been disappointing however, with just 150 receiving yards in only 4 games.

If Heap is out and you're desperate for a bye week or injury tight end play, look for Rob Housler to get a lot of playing time. The rookie tight end has shown flashes of speed at the position and could prove to be a tough match up for linebackers in coverage down the seam and the sidelines. Housler really likes in blocking, but as a receiving threat he has upside.

For more on the Cardinals head over to our Cardinals blog Revenge of the Birds. For more information on Week 8 in the NFL and fantasy news, follow this StorySteam.

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Cardinals Vs. Ravens: TV Schedule, Game Time Announcers And More

The Baltimore Ravens are reeling after 12-7 upset loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday night. Baltimore will host the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday in what they hope should be an easy win against a 1-5 opponent.

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NFL Picks And Predictions Week 8: Cardinals Vs. Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens will look to get back on track this weekend against the Arizona Cardinals. The Week 8 picks and predictions all lean in favor of the Ray Rice led Ravens.

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Beanie Wells Injury Update: Cardinals RB Surprises By Returning To Practice

In a bit of surprising news, Arizona Cardinals running back Beanie Wells returned to practice on Thursday in a limited fashion. Wells left Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers with what was eventually diagnosed as a bone bruise and was initially expected to miss a week or two. The injury was on the same knee he had surgery on last year.

Adam Schefter also reported that Wells felt he would be able to play this Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens and Ken Whisenhunt expects some additional practice for him on Friday. This is positive momentum for Wells, but given the opponent and the quick turnaround with the injury, Wells is a questionable start at best this Sunday. If he is active you probably do start him, but you should also be operating under the assumption that he could aggravate the injury or potentially lose some carries even if healthy.

For those who picked up Alfonso Smith and/or LaRod Stephens-Howling, hang on to them through the weekend. Wells likely will end up as a game-time decision, which means you still might have some value from either of them. At the same time, facing what should be an angry Baltimore Ravens team, this might not be the best matchup for any of the Cardinals running backs. Maurice Jones-Drew had success against Baltimore, but I would not hold out hope for sustained success by the Cardinals in Baltimore.

For more on the Cardinals, check out Revenge of the Birds. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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NFL Odds And Lines Week 8: Cardinals Vs. Ravens

The Ravens are 13-point favorites at home against the Cardinals despite their humiliating loss to the Jaguars on Monday Night Football.

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