Week 2: 2019 NFL Season (100th NFL Season)
Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019 @ 1:00 p.m. ET (M&T Bank Stadium)
Over/Under: 46; Ravens -13 (-105)
Best Moneyline: Cardinals +562, Ravens -650
In the week 2 matchup between the Arizona Cardinals (0-0-1) and Baltimore Ravens (1-0), there is one NFC team striving to earn their first win of the 2019 season, while the other AFC team is aiming for their first 2-0 start since the 2017 season. The gametime weather forecast is 87 degrees Fahrenheit, with winds blowing 4 mph W. This outer-conference game will be aired on Fox. Moreover, Baltimore leads the all-time series record against Arizona 4-2. However, the Ravens lost 26-18 in the previous meeting on Oct. 26, 2015. The Baltimore Ravens were established Feb. 9, 1996, so this explains why these two teams have faced off only six times in the regular season. Anyways, in the Cardinals' 27-27 tie versus the Detroit Lions, rookie quarterback Kyler Murray passed for 308 yards, was 29/54 on pass attempts, and threw 2 touchdowns to 1 interception. Murray's total QBR in this game was 38.5. Running back David johnson rushed for 82 yards on 18 carries. Johnson also made 6 receptions for 55 yards, while scoring one touchdown as well. Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald made 8 receptions for 113 yards, and he later finished the game with one touchdown. The Cardinals won the turnover battle, with finishing the game with one interception, whereas Detroit had two lost fumbles. At the 8:07 time mark in the 4th quarter, with a score of 24-9 Detroit, the Lions had a 98.7% chance of winning this week 1 road game.
Arizona's offense was pitiful in the first three quarters of play. Meanwhile, Baltimore pulverized the Miami Dolphins 59-10 on the road at Hard Rock Stadium. This margin of victory was quite surprising to say the least. Second-year quarterback Lamar Jackson, who had more than his fair share of criticism last season, stemming from ESPN analysts dissecting his dissatisfying performances, passed for 324 yards, was 17/20 on passes, and threw 5 touchdowns to 0 interceptions. This was Jackson's first 300-yard NFL game, perfect passer-rating game (158.3), highest completion percentage game (85%), and five-touchdown game of his professional football career. Running back Mark Ingram II rushed for 107 yards and scored two touchdowns on 14 carries. Wide Receiver Marquise Brown finished the game with 147 yards and two touchdowns on 4 receptions. Tight end Mark Andrews had 108 yards and one touchdown scored on 8 receptions. Baltimore had 31 first downs in this week 1 game, while Miami had just a total of 12. Not to mention, the Ravens had 643 total yards by the end of the forth quarter. Baltimore owned the time of possession, without question. They had the ball offensively for 40:07, whereas the Dolphins' TOP was 19:53. Plus, the Ravens rushed for a whopping 265 yards. In comparison, the Dolphins finished their humiliating loss with a total of 21 rushing yards. To add insult to injury, Miami's three turnovers was an awful start for newly acquired quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.
The Arizona Cardinals' Betting Trends highlights the Big Red's struggles against AFC North opponents
The Arizona Cardinals are 1-5 ATS in their previous six games versus an AFC North opponent. They are also 1-4 SU in the team's last five games against AFC teams. Additionally, the total has gone under in six of Arizona's last seven games played in the month of September. Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury's goal should be getting his team to a .500 record this season. Needless to say, the NFC West is one of the most competitive divisions in the league. In the last ten stretch of games, the Cardinals' record is 2-7-1. This past week 1 draw was unanticipated for bettors and casual fans, especially having seen the Lions blow an 18-point lead. In overtime, some fans were disappointed to see Coach Kingsbury turn down the chance to convert a much-needed forth down play with Murray. One more first down could have won them the game. Putting aside this useless revisionist history, the Cardinals have to execute better if they plan to compete with the Ravens this week.
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