Baltimore Ravens vs Arizona Cardinals Prediction, 8/21/2022 NFL Picks, Best Bets & Odds Preseason Week 2
Game: Baltimore Ravens vs Arizona Cardinals
Date: Sunday, August 21, 2022
Location: State Farm Stadium in Glendale, AZ
Odds/Point Spread: Cardinals (-1.5)
The Baltimore Ravens (8-9 last year) are en route to State Farm Stadium on Sunday where they will take on the Arizona Cardinals (11-6 last season). Arizona is 1.5-point favorites from oddsmakers. The total is set at 41.5.
The Baltimore Ravens ended the season holding a 8-9 mark. In their last game of last season, the Ravens played against the Steelers and took a loss by a final of 16-13. Latavius Murray was the best rusher for the Ravens with 16 totes for 150 yards (9.4 yards per attempt). Mark Andrews had an average of 10.6 yds per reception by notching 85 yards on 8 catches. Tyler Huntley connected on 16/31 with 141 yards passing. He had a QB rating of 37.2 and ended the contest with 2 picks. Against the run, the Ravens conceded 79 yards on 30 attempts, which averages out to 2.6 yds per rush allowed. Baltimore allowed 30 pass completions on 44 attempts for 235 yds, and a completion percentage of 68.2%. When the final whistle blew, they ran 71 plays which gave them a total of 381 yds. The Baltimore Ravens ran the ball 36 times and accounted for 249 yds, earning them an average of 6.9 yds per attempt.
When talking about putting the ball in the endzone, the Baltimore Ravens had an average of 22.8 points per game. As a team they had an average of 145.8 yds via the ground game, which had them sitting 3rd in the league. The Ravens tallied 6,440 total yards for the prior season. Baltimore compiled 209 1st downs as a unit, and they committed 102 infractions for 852 yards. They gave the ball to the opposition 26 times (18 picks and 8 fumbles). Baltimore totaled 21 touchdowns through the air and 18 touchdowns on the ground.
When it comes to passing yardage, the Ravens gave up 4,742 yards which had them sitting in 32nd in the NFL. In their 17 games, they allowed 278.9 yards per outing via the pass and allowed a completion percentage of 63.9%. They relinquished 363.4 yards per contest which put them 25th in the National Football League. They yielded 31 throwing touchdowns and 13 touchdowns on the ground. They allowed 3.8 yards per rushing attempt and 84.5 yards on the ground per contest for the prior season. In total, they gave up 1,436 rushing yards through 17 games. The Ravens ranked 19th in the NFL in relation to team defense, giving up 23.1 PPG.
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The Cardinals ended the year having a 11-6 record. When they last played last year, the Cardinals took a loss by a final score of 34-11 when they played the Rams. Kyler Murray finished the game with 137 yds on 19/34 through the air while his quarterback rate was 40.9. He had 2 interceptions and his avg yards per attempt was 4.03 yds. Christian Kirk was the best receiver for the Cardinals, grabbing 6 throws for 51 yards (8.5 yards per catch). Chase Edmonds carried the ball 8 times for 28 yards, ending the contest with 3.5 yds per attempt for Arizona. The Cardinals finished the game with 183 yds on 54 plays (3.4 yds per play). Arizona rushed the ball for 3.4 yards per attempt, finishing with 61 yards on 18 attempts. Arizona surrendered 38 run attempts for 140 yards (3.7 yds per carry). The Cardinals passing defense conceded a completion rate of 77.8%, surrendering 235 yards on 14 for 18 passing.
When it comes to how much they scored, the Cardinals were ranked 11th in football holding an average of 26.4 points per outing. Throughout last season, the Cardinals compiled 4,276 yards via the pass in addition to averaging 251.5 throwing yards per game, which had them ranked 10th in the NFL. They had an average of 122.1 yards per game on the ground and toted the ball for 2,076 yards for last season. The Arizona Cardinals maintained an average of 373.6 yards per outing which had them ranked 8th out of all teams in the league. The Arizona offense totaled 990 penalty yards on 114 violations, which had them sitting 4th in the NFL in terms of giving up free yards. They threw 11 picks while allowing opponents to recover 4 fumbles and they earned 214 first downs.
Arizona surrendered a total of 1,952 rushing yards (114.8 yards per contest) in addition to 10 touchdowns by way of the ground game last year. They conceded 30 touchdowns through the air and 214.4 yards per game, which put them in 7th in the NFL. Their defense earned 27 takeaways (14 fumbles and 13 picks) over the course of last season. Over the course of the season, they relinquished 366 points in total. The Cardinals defense participated in 1,028 plays, which had them ranked 3rd in football. The Cardinals allowed 21.5 PPG, ranking them 11th in the NFL.
Who will win tonight's Ravens/Cardinals NFL game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Ravens +1.5
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