Staff predictions for Ravens-Cardinals

RAVENS (1-5) AT ARIZONA CARDINALS (4-2), Monday, 8:30 p.m., ESPN


Jennifer Badie
Sports Content Editor
Prediction: Cardinals 30, Ravens 24
Comment: After a 1-5 start, it's difficult to pick the Ravens to beat any team — particularly a winning one with the league's No. 2 scoring offense. The Ravens will keep it close, but they've kept all their games close and that hasn't done them any good.

 



Jon Meoli
Ravens Beat Writer
Prediction: Cardinals 30, Ravens 16
Comment: The Ravens’ two worst weaknesses will come into play here: a team that hits big passing plays, and a team that disguises its coverages and pressures well. Combined, it will be too much for them to overcome on the road in primetime.

 



Mike Preston
Ravens Columnist
Prediction: Cardinals 30, Ravens 14
Comment: After losing to the 49ers last week, the next-worst thing to happen to the Ravens were the Cardinals being upset by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Now, Arizona gets the Ravens on Monday Night Football. Not good.

 



Alexander Pyles
Ravens Editor
Prediction: Cardinals 41, Ravens 24
Comment: The Cardinals are balanced offensively, but old tormentor Carson Palmer probably would like to throw every down. Arizona has an explosive offense and the league’s best secondary at forcing turnovers, so even though the Ravens have kept every game close in this disappointing season, it seems a blowout is due.

 



Peter Schmuck
Columnist
Prediction: Cardinals 30, Ravens 19
Comment: The law of averages will eventually find a way to work in the Ravens' favor, but not on this night. Carson Palmer is going to pick apart the depleted Ravens secondary and the Arizona defense will bend but not break in the red zone.

 



Childs Walker
Reporter
Prediction:Cardinals 30, Ravens 24
Comment: This is a poor match-up for a struggling Ravens secondary. The well-balanced Cardinals will certainly have plenty of motivation at home after a surprising road loss to Mike Vick, Landry Jones and the Steelers. It’s about the worst scenario possible for the Ravens as they try to dig out of a 1-5 hole.

 



Jeff Zrebiec
Ravens Beat Writer
Prediction: Cardinals 31, Ravens 20
Comment: A red-hot quarterback with a host of offensive weapons against one of the league's worst pass defenses: What could possibly go wrong for the Ravens? They will keep this one close for a while, but don't have enough playmakers to keep up with a talented Arizona team.

 


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