Ravens Week 2 film study: What we know about the Cardinals
Intel for the Ravens offense:
Defensively the Cardinals showed one major flaw. They couldn’t cover rookie tight end, T.J. Hockenson. Hockenson had over 100 receiving yards and ate in zone and man coverage. Mark Andrews has a chance to get his fill against the Cardinals.
The front seven of the Cardinals is decent. The Ravens are a much better rushing team than the Lions, but they should heed what the Lions learned. Running to the edge is harder against the Cardinals than running up the gut. The Cardinals do a good job of setting the edge but the Lions were able to knife through the middle with Kerryon Johnson.
Terrell Suggs looked like Terrell Suggs. He had two sacks against Matthew Stafford and had five tackles. Suggs beat really bad tackle play and got to Stafford by winning with his first step off the ball. Suggs did what he did in Baltimore. He was very solid against the run and he clearly provides leadership for Arizona’s defense. It looked weird to see him in a Cardinals uniform, not even sporting his legendary number 55. That being said, what Suggs brings to the table won’t surprise you.
The Cardinals seem to like to blitz on third and medium but for the most part try to win with a four to five man pass rush. The one positive thing to highlight was the Lions’ ability to use the tight ends in run blocking. If I’m Greg Roman, I’m having Nick Boyle set up some big plays on the ground. This game was made for the wham block.