Baltimore Ravens vs. Arizona Cardinals: Game day predictions
Garrett Ferguson prediction:
Week two is here and that means we get another look at Lamar Jackson and this new Ravens offense. If Jackson follows up his performance from last week with something similar this week it’s going to do wonders for his confidence and this offense. All throughout the week there has been an asterisk next to the Ravens win in Miami because it came against a “tanking team” but they’re still an NFL team with NFL players and most importantly; a win is a win.
This game isn’t only big for current ravens but it’s also big for a former Raven in Terrell Suggs as he makes his return back to Baltimore as an Arizona Cardinal. If Suggs prepared for this game like he did when he was here in Baltimore then we know he’s going to make a play or two against us. He was in Baltimore for a year defending Lamar Jackson everyday in practice. I expect Suggs to get one or two sacks on Jackson because Suggs wouldn’t have it any other way with his return to Baltimore.
Other than those sacks, I don’t expect the Cardinals defense to stop much else. Their offensive line needs some help and will falter under this Ravens defense. This is only going to be Kyler Murray’s second NFL game and he hasn’t seen anything as complex as this Ravens defensive scheme. Don “Wink” Martindale is going to throw some deceptive looks at Kyler and with the game already moving at a fast pace Kyler Murray won’t have any idea what he’s looking at. This Sunday is going to be a rough day for Kyler and a “welcome to the NFL” type of moment. If the Ravens secondary can hold down Larry Fitzgerald then their passing game will be nonexistent considering Larry is their biggest weapon and Kyler’s security blanket.
This is going to be a big game for Lamar Jackson because I expect him to carve up this secondary just like he did to Miami last week. Their missing their All-Pro corner in Patrick Peterson and solid starter Robert Alford due to suspensions and injury. Jackson is going to be able to slice and dice this secondary any which way he wants and it’s going to be just as exciting as last week.
Bold prediction: Lamar Jackson has over 200 passing yards and 100 rushing yards with a Ravens win.
Prediction: Ravens 34-18