Baltimore Ravens beat Arizona Cardinals: The good, bad and ugly
I highlighted heading into this week whether or not Anthony Averett was ready for the limelight as a big-contributor for the Baltimore Ravens secondary. While he was awful, there’s plenty of room for improvement.
To put it simply, there were times where Averett looked out of place or over-matched. To the Arizona Cardinals credit, their cast of wide receivers are strong as evident by 100-yard days from both Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk. Both Fitz and Kirk dominated the Ravens secondary and made a majority of the group look foolish; a point we’ll further discuss on the next slide…
Speaking of the defense, when did the unit decide to take a “bend but don’t break” approach? This is a squad that had us thinking it could once again be elite. Of course the front-seven lost a lot of talent and production, but the secondary would compensate for that. Instead, a rookie quarterback and head coach lit the defense up. What gives?
The defense was able to get plenty of pressure and sacks, but they forced zero turnovers against a rookie quarterback who quite frankly should’ve been overwhelmed. The stadium was rocking and the fans were as passionate as ever, yet the defense let us down.
If not for the offense, I’m left wondering if the Baltimore Ravens even win this game…