Kings of the Preseason
The Baltimore Ravens head to Arizona with the NFL betting odds leaning on them to get their 22nd consecutive preseason victory against the Arizona Cardinals. John Harbaugh’s crew has not tasted defeat in the preseason since 2015. Baltimore has covered 10 straight games and has won nine of these by six or more points, but Arizona could prove to be a testy opponent.
Ravens Continue Pushing
It may just be an exhibition, but the Ravens take pride in their 21-game winning streak. After all, most of the Ravens’ teams have been composed of different players. Last week against Tennessee, it was Tyler Huntley and Anthony Brown leading the “Ravens Flock.”
Baltimore quarterbacks completed 28 of 37 passes and moved the chains on Tennessee with little issue. The team also converted 8 of 17 on third down. The Ravens are great on both sides of the ball and, even with rookie Malik Willis impressing for Tennessee, they limited the Titans to just 10 points and 299 total yards.
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— Kevin Oestreicher (@koestreicher34) August 12, 2022
Despite most of the starters either not playing or playing limited snaps, the Ravens have plenty of depth on defense. Most of the Ravens’ top draft choices this year are slated to be backups and that includes Kyle Hamilton at safety and Travis Jones at nose tackle. With several jobs still on the line, look for Baltimore’s young stars to impress.
Cardinals Humming on Offense
The Arizona Cardinals dispatched the Cincinnati Bengals as they put up 36 points last week, the most by any team. Trace McSorley and Andy Isabella lit up the field. Most notably, the Cardinals did not commit any turnovers. This is a well-oiled unit that is moving the ball and scoring at an efficient rate. Efficiency is the key to victory against a Ravens defense that takes risks.
While we’re touting McSorley and Isabella, their counterparts in Jarrett Guarantano and Marcell Ateman could be the ones closing this game out. The Ravens looked partially impressive because Tennessee’s offense did not have the same depth or structure as Arizona’s.
Say what you will about Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury. But one thing he does well is start the season strong. It’s worth betting online on Arizona if the Cardinals can keep their prolific scoring, especially within the friendly confines of the State Farm Stadium.
Ravens vs Cardinals Head-to-Head
The Cardinals have won four straight preseason games against the Ravens. The last time Baltimore defeated the Cardinals in the preseason was in 2010.
Ravens vs Cardinals Game Information
- Game: Ravens (1-0) vs Cardinals (1-0)
- Location: State Farm Stadium, Glendale, AZ
- Day/Time: Sunday, Aug. 21, 8 p.m. ET
- Live stream: NFL Game Pass
Ravens vs Cardinals Betting Lines
|Baltimore Ravens||-6 Ev||-230||38½ -113o||21½ -115o
|Arizona Cardinals||+6 -120||+190||38½ -107u||16½ -115o
Ravens vs Cardinals Prediction
Many NFL predictions are split on this for good reason. We still like Baltimore to edge this one out. The Ravens have a defense that will disrupt the Cardinals’ play-calling. Kingsbury struggles to make adjustments and the team will not have the talents of Kyler Murray or Marquise “Hollywood” Brown for some impromptu offense.
However, we recognize Arizona’s ability to get things going. This won’t be another dominant win for Baltimore and it may come down to the wire. The online sportsbook is offering Arizona getting six points. That’s good to pass up as Baltimore should win with a late field goal or something similar.