Both the Baltimore Ravens and Arizona Cardinals will be hoping to remain undefeated when they clash at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on Sunday afternoon.
Fit to be tied
Both teams may be undefeated, but the Cardinals are not coming off a win. In their first regular-season game in the new era led by head coach Kliff Kingsbury and quarterback Kyler Murray, they tied Detroit 27-27 at home in Week 1. It may not have been an ideal beginning, but it also wasn’t bad for a team that started 0-4 last year and finished 3-13. Arizona managed nothing more than two field goals through the first three quarters, but that is when Murray’s NFL career began to take flight. The reigning Heisman Trophy winner threw touchdown passes to Larry Fitzgerald and David Johnson and the Cardinals also got a field goal and a two-point conversion (also on a pass by Murray) to score 18 unanswered points and force overtime.
“It was three quarters of the worst offense I’ve seen in my life and it was my fault,” Kingsbury admitted. “Bad play calls, just trying to do too much, and we’ll get that corrected.”
Murray finished 29-of-54 (yes, he attempted 54 passes) for 308 yards with two TDs and one interception. He also kept it three times for 13 yards, while Johnson was the team’s leading rusher with 82 yards and 18 carries.
One player who will have mixed feelings about returning to Baltimore is Terrell Suggs, 12th all-time in sacks. The former Ravens All-Pro linebacker, who spent 16 years in Baltimore, had seven sacks last season and two in the opener against the Lions.
“I think we’re all clear that for three hours come Sunday, I am their opponent, they are my opponent,” Suggs said Friday. “They gonna try to win, and I’m gonna try to win. And after the game, we’ll see if I’m showed the backseat or embraced like a brother. We’ll see.”