Considering the Baltimore Ravens are coming off their worst performance of the season, they must be salivating at the opportunity to return home to face the beleaguered Arizona Cardinals.
The Ravens attempt to avenge a tough loss in Sunday’s battle with a reeling Cardinals team that has dropped five straight games, and ten straight overall as the road team.
Baltimore had put together a dominant three-game winning streak, winning each game by double-digits before losing to the one-win Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Ravens offense sputtered, as they either turned the ball over or went three-and-out on their first nine drives and had just 16 total yards of offense at halftime. Heck, the offense didn’t even record a first down until five minutes left in the third quarter. The 146 yards of offense the team finished with, was the fewest since 2007 when the Ravens had just a 104-yard output in a 38-7 loss at Pittsburgh on Nov. 5, 2007.
Coming back to the friendly confines of M&T Bank stadium may be just what the doctor ordered for the Ravens. Baltimore is 13-1 in their last 14 games at home, averaging nearly 29 points in those wins. In fact, in the Ravens first three home contests, they’ve scored at least 29 points against the likes of the Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Jets and Houston Texans.
Meanwhile, it’s been a struggle for the Arizona Cardinals on the road, to say the least. The Cards haven’t won a game as a visiting team since topping St. Louis in the 2010 season opener.
Last week, the Cardinals defense was torched by Ben Roethlisberger for three touchdown passes and 445 total yards, while struggling Arizona quarterback Kevin Kolb delivered another shaky effort under center.
Kolb, acquired from the Philadelphia Eagles this off-season, was signed to a six-year, $65 million contract to fill the team’s glaring need for a signal caller. Though Kolb did throw for 272 yards against the Steelers defense, he managed to complete just 18-out-of 34 passes and through an interception that led to a Pittsburgh touchdown.
The former Eagle has a meager 66.8 passer rating over the course of Arizona’s five-game slide, the lowest of any starting quarterback in the NFL during that stretch.
However, all the blame can’t solely be put on Kolb, as the Cardinals defense has just made matters worst. They rank 28th overall in pass defense and 26th in total yards per game, allowing a lack luster 388.3 total yards per game.