The Cardinals left Phoenix today for the hostile confines of M&T Bank Stadium, home of the Baltimore Ravens, their opponent come Sunday. It will be the second week in a row that the Cardinals will have faced off against a top five defense. The Ravens have a defense, led by veteran LB Ray Lewis, that is allowing opposing offenses just 270 yards per game. Kevin Kolb and Co. will definitely have their work cut out for them to stay competitive in this game. Beanie Wells‘ injury may not have been as severe as first reported, as he has practiced the last two days. They were very limited in nature, but word has it that he hasn’t been scratched from the line up just yet and could be a game time decision.
Todd Heap has downplayed playing his former team all week. Heap began his NFL career in Baltimore after being drafted by the team out of Arizona State in 2000. After eleven years with the Ravens, he was released only to be signed by the Arizona Cardinals. It was a homecoming of sorts for Heap, who was born in Mesa, Arizona and played football at Mesa Mountain View High School and then Arizona State University. Being ever so grateful for the opportunity to play professional football and to show thanks for the support over the years, Todd Heap has taken out a full page ad in this Sunday’s Baltimore Sun expressing his gratitude to the fans. I personally hope he gets to see the field on Sunday.
Defensively the Ravens are solid as a house built upon rocks, but when it comes to their offense, it’s as if it was built upon the sand. Their offense ranks 20th out of 32 teams in the NFL. This is slightly alarming knowing that the Ravens have one of the leagues better running backs in Ray Rice. The Cardinals played the run against the Steelers quite well. Hopefully the same results don’t happen where they shut down the run, but allow Joe Flacco to complete pass after pass.