Expert Picks for the Arizona Cardinals in Week 7
By Erich Becker
Who do the experts from around the internet and the small screen pick for Week 7?
The Arizona Cardinals host the Baltimore Ravens on Monday Night Football to close out Week 7. The team is coming off a disheartening loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers last Sunday which saw the offense move the ball but fail to score when needed and the defense give up big plays to seal the game in the Steelers favor.
After a near unanimous picking of Arizona over Pittsburgh, how do the experts fare this week when the 1-5 Ravens look to play for pride against the 4-2 Arizona Cardinals.
Mike Florio and MDS at ProFootballTalk.com have the Cardinals winning, scoring 30+ (again) and handing the Ravens their sixth loss of the season, they have this to say:
"The Ravens have completely collapsed and are one of the worst teams in the NFL. The Cardinals have pounded bad teams this year. This has all the makings of a Monday night game you can turn off at halftime."
Let’s see if that is a jinx or not on the Cardinals’ chances of winning this game.
FoxSports panel of seven and a pick’em has a unanimous decision in favor the team from the desert, it’s certainly a positive sign, but the same as last week, as a Cardinals fan, you have to worry about the trap game.
CBSSports.com has a panel as well, and everything is coming up Cardinals as well with the entire gamut going with the red birds. Pete Prisco goes on to say in his individual picks:
"When the schedule came out, this looked like it might be a big game. It isn’t for the Ravens. At 1-5, they’re done. The Cardinals had a bad loss last week at Pittsburgh, but will bounce back here with a strong offensive showing against a bad defense. Carson Palmer has a big game."
Sounds like a slam dunk for the Cardinals, but they need to be careful, they let slightly better teams hang around too long in some games (Week 1 vs. New Orleans) so putting the Ravens away early like the 49ers game is in their best interest.
Over at ESPN, Josh Weinfuss has the Cardinals putting up 30+ as well:
"Arizona bounced back from its only loss this season with a 42-point showing against a dismal Detroit team. The Ravens aren’t much better. The Cardinals are at home, where they’re 15-4 under coach Bruce Arians and 13-3 against the AFC since 2007, with a chip on their shoulder."
From all over the Cardinals appear to have a much larger upper hand in this game, there are some interesting points in that the team will have a chip on its shoulder, it’s a home game, a national game, and the Ravens are just not very good. Hopefully, this will be a boring game, and by boring it’ll be over at half time and the team, fans and city can feel good again that all is right.