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Total in Cardinals vs Ravens Game Opened at 41.5, Now at 47

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The total points projection for Sunday's game between the Baltimore Ravens and Arizona Cardinals has been set at 47. Photo from @ESPNStatsInfo (Twitter).
  • Last four games between clubs have resulted in total points of 44 or more
  • Ravens riding high after 59-point performance in Week 1
  • Baltimore defense allowed just 21 rushing yards against in season-opening victory

After opening the NFL season in record-setting fashion, the Baltimore Ravens will have yet another favorable matchup against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday at 1:00 pm on FOX.

Books have released their opening Cardinals vs. Ravens odds and have set the over/under total points at 47. The total opened at 41.5 but has since gone up to 47 following Baltimore’s convincing 59-point performance.

Arizona Cardinals vs. Baltimore Ravens Odds

Team Over/Under
Baltimore Ravens Over 47 (-110)
Arizona Cardinals Under 47 (-110)

Odds taken September 10

But is it still considered too low based on Baltimore’s Week 1 offensive production?

Let’s break down the numbers for Sunday’s game.

Baltimore entered the season with what the team called a “revolutionary” offense and it showed it Week 1.

Quarterback Lamar Jackson threw for 324 yards and five touchdown passes. Jackson also became the youngest player (22 years and 244 days) in NFL history to have a perfect passer rating, according to ESPN Stats and Information.

In six previous meetings between these two clubs, the Ravens hold a 4-2 record and have outscored the Cardinals 126-117. This also marks the first meeting since 2015 when the Cardinals walked away with a 26-18 victory.

High-Scoring History

History has shown that games between the Ravens and Cardinals have been high-scoring contests with the last four matchups resulting in total points of 44 or more.

Combined, the Ravens and Cardinals scored 86 points in Week 1, with Baltimore putting up 59 on the Dolphins and the Cards coming back from a 24-6 deficit to earn a 27-all tie against the Detroit Lions.

It’s unlikely the Ravens will once again put up close to 60 points in a single game, but the total projection set for Sunday against the Cards is very attainable.

All three of the touchdowns that Arizona allowed against the Lions in Week 1 came in the air. The Cards have struggled in the secondary and look for the Ravens to once again expose that weakness.

Can Jackson Repeat His Week 1 Performance?

Jackson had 20 attempts and converted on 17 of those passes in the opening week for a perfect passer rating of 158.3.

Although the Ravens’ pivot proved he can be more than just a rushing QB, look for Jackson to go back to what he does best — run the ball. Jackson had just three rushing attempts for six yards on the ground against the Dolphins.

At the other end of the field, 2019 number one draft pick Kyler Murray hopes to build on an impressive Week 1 debut where he went 29-of-54 with 308 yards and two TD passes.

As good as Baltimore’s offense was in Week 1, the defense was just as solid, allowing 21 rushing yards and 179 passing yards in the season opener.

Expect another high-scoring affair when the Ravens and Cards clash on Sunday, with the game surpassing the projected total points of 47.

Pick: Over 47 (-110)

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