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David Dorey  

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WEEK 8
2011
* ARI at BAL * DET at DEN * MIN at CAR * SD at KC (mon)
* CIN at SEA IND at TEN * NE at PIT Bye Week
* CLE at SF * JAC at HOU * NO at STL ATL, CHI, GB
* Updated DAL at PHI * MIA at NYG WAS at BUF NYJ, OAK, TB

Prediction: ARI 6, BAL 34

Update: The outlook here was already bleak for the Cardinals and Early Doucet is likely to play after having a full practice on Friday but he may not be completely healthy because of his quadriceps and is not a safe start. Beanie Wells may play this week as well after being held out on Wednesday and then limited in practices the last two games. He is not a safe start as well and should be left on your bench.

The Cardinals are on a five game losing streak with an 0-3 mark on the road. The Ravens come off a humbling loss on Monday night when the offense crumbled in Jacksonville. The loss drops the Ravens to 4-2 and a half game behind the Steelers. This game should be a blowout unless the Ravens are caught looking past to next week in Pittsburgh.

Arizona Cardinals
Homefield: University of Phoenix Stadium
Grass
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 CAR 28-21 10 @PHI -
2 @WAS 21-22 11 @SF -
3 @SEA 10-13 12 @STL -
4 NYG 27-31 13 DAL -
5 @MIN 10-34 14 SF -
6 Bye - 15 CLE -
7 PIT 20-32 16 @CIN -
8 @BAL - 17 SEA -
9 STL - - - -
Cardinals Report | Statistics | Roster
ARIZONA at BAL Rush Catch Pass
QB Kevin Kolb - - 220
RB Alfonso Smith 30 - -
WR Larry Fitzgerald - 80 -
WR Andre Roberts - 20 -
WR Early Doucet - 50 -
PK Jay Feely 2 FG XP -
Pregame Notes: The losing streak will have to wait until next week the Rams show up but other than two more meetings with them, there is not a lot on the schedule that says more wins are coming. Even the Browns showing up will bring a shut down corner and that is all a defense has to do - take away Fitzgerald - for the Cardinals to stagnate. With Wells in and out of the lineup because of various injuries, this is shaping up to be a very long season once again.

QUARTERBACK: The question was finally asked - are they going to replace Kevin Kolb since he has ineffective lately? HC Ken Whisenhunt said no and the reality is that they paid him too much and there is no one else to turn to anyway. Kolb passed for only three touchdowns over the last four games with six interceptions in that time. He has already been sacked 18 times and lost three fumbles. Those are not good stats to have heading into Baltimore this week.

The Ravens have only allowed four passing touchdowns on the season and never more than one per opponent. For the last four weeks, no team has thrown for more than 220 yards on the Ravens. The Cardinals are not about to break any trends. Keep Kolb on your bench this week.

RUNNING BACKS: Beanie Wells sprained his knee last week and while the Cardinals are adamant that he has no structural damage and will not need any surgery, his return is not yet known. I will count him out this week and he will be replaced by who ran for 17 yards on five carries in the Steelers matchup. Back in week three, Smith rushed for 54 yards on 17 runs when he replaced Wells. LaRod Stephens-Howling would be involved as the third down back as well but the Cardinals will be on the road against a defense that has only allowed on touchdown to a running back this year.

Figure on marginal yardage here at best and no score. Smith will get some work if you need a bye week filler but anything more than 30 or 40 yards would be a big success. Smith might be a nice stash for week nine if Wells remains out though since the Cards host the Rams.

WIDE RECEIVERS: Early Doucet caught a touchdown when the Steelers played last week and that was not only his second score on the year, it was the first by any wide receiver in Arizona since week three. Larry Fitzgerald sticks around 60 or 70 yards in most games but has only two touchdowns on the year and nothing in the last three games. There is no help beyond the two starters and both are being capped at about 70 yards or less in almost every game.

If a touchdown happens - and there is no guarantee it will - it would have to end up here and likely go to Doucet but playing in Baltimore after they lost a game they should have won handily means no player here is worth a fantasy risk aside from Fitzgerald and even he is not likely to do much. But at least he has potential.

TIGHT ENDS: Todd Heap has been out with a bad hamstring and Jeff King (1-10) and Robert Housler (2-28) took his place in the Steelers matchup. The Ravens rank #1 against the position and have never allowed a score or more than 42 yards to any tight end this year. No fantasy value this week.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points ARI 20 16 14 16 30 22
Preventing Fantasy Points BAL 2 2 13 1 3 29


Baltimore Ravens
Homefield: M&T Bank Stadium
Sport Turf
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 PIT 35-7 10 @SEA -
2 @TEN 13-26 11 CIN -
3 @STL 37-7 12 SF -
4 NYJ 34-17 13 @CLE -
5 Bye - 14 IND -
6 HOU 29-14 15 @SD -
7 @JAC 7-9 16 CLE -
8 ARI - 17 @CIN -
9 @PIT -   - -
Ravens Report | Statistics | Roster
BALTIMORE vs ARI Rush Catch Pass
QB Joe Flacco - - 260,2
RB Ray Rice 80,1 50 -
TE Ed Dickson - 30,1 -
WR Anquan Boldin - 100,1 -
WR Torrey Smith - 50 -
PK Billy Cundiff 2 FG 4 XP -

Pregame Notes: The Ravens come off one of "those games" when they came out flat in Jacksonville and played like offense was a new part of the team that had never practiced before. The defense played well enough in allowing only nine points but nothing worked when the Ravens had the ball. This week is about as easy as it is going to get this season and a trip to Pittsburgh lies on the other side. That could make this a trap game but losing last week should sharpen the Ravens who cannot afford any losses. You do have to worry some if players like Ray Rice take it easier this week knowing he won't be needed to win the game. At least Anquan Boldin is facing his old team and should be motivated.

Like a defensive score this week.

QUARTERBACK: Joe Flacco started out on a hot streak with seven touchdowns over the first three weeks but he has only thrown for one in the three game since. Granted the defenses were better and two were on the road but Flacco needs to get back on track if the Ravens are going to do anything in the post season. Over the last three weeks, Flacco has one score against three interceptions and two lost fumbles.

The Cardinals are one of the weakest teams against the pass so expect at least a marginally better game here and at least one touchdown if not two. This could be fun for Boldin but that has to come through Flacco.

RUNNING BACKS: Ray Rice was only used on eight runs last week and gained 28 yards but he had no less than 23 carries in the two previous games. When it was over, even the HC John Harbaugh wasn't sure why they did not use Rice more. He had his normal five catches for 35 yards but the Ravens opted to let Flacco throw ducks instead. This week should be a very nice game for Rice if they will use him and not save him for the Steelers meeting in week nine. The Cardinals last road trip resulted in 122 yards and three touchdowns for Adrian Peterson.

Rice is a must start every week and should have the opportunity for a big game here. This will be as soft of a rushing matchup that he will have this year. Expect over 100 total yards and a score and it could be bigger if they really want.

WIDE RECEIVERS: Lee Evans was held out of practices all last week so he is no lock to play here. I will assume he is out again and the way that Torrey Smith is playing, Evans may not return to a starting role anyway. Smith has only caught three passes in the last two games but that's more consistent that Evans was prior to injury. Anquan Boldin scored for the first time since the opener when he snared four passes for 40 yards in Jacksonville. He faces his old team this week and that almost always motivates.

The Cardinals have allowed six touchdowns to the position and seven players topped 80+ yards on them. Even with Flacco struggling lately, he can beat this secondary and Bolding will be first in line. Expect a decent game from his this week with a chance of a big game.

TIGHT ENDS: He has not scored since the season opener but Ed Dickson should have a chance for a good game here. He has been good for around 50 yards in most games and the Cardinals have allowed three touchdowns to the position with decent yardage to those tight ends that are better receivers. If Dickson does not get the second passing score, it could go anywhere.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points BAL 19 9 25 19 5 1
Preventing Fantasy Points ARI 27 17 28 23 12 18

WEEK 8
2011
ARI at BAL DET at DEN MIN at CAR SD at KC (mon)
CIN at SEA IND at TEN NE at PIT Bye Week
CLE at SF JAC at HOU NO at STL ATL, CHI, GB
  DAL at PHI MIA at NYG WAS at BUF NYJ, OAK, TB

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