NFL Game Previews: Week 2 Matchups
NFL Game Previews: Week 2 Matchups

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Arizona (+13) at Baltimore, 46.0 o/u – Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT

Week 2 is always one of the trickiest weeks to figure out, simply because we don't have a clear idea why the things that happened in Week 1 happened. The Cardinals offense was awful in the first half last Sunday, then outscored the Lions, 21-7, in the second half to force a very unsatisfying overtime. Which performance is going to look more representative for Kyler Murray and coach Kliff Kingsbury's attack two months from now? As for the Ravens, it's pretty clear the Dolphins will be this season's doormats, so how much credit should Lamar Jackson actually get for his big passing day? Even if it wasn't for "real," though, Jackson's five-TD eruption should give coordinator Greg Roman more confidence in letting the second-year QB air it out — and if an Arizona secondary down Patrick Peterson and Robert Alford had trouble containing Matthew Stafford, there's no reason to think they'll have better luck with Jackson. That cuts both ways, though — Baltimore could be missing both its starting corners as well, forcing them to use some very shaky coverage options if the Cards keep throwing four-wide formations at them.

The Skinny

  • ARI injuries: CB Peterson (out, suspension)
  • BAL injuries: WR Marquise Brown (questionable, hip), CB Jimmy Smith (questionable, knee), CB Marlon Humphrey (questionable, back)
  • ARI DFS chalk: none
  • BAL DFS chalk: RB Mark Ingram (ARI 27th in YPC allowed, 32nd in rushing yards
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Erik Siegrist
Erik Siegrist is an FSWA award-winning columnist who covers all four major North American sports (that means the NHL, not NASCAR) and whose beat extends back to the days when the Nationals were the Expos and the Thunder were the Sonics. He was the inaugural champion of Rotowire's Staff Keeper baseball league. His work has also appeared at Baseball Prospectus.
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