Kickoff: Sunday, 1:00 ET
Surface: Sportexe Momentum
Television: FOX, Thom Brennaman, Tim Hasselbeck, Amy Fadool
Series: 4th meeting. The Ravens lead, 2-1. The teams haven't met since 2003 when the Ravens won at Sun Devil Stadium. The Cardinals have made two coaching changes since then while Brian Billick has remained with the Ravens. Whisenhunt and a good chunk of his staff are from Pittsburgh, so they know the Ravens well from having played them twice a year. On the flip side, the Ravens have a good scouting report on the Cardinals offense, but they need to do some cramming to get a good feel for the Cardinals defense.
KEYS TO THE GAME
The Cardinals are averaging 4.6 yards per carry, a huge increase from 3.2 last season. With an offensive line starting two rookies, the Cardinals must be able to run the ball behind RB Edgerrin James to help combat the complex blitz schemes the Ravens will bring. ... While QB Kyle Boller was solid in starting last week, the Ravens hope Steve McNair can get back in the lineup against a Cardinals defense that likes to use multiple fronts and heavy blitzing. The key is giving Boller or McNair enough time to look downfield as the Cardinals' cover men should be overmatched by WRs Derrick Mason, Mark Clayton and Demetrius Williams.
Cardinals: C Al Johnson (knee) is out again, replaced by rookie Kyle Sendlein; WR Bryant Johnson (hamstring) isn't 100 percent, but will play.
Ravens: McNair (groin) is aiming to play; OT Jonathan Ogden (toe) has been limited in practice and is questionable; DT Trevor Pryce (broken left wrist) is out. He will be replaced by Dwan Edwards.
The Cardinals have rushed for more than 100 yards in each of their first two games for the first time since 1988, their first year in Arizona. ... The Ravens are 15-7 when TE Todd Heap scores a touchdown.
Cardinals: NT Alan Branch practiced for the first time in two weeks Thursday but it seems doubtful if he'll play Sunday. Branch suffered a fractured bone in his left hand in practice before the first game of the season. Coaches planned to see how the injury reacted to the work on Friday, but the best guess is that Branch will be out another week ... Coaches weren't tempted to start veteran Chukky Okobi at center over rookie Lyle Sendlein, even though Okobi comes from Pittsburgh and is familiar with the Ravens. Sendlein played well last week in his first NFL start, and coaches believe he has a bright future ... RB Edgerrin James has adapted well to running behind fullback Terrelle Smith. Smith is in the game for about half the team's running plays. James, who ran out of the one back set for most of his NFL career, sees the advantages in having a fullback who can weave through traffic and take on linebackers ... WR Larry Fitzgerald appears to have improved his blocking skills, something the coaches have emphasized with him since last spring ... QB Matt Leinart's left arm is fine, although he was seen rubbing his shoulder often during the game last week against Seattle. Leinart might have been a little sore from throwing, said coach Ken Whisenhunt, but it was nothing more than that.
Ravens: QB Steve McNair has practiced the past two days without any setback, meaning he will start Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. He missed the last game with a sore groin. He hasn't shown any problems planting with the groin injury this week ... OT Jonathan Ogden didn't practice Thursday after working with the team the day before. It's not a good sign about his injured toe. He'll likely miss a second straight game ... OT Adam Terry likely will start at left tackle because Jonathan Ogden doesn't appear ready to play with an injured toe ... CB Samari Rolle did not practice Thursday because of an illness. It's no cause for concern. He will start Sunday ... TE Daniel Wilcox ran off to the side to test his sprained ankle while the rest of the team practiced. He is probably another week away from trying to play. His playing time has been given to Quinn Sypniewski ... LB Gary Stills was limited in practice with a knee injury but he is expected to play on special teams.