Around the AFC North: Week 7 Preview

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Nov 30, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver

Torrey Smith

(82) is congratulated by wide receiver

Steve Smith

, Sr. (89) after catching a touchdown in the first quarter against the San Diego Chargers at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Baltimore Ravens at Arizona Cardinals

The Baltimore Ravens had their worst start in franchise history, winning only one of their first six games (the win came in Week 4 against the Steelers). The Ravens are all but out of the playoff race, being 5 games behind the Bengals, but they still can play spoiler to any team, which always helps them remain a threat.

Joe Flacco has struggled early, throwing seven interceptions and only eight touchdown passes in his first six games. Averaging 267.5 yards per game, Flacco will look to get back on track against an Arizona team that got torched in Pittsburgh just a week ago. Earlier today, Steve Smith Sr. said that he would quit if he was traded, according to a post on the Ravens’ Twitter account. Smith. has been a standout weapon for Flacco–and one of his team’s only reliable weapons–despite the Ravens’ horrendous start; he is one of only five receivers in the NFL averaging at least 100 receiving yards per game.

The Arizona Cardinals are coming off arguably their worst game of the season with Carson Palmer throwing for two interceptions and only one touchdown. The Cards’ offense has the weapons in Larry Fitzgerald and Chris Johnson, but it will need to make sure that it doesn’t put up a dud in a second consecutive week. The Cardinals’ offense has been one of the league’s best, so picking apart a Ravens secondary that has been decimated by injuries could be easy for Arizona. If Arizona can move the ball on offense and stop Steve Smith Sr. and Justin Forsett on defense, it will be able to win this game with ease.

Next: Cleveland Browns at St. Louis Rams

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