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Cardinals vs. Ravens preview: Stats, history, connections and possible achievements

Some info leading up to the Monday night matchup.

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The Arizona Cardinals host the Baltimore Ravens on Monday Night Football tonight. At 4-2, they hope to send the Ravens home with a loss and maintain a 1.5-game lead over the St. Louis Rams in the NFC West. Let's take a look at this game. Let's see how the two teams match up statistically, historically, how the teams are connected and some things we could watch for tonight.

Stats:

Offensively, the Cardinals are second in the NFL in scoring at nearly 34 points per game. The Ravens are 11, averaging almost 24. The Cardinals have scored 25 touchdowns -- the most in the league -- while the Ravens have scored 12. The Cardinals are fifth in the league in yards gained, averaging over 405 per contest, while the Ravens are ninth, averaging nearly 370. Both teams run the ball well. Arizona averages over 120 yards per game on the ground. Baltimore averaged over 110. Carson Palmer leads the Cardinals' seventh-best passing attack in the league, getting over 284 yards per game. Joe Flacco and the Ravens pass for over 258 yards per game -- 11th in the league.

Defensively, Arizona is eighth in points allowed, giving up less than 20 per game. The Ravens struggle here, giving up 27 per game, which is 27th in the league. Baltimore is good against the run. They are ninth in rushing yards allowed, giving up 94.5 per game. The Cardinals are in the middle of the pack, giving up 104.5 per game, which is 16th of 32 teams. Arizona is ninth against the pass, giving up less than 225 yards through the air. Baltimore's pass defense gets them in trouble. Opponents throw for more than 286 yards a game, which ranks them 27th in the NFL.

Arizona is winning the turnover battle on the season. They are a +3. The Ravens are -5.

History:

There isn't much. This will be only the sixth time the two teams face one another. It is the first time the Ravens will play in university of Phoenix Stadium. Arizona is 1-4 against the Ravens. The only win came in 1997 - a 16-13 win in Baltimore. They last played in 2011 and the Ravens won 30-27 after falling behind 24-6 in the first half.

Connections:

The Cardinals have two former Ravens on their team. DT Cory Redding played in Baltimore in 2010-2011, appearing in 30 games, starting 22 and recording 7.5  sacks.

Center A.Q. Shipley was a member of the Ravens in 2013, starting nine games at guard.

The Ravens have no former Cardinals.

Cardinals rookie D.J. Humphries' father, also D.J., was a rookie free agent who signed with the Ravens in 2002.

Ravens offensive coordinator Marc Trestman was once the OC for the Cardinals, back from 1998-2000. Ravens strength and conditioning coach Bob Rogucki had the same position with the Cardinals from 1990-2003.

Possible achievements:

Carson Palmer already holds the team record for touchdown passes through six games in a season, but with one TD pass tonight -- his 15th --, he would set the record through seven games. Kurt Warner had 14 through seven games in 2008. If he throws for at least 175 yards, he will pass Donovan McNabb for 20th place on the NFL's all-time passing yards list.

Receiver Larry Fitzgerald needs 45 receiving yards to pass former teammate Anquan Boldin for 18th place and 52 yards to pass Irving Fryar for 17th place on the NFL's all-time list for receiving yards in a career.

Calais Campbell will move into fifth place in franchise history with a sack. He would move past Eric Swann.

If Dwight Freeney gets a sack, he would have 112.5 career sacks, moving him into 20th place all-time in the NFL for sacks in a career.

If Chris Johnson rushes for 100 yards or more, he would be the first Cardinals back to do so in three different games in a season since 2007.