Cardinals maintain NFC West lead with win against Ravens

Tue Oct 27, 2015 12:45am EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - The Arizona Cardinals might be on the verge of solving their losing ways on "Monday Night Football." The Baltimore Ravens, meanwhile, still have their issues.

The Cardinals got two touchdown passes from quarterback Carson Palmer and a 122-yard rushing effort and a touchdown from Chris Johnson to down the Ravens 26-18 Monday night at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Entering the game, Arizona were 2-8 in their previous 10 Monday night appearances.

The Cardinals (5-2) maintain their control in the NFC West. They head to Cleveland next week before getting to rest up for their bye in Week 9.

Baltimore (1-6) lost their third consecutive game, but once again had a chance to make something happen at the end, even though it was outgained by the Cardinals by a two-to-one margin.

A blocked punt and recovery set up a 1-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Joe Flacco to fullback Kyle Juszczyk with 4:26 left to play, and a successful two-point conversion cut Arizona's lead to eight points.

After forcing the Cardinals to punt again, the Ravens got the ball back at their own 24-yard line with 1:53 remaining.

A 31-yard pass deep down the sideline to wide receiver Kamar Aiken put Baltimore at the Cardinals' 27-yard line. A 23-yard completion over the middle to tight end Crockett Gillmore moved the Ravens to the 4.

With 13 seconds to go, Flacco looked for Gillmore again -- this time in the end zone -- but Cardinals defensive back Tony Jefferson intercepted the pass -- Arizona's league-leading 12th pick of the season.   Continued...

Oct 26, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver John Brown (12) celebrates with wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) after scoring a 4 yard touchdown during the second half against the Baltimore Ravens at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports