Monday Night Football is live online once again, letting fans watch the struggling Baltimore Ravens face the surprising Arizona Cardinals, with the Ravens in desperate need of a victory to keep their increasingly faint playoff hopes alive, in a season when the Ravens had been looked at as a possible Super Bowl contenders.
The Cardinals, on the other hand, have started at 4-2 and sit in first place in the NFC West as they set their sights on bettering their 11-5 record from last season, which ended with a loss in an upset NFC Wild Card game against the Carolina Panthers.
In eight years under Coach John Harbaugh, the Ravens have missed the playoffs only once, when they finished 8-8 in 2013. They can afford no more than one additional loss all season to match their 10-6 record from last year, which was good enough to earn them a Wild Card Spot.
But the Cardinals, despite losing their last two of three after starting the season 3-0, continue to ride 36-year-old quarterback Carson Palmer who is having the best season of his checkered career, and appear destined for another playoff berth in a weak division. Palmer threw for 400 yards in a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week Six, and his overall passer rating of 106.9 is easily the best of his career, and if it holds up will be only the second time he has broken 100.
Palmer is currently the fourth-ranked quarterback in the NFL, one notch below the New England Patriots’ Tom Brady.
To find out how to watch the Baltimore Ravens vs. Arizona Cardinals Monday Football Week Seven game live online, see the streaming information at the bottom of this article. Kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m. at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, on Monday, October 26 — 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time.
If the Ravens can take heart from anything, it’s that all of their five losses have come by six points or fewer, including 2 four-point losses and a three-point defeat.
“It’s disappointing to lose these close games the way we’re losing them,” Harbaugh said last week. “The bottom line is we’re not good enough to win them right now.”
The Ravens’ one win came by three points as well. Meanwhile, the Cardinals have been winning by blowouts, even winning one game — against the San Francisco 49ers in Week Three — by 40 points.
Of the three remaining one-win teams in the NFL, Baltimore has the narrowest point differential, according to a ESPN stats analysis, at -19 points, and the Ravens are also the first NFL team since 1995 to lose or won its first six games by margins of six points of fewer.
But no team has ever made it through its first seven games with six-point margins or fewer, so either the Ravens make history in Arizona on Monday night, or they get blown out.
They could also win by a large margin, but the Cardinals are 15-4 at home under third-year-coach Bruce Arians, so the other alternative appears more likely.
The Baltimore Ravens and Arizona Cardinals have faced each other only five times in their respective histories, going back to 1997. The Ravens have won the last four meetings, most recently on October 30, 2011.
To watch the Week Seven NFL Monday Night Football game live online, the Baltimore Ravens vs. Arizona Cardinals, use the stream provided by WatchESPN at this link. Note that due to NFL contractual requirements, the game will not be available via the WatchESPN app on smartphones. However, it will be streamed live not only on traditional computers but also on set-top internet boxes sites Roku and Apple TV, as well as on tablets such as the Apple iPad.
Fans who do not have credentials to log in to WatchESPN can watch the game via the Sling TV internet TV package at this link. The package, which includes a variety of channels — including ESPN — costs $20 per month and can be accessed on mobile devices with the Sling TV app as well as on computers and some set-top devices. But Sling TV offers a seven-day free trial, so subscribers can choose whether or not to keep the service after watching the Baltimore Ravens vs. Arizona Cardinals game live online.
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