Carr’s two interceptions in his first two Ravens starts match the total posted during his final 52 games with the Cowboys dating back to late in the 2013 season. Carr said the main reason for the increase in turnovers and seamless fit in Baltimore’s secondary stems from the Ravens playing a defensive style similar to that in Kansas City �� the team that did draft him in the fifth round �� by utilizing his press-coverage skills more than the Cowboys did during his five seasons in Dallas.
I like playing aggressively at the line of scrimmage, getting my hands on the wide receiver and mixing some different coverage in between, said Carr, who signed a four-year, $23 million contract with Baltimore in the offseason. Plus with our front seven, quarterbacks aren’t getting too much time back there.
Minnesota is optimistic Sam Bradford can return from his bruised knee for a key NFC home game against Tampa Bay. If that’s the case, it becomes a battle of former Florida State stars Jameis Winston and Dalvin Cook. The latter will help the Vikings finish in the red zone, while the Bucs will struggle on a few drives in deep.
New Orleans is already on the brink of having its playoff hopes dashed thanks to its still-atrocious overall defense. Even without Greg Olsen and with some kinks in the short passing game, Cam Newton can enjoy rearing back and firing deep in this game. Drew Brees will see more pass-rush discomfort, as a rally falls short for him and his own big targets.