Here are five storylines I'll be watching from the cozy press box at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday:
2. Good Flacco or Bad Flacco? Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was a pretty consistent performer in his first three seasons in the league, but he has been volatile this season, playing well in three games and looking pedestrian in three others. Good Flacco should show up Sunday against the NFL’s 28th-ranked pass defense. I don’t think Flacco has regressed, nor do I think his streaky play will continue all season.
3. Fitz and Q meet again: A couple of seasons ago, Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin were arguably the NFL’s best wide receiver tandem. Fitzgerald made acrobatic plays down the field while Boldin did the dirty work between the numbers. On Sunday, they face each other for the first time since Boldin was traded to Baltimore. Of course, they probably won’t be on the field together; it will be up to the Ravens secondary to keep the 6-foot-3 Fitzgerald under wraps, which won’t be an easy task at all.
4. Another reunion in Baltimore: Todd Heap signed with the Cardinals after the Ravens released him before training camp, and he made it clear that it was his preference to stay here in a letter he wrote to fans that was published in Friday’s Baltimore Sun. He should receive a hearty round of “Heeeeeeaps” at M&T Bank Stadium, but this storyline isn’t as compelling because Heap isn’t expected to play.
5. Chasing after Kevin Kolb: The last time the Cardinals quarterback was at M&T Bank Stadium, he was backing up Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb in 2008. McNabb was ineffective and Kolb replaced him in the Ravens’ win, first spinning the QB carousel that finally stopped this summer with Kolb in Arizona and Michael Vick getting a huge payday from the Eagles. The Ravens forced Kolb to throw two interceptions in one half back in 2008. They will try to frighten Kolb, who has thrown seven picks and lost three fumbles this season, into a few turnovers Sunday. It is Halloween weekend, after all.