Aug 13, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; The Baltimore Ravens players celebrate after quarterback Bryn Renner (hidden) scores the winning touchdown against the New Orleans Saints in a preseason NFL football game at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports
Preseason Game 2: Ravens vs. Eagles
When: Thursday, 8/22/2015 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Live Stream: NFL.com
Local Radio Crew: Gerry Sandusky, Stan White, Qadry Ismail
TV: NFL Network
WBAL (NBC/11 – Baltimore)
Comcast Sportsnet (Mid-Atlantic)
WJLA (ABC/7 – Washington)
WHTM (ABC/27 – Harrisburg PA)
WCAU (NBC/10 – Philadelphia)
WPMT (FOX/43 – Harrisburg)
WOLF (FOX/56 – Scranton)
WHVL (My/29 – State College)
WRDE (NBC/31 – Rehoboth Beach DE)
Preview: Both the Ravens and Eagles are coming off of solid wins in their respective preseason debuts, both coming on their home turf. The Ravens got off to a good start against the Saints in week 1, as quarterback Joe Flacco came out looking sharp and wound up completing 5 of 6 passes for 33 yards.
The Ravens’ defense was hot as well early on, limiting the Saints to only 11 yards of offense in the first quarter. New Orleans was without starting quarterback Drew Brees, and went 18 minutes without recording a first down.
The Ravens face a stiffer test, at least defensively, when they travel to Philadelphia this week to take on the Eagles. Philly is coming off of a Sunday 36-10 drubbing of the Indianapolis Colts, a game where Indy looked ill prepared for the Eagles’ up tempo offense.
In all fairness, the Colts held out several starters on both sides of the ball, and didn’t seem to scheme much for a team they won’t face in the 2015 regular season. Still, the game featured impressive performances from Eagles rookies Nelson Agholor (3 catches for 57 yards, 1 TD) and Eric Rowe (forced fumble).
These two teams have met in the preseason 11 times, with the Ravens holding a 7-4 series lead. They haven’t met each other in the preseason since 2011, a game that was also in Philadelphia. The two teams will be holding joint practices for three days leading up to the game, which promises to make things a little more interesting.
Predicting the winner of this game might be a little fruitless, but I don’t think the Ravens will worry too much about game planning and the team is nursing multiple injuries at the moment. Chip Kelly will throw in enough offensive wrinkles to come out on top in the end.
Prediction: Eagles 23, Ravens 20
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