The Baltimore Ravens defense should rock against the Philadelphia Eagles:
The Baltimore Ravens defense certainly found their groove against the Cincinnati Bengals and there is no reason to expect that won’t continue in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Eagles put up less than 20 points in their first two games and their season high is the 29 points they put up in a loss last week to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Ravens beat the Bengals 27-3, the Eagles tied with those same Bengals 23-23. The Eagles are 1-3-1 and they’ve played some ugly football this year.
The Eagles aren’t healthy, which has been a big part of their struggle. Injuries have forced them on to a rough place with the offensive line. Alshon Jefferey and DeSean Jackson are both out for this game, which means they’re very shorthanded at wide receiver. The Ravens have the best pair of cornerbacks in football in Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters. They just sacked Joe Burrow seven times and Carson Wentz has been sacked 19 times in five games.
Wentz isn’t having a great year either. He has built in excuses however it has been rough and he’s accountable for some of it. Wentz has thrown nine interceptions to just six touchdowns. He has a passer rating of 68.5. The Ravens are playing a team that has a lot of issues. For all the frustration about the Ravens offense, Philadelphia Eagles fans probably don’t want to hear it,. The Ravens are plus five in the turnover ratio and just aren’t steam rolling teams the way they did last year. The Eagles are minus six in the turnover ratio. That’s not very good.
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Miles Sanders is a very good running back who is averaging over five yards per carry. Zach Ertz is a good tight end. Greg Ward and Travis Fulgham have been impressive surprises keeping Philadelphia afloat at wide receiver. It’s not like everything is going horribly for the Eagles. Still it feels like there is more going wrong for the Eagles on offense. There are a lot of problems they have to figure out answers for.
The Baltimore defense is starting to gel together. Other than one bad outing against the Kansas City Chiefs the defense has gotten the better of their opponents. The Ravens gave up 34 points to the Chiefs. Their other four opponents have scored a combined 42 points against them. There have only been five weeks of Ravens football so far and the defense has had two games where their opponent scored six points or less. The moral of the story is that unless you have Patrick Mahomes and Andy Reid, it’s hard to score against the Ravens defense. If the defense is beginning to reach it’s peak efficiency, the Eagles are in trouble and they’re not the only team that is.
The Bottom Line:
The Eagles have issues on offense and it paints the entire picture of this match up. The Ravens defense should be able to put this game in cruise control for the purple and black. The Eagles may have just put up 29 against the Steelers, but Wentz still got picked off twice and pass rush was a problem for Philadelphia. If the Ravens can continue their dominant ways, the Eagles will struggle to put enough points on the board.
The Baltimore Ravens biggest way to win this game is by exploiting the Eagles problems offensively. Look for turnovers and sacks to spell doom for the Eagles. Trust Don Martindale to get this done for Baltimore. Trust Patrick Queen to keep impressing. Trust the defense.