Three things to watch for as Ravens visit Eagles
1) Stacking performances
The defense was the star of the show last week as noted and they will be running into what looks like a favorable match up on paper in the Carson Wentz lead Eagles offense.
Wentz has struggled this season due in large part to the injury bug completely wrecking what has long been an effective offensive line group. They lost offensive guard Brandon Brooks to a torn Achilles in the off-season. They brought back Jason Peters in hopes to shuffle the offensive line and the veteran has been placed on injured reserve with a toe injury.
Lane Johnson has been banged up with an ankle injury throughout the season. They lost Isaac Suemalo to injured reserve as well. The only constant along the offensive line this season for the Eagles has been center Jason Kelce.
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The injuries don’t stop there as the Eagles have lost tight end Dallas Goedert to IR with an ankle injury and have seen first rounder wide receiver, Jalen Reagor, and veteran wide receivers DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffrey combine for just five games so far this season and limited production. Mix in a struggling Zach Ertz and you have one of the NFL’s worst offenses to date.
They have a star in running back Miles Sanders but the rest of the help has come from unlikely sources like wide receivers, Greg Ward and Travis Fulgham. While there is optimism that the two veterans cold be back for the Eagles, they will be battling through injuries and Ward and Fulgham should be contained by Marcus Peters and Marlon Humphrey.
The Eagles have also surrendered 19 sacks good for second most in the National Football League. It would be encouraging to see the Ravens defense stack another elite performance while the offense continues to find their way.