Baltimore Ravens vs. Philadelphia Eagles round table predictions
The Philadelphia Eagles, despite some early-season woes, do present some potential challenges to the Baltimore Ravens this weekend.
They have an active and disruptive defensive line, which, as we’ve seen, can cause some problems to the Ravens’ run game with penetration. They run a motion-heavy offense with layered pass routes, a la Andy Reid, and we’ve seen the Ravens’ defense sometimes struggle to deal with those moving parts in the past. And they have a roster that has a ton of guys on it who have won a lot of big games over the years.
Say what you want about the current Eagles, but they will not just lie down for the Ravens.
Alas, I see the Ravens being able to wear down that defensive line by shuffling in running backs, increasing the tempo, and keeping the defense off-balance with some motion of their own. It also feels like the kind of game on offense where Mark Andrews could have a big game against this Eagles defense, and someone like Willie Snead could exploit holes in the middle of the field.
Defensively, I like the Ravens’ chances in this one, despite the Eagles having similarities to the Chiefs’ offense. The Eagles do not suit up Patrick Mahomes this weekend, which is one big piece of it, but they also really lack playmakers outside Miles Sanders right now. Carson Wentz has been turnover-prone this season, with nine interceptions already, and the Ravens are very good at creating turnovers.
• Mark Ingram and Gus Edwards combine for more than 150 yards of total offense, and the Ravens go over the 200-yard mark for the day.
- Lamar Jackson has a nice little “breakout” performance, totaling more than 275-yards and three touchdowns.
- Patrick Queen has a sack, capitalizing on Wentz holding the ball too long waiting for a receiver to break open.
- Devin Duvernay makes yet another big 40-plus yard play, either on a return or on the offensive side, forcing himself into the conversation of more action going forward.
Ravens 38 Eagles 16