Opening weekend for the Ravens and Eagles could not have been more contrasting.
The Ravens dominated the Bengals on Monday Night Football, while the Eagles needed a late fourth-quarter touchdown drive to win a turnover-riddled game against the Browns.
So how much did the Ravens focus on those Week 1 performances heading into Sunday’s game against the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field?
“We moved on right after the win,” cornerback
An emphasis throughout the week has been to not overlook an Eagles team that piled up 456 yards of total offense. Philadelphia has Super Bowl aspirations, just like the Ravens, and they will be looking to rebound this week.
“You have to move on, for us to go in there and say, ‘The Eagles are not as good as they said,’ we’d be fooling ourselves,” linebacker
Winning in front of a hostile Philadelphia crowd is never easy, but beating the Eagles in their home opener has been a good sign for teams the last two years. The New York Giants and Green Bay Packers both beat the Eagles in their home opener and then went on to win the Super Bowl in the same year.
Could the Ravens follow in their footsteps?
3 Matchups To Watch
DE Jason Babin vs. LT
The Eagles have a relentless pass rush, which is headlined by Babin, who had 18 sacks last season. Oher started at left tackle for the Ravens last week and looks poised to remain in the starting role, so he will be tasked with protecting Flacco’s blindside.
CB Nnamdi Asomugha vs. WR
Asomugha is a shut-down corner that is often matched up against opposing teams’ top receivers. With wide receiver
RB LeSean McCoy vs. Outside Linebackers
The Eagles running back is one of the best backs in the NFL at testing the edge and running outside the tackles. McCoy is quick and shifty, which allows him to change direction and keep defenses off-guard. The Ravens struggled at stopping the run last week and they will have to do a better job against Philadelphia this week. Much of the pressure to keep McCoy inside will fall on outside linebackers
3 Questions To Answer
Can Flacco stay Hot?
Which Vick will show up?
Michael Vick struggled mightily in the opener, throwing four interceptions and fumbling twice. The four-time Pro Bowler still has the ability to break a big play at any point, but he has to do a better job of protecting the football if the Eagles are going to have a chance. A key for the Ravens is to hit him in the backfield and throw off his game.
Who will the Eagles have at receiver?
Philadelphia’s top two receivers, Desean Jackson (hamstring) and Jeremy Maclin (hip), are both questionable for Sunday. They were both limited participants in Friday’s practice, but if they can’t play, then that takes two critical targets away from Vick.
Total Defense – 322.0 (13)
Rush Defense – 129.0 (24)
Pass Defense – 193.0 (7)
Points Allowed Per Game – 16.6 (3)
Total Offense – 430.0 (4)
Rush Offense – 122.0 (11)
Pass Offense – 308.0 (5)
Points Scored Per Game – 44.0 (2)
Total Defense – 210.0 (1)
Rush Defense – 99.0 (17)
Pass Defense – 111.0 (1)
Points Allowed Per Game – 15.4 (1)
Total Offense – 456.0 (2)
Rush Offense – 150.0 (6)
Pass Offense – 306.0 (6)
Points Scored Per Game – 17.0 (23t)