At First Glance: Ravens At Eagles


John Eisenberg:  This was a mess of a game, replete with fights, injuries, turnovers, penalties, botched calls and replay challenges. The Ravens led by 10 points at halftime and by six in the fourth quarter, but they couldn't make enough plays on either side of the ball to finish the deal. Philadelphia dominated them, rolling up almost 500 yards of offense while controlling the ball for over eight more minutes, but the Eagles left the door open with a rash of mistakes that included four turnovers (three in the red zone) and several crucial penalties. The Ravens couldn't take advantage in the end because their up-tempo offense fell off badly after a fast start, repeatedly failing on third-and-short situations. It's weird: They were outplayed, yet they should have won. But they didn't.

*Ryan Mink: *The Eagles gave the Ravens chances to win this game. Philadelphia turned the ball over four times but Baltimore just couldn't polish them off. It was in large part due to a flat second-half offense. The referees will be a big talking point too. An offensive pass interference call wiped a Jacoby Jones touchdown off the board. A late fumble was overturned. Baltimore's offense had one final chance to get things going with one minute, forty-eight seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, but once again stalled near midfield. This will be one remembered for slipping out of the Ravens' hands.

Garrett Downing:The offense clearly didn't match their opening weekend performance, as the unit struggled to move the football throughout the second half. Quarterback Joe Flacco was inconsistent and the Eagles frustrated the Ravens' signal caller throughout the afternoon.  That was the difference in the ballgame. The struggles of the offense will be the main talking point throughout the week. The Eagles were able to move the ball on offense and came up with a clutch fourth-quarter drive to give them the victory.  The Ravens defense came away with four turnovers, which masked some of the struggles they had with stopping Michael Vick and company. The Ravens have to get right back to work after this one, as the Patriots are coming to town next week for a rematch of the AFC championship.

Sarah Ellison: I can already predict some of the headlines for this week and the cries from fans: Why not give the ball more to running back Ray Rice in the second half? Especially after he averaged more than 11 yards per carry in the first half. The other theme will be the inconsistent play of quarterback Joe Flacco from Week 1 to Week 2. The defense gave up nearly 500 yards, but four Eagles turnovers softened that blow.  And that was the third-straight Week 2 loss after an emotional season-opening win. That sums it up. This was a chippy matchup full of scrums, flags, turnovers, hard hits and injuries (will be interesting to get the Bernard Pollard injury update). On a positive note,  rookie kicker Justin Tucker was outstanding, hitting 56-, 51- and 48-yard field goals to keep the game close (last season, Billy Cundiff was 1-of-6 from beyond 50). Tucker is the first kicker in Ravens history to ever make two 50-plus-yard field goals, and the record couldn't have come at a better time. And the pass rush turned up the heat, hitting quarterback Michael Vick all day. It wasn't enough though, as the Ravens go 1-1.

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