Everything You Need to Know: Ravens vs. Eagles

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Basics

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m., Lincoln Financial Field

TV: WBAL-TV Channel 11 (Baltimore), Ravens crew (Gerry Sandusky, Brian Billick, Evan Washburn, special guest Cynthia Frelund) Radio: WBAL (1090 AM) & 98Rock (97.9 FM)

Jersey color: Purple

Stakes

The Ravens can extend their preseason winning streak to 16 games as they focus on building momentum toward the regular season. Some roster decisions and a few starting spots are still being solidified. This is the game when starters usually see the most preseason action.

History

The Eagles and Ravens haven’t met in the preseason since 2015, when Philadelphia rolled to a 40-17 home victory. Baltimore holds a 7-5 edge over the Eagles in their 12 preseason meetings.

Key Storylines

Will first-round pick Marquise Brown play, and if he does, how much?

There are just two preseason opportunities left for Brown to see game action prior to Week 1. He didn’t participate in Tuesday’s joint practice with the Eagles and Head Coach John Harbaugh did not go into detail about the status of players who weren’t on the field. However, it remains possible that Brown’s recovery from foot surgery in January could impact his playing time early in the season.

Will the situation at left guard become any clearer?

Jermaine Eluemunor started and played the majority of snaps at left guard last week, but he sat out Tuesday’s joint practice. James Hurst, Patrick Mekari and Ben Powers also have a chance to start, although Hurst’s versatility makes him a valuable backup. If Eluemunor doesn’t play, perhaps this will be Mekari’s opportunity to show he deserves consideration.

Will the defense have another standout performance?

Baltimore shut out the Jacksonville Jaguars to start the preseason. Last week, the Ravens held the Green Bay Packers to 226 total yards. Whether Eagles starting quarterback Carson Wentz plays or not, the Ravens expect a challenge trying to contain Philadelphia’s talented offense.

“This is going to be a big test for us going to Philly, because they have a lot of skill at wide receiver and tight end and running back,” Defensive Coordinator Wink Martindale said. “It’s going to be a measuring stick, definitely. It’s one of those things that we talk about. This third preseason game, it’s getting down to crunch time, now, where guys are going to make the 53 or they’re not. The biggest message was, ‘If you think you’re on the bubble, you are.’”

Can Miles Boykin have his best preseason game?

Boykin has practiced so well since the start of rookie OTAs, the third-round pick could be a Week 1 starter at wide receiver. Against a tough defense like Philadelphia’s, the Ravens would love to see Boykin have a strong outing in what could be his most extensive action of the preseason.

Other Players to Watch

ILB Kenny Young

He had the best hit of the Ravens’ preseason against Jacksonville, and with Chris Board suffering a concussion last week, Young could see extended playing time.

OLB Shane Ray

The Ravens signed Ray during the offseason hoping he would fortify their pass rush. It’s not too late for Ray to solidify a roster spot, but this would be a nice game for him to make a statement that he can pressure quarterbacks this year on a consistent basis.

WR Antoine Wesley

The undrafted free agent has made plays all summer, enough to clearly challenge for a roster spot. At least one undrafted free agent has made the Ravens’ 53-man roster for 15 straight years. Wesley would love to be the next undrafted rookie to beat the odds.

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