The Philadelphia Eagles and Ravens meet in Week 6 (but you already know that).
Well, by now the Philadelphia Eagles and Baltimore Ravens game has been examined by everybody and by using every possible angle. Let’s just say this. About 6,000 ‘Birds’ fans and about 7,500 people (total) will be allowed at Lincoln Financial Field. Philly welcomes the reigning NFL MVP (Lamar Jackson), their former special teams coordinator (John Harbaugh), and a team that seemingly has stars all over the place.
Philly needs a win to stay relevant in the lowly NFC East. The point is this. If you need to hear anything else to get ready for this one, you may want to check your pulse.
How about some bold predictions for the Philadelphia Eagles and Ravens.
1. Lamar Jackson is limited to 250 total yards.
As talented as Lamar Jackson is (and he is talented), there are moments and games where he vanishes. Think back to last year’s playoff game. That trend goes back to his days at Louisville with the Cardinals.
Here’s the game where defense finally matters. Expect a scoreless first quarter as both teams feel each other out, but Baltimore’s success in this one won’t come down to Jackson’s arm. It will come down to the Ravens running game, a running game that will put up close to 200 yards rushing. Expect another 200 yards from Jackson’s arm and 50 that he picks up with his legs.
2. Carson Wentz eclipses 300 yards passing for the first time all season in a mistake-free game.
Carson Wentz hasn’t played a game all season where he hasn’t thrown an interception, and in every game except one, he’s thrown multiple picks. That long-awaited mistake-free day comes today though.
That’s the good news. The bad news is this. Today’s tilt feels like a game where Wentz and company move the ball a lot but drives wind up stalling and with field goals. Philly will play a lot of ball control in the first half but as usual, they’ll forget to run the ball in the second, opening the door for a Ravens win.
3. The ‘Birds’ earn a second-consecutive moral victory in a game that mirrors the last meeting between these two teams.
The last time these two teams met, Philly came within inches of gutting out a road win, literally. Philly’s attempt to win on a two-point conversion went awry, but Carson Wentz proved he belonged.
Eagles fans are sick of hearing the words ‘moral victory’. Unfortunately, today, they’ll earn a second-straight. Philly will play better than expected. They’ll have the ball with the game on the line, but it will be the Ravens defense, not their offense, that preserves this game for them. Final score: Ravens 27, Eagles 24