The Eagles and Ravens meet in Week 6 for the first time since 2016, when the Ravens won by a single point. What will we see this time around? RSR bold predictions below…
The schedule sets up well for the Ravens over the next couple of weeks. This week they take on a banged up Eagles team in Philly and then they go into their bye week to rest, heal and prepare for a visit from the Steelers. Meanwhile the Ravens’ arch-rival takes on the competitive Cleveland Browns this weekend after which, the Steelers travel to Nashville to take on the Titans while Baker Mayfield & Co. head to Cincinnati.
By the time the sun sets on November 1, the race in the AFC North could take on a decidedly different look – one that favors the Ravens. But first things first at The Linc.
• Look for a bounce back game from Lamar Jackson who will showcase the form that we grew accustomed to in 2019. Lamar’s line will look like 20 of 27 for 220 yards and a TD to Devin Duvernay from 40 yards out. No. 8 will also rush for 65 yards and a score. That said, he will be dropped three times by Messrs. Graham, Barnett and Sweat.
• This game will provide no clue as to who the Ravens’ bell cow will be in the backfield. The three-headed monster will share 25 carries totaling 130 yards and a touchdown. Look for Mark Ingram to spring free for 25+ yards on a well-executed screen.
• The Ravens will force 3 Eagles turnovers, two of the gifts coming from Carson Wentz who will be picked off by DeShon Elliott and the Philly QB will lose a fumble following a sack by Matt Judon. The Ravens will tally a total of 4 sacks.
• Miles Sanders has averaged 5.1 yards per carry in 2020. He’ll only be able to move it at 3 yards per clip against the Ravens. He’ll finish with less than 40 yards rushing.
The Ravens will go into the bye with a handsome (5-1) record to keep pace with the Steelers who will defeat the Browns by the score of 31-27.
Ravens 30 Eagles 16
— The Ravens will be challenged to get back on track against the Eagles, who are ranked third in the NFL with 18 sacks. The Ravens offensive line shroud be mostly at full strength and that should help with the pass blocking.
— Rookie linebacker Patrick Queen will face another tough test because Philadelphia likes to throw to tight ends and to running backs out of the backfield. Queen has improved each week against the pass, especially in zone coverage. Expect him to have another big game.
— The Ravens are 3-0 when they commit to the running game this season. Greg Roman has spread out the carries and that could be the case again this week. Baltimore will look to wear down the Eagles front seven just like they did against Houston and Washington.
— Look for Jackson to try and get Miles Boylin, Willie Snead and Devin Duvernay more involved because Philadelphia will focus on taking his favorite targets — Mark Andrews and Hollywood Brown — out of the game.
— Wink Martindale will keep the pressure on Carson Wentz, who has been sacked 19 times, second behind Joe Burrow. The pressure will also make Wentz more susceptible to mistakes. Wentz has thrown 1,188 yards with six touchdowns and nine interceptions for the league’s 26th-ranked passing attack.
— The Ravens need to keep the momentum heading into the bye because the toughest portion of their schedule looms in November. Baltimore will put together another workmanlike performance.
Ravens 34 Eagles 17
Living near the PA line, I have a lot of friends that are Eagles fans. One of them texted me a few days ago saying he anticipated the Ravens will blow out the Eagles. Neither the fans or the team show many signs of confidence right now. I expect another two-score win from the Ravens. The Ravens are still not a polished offensive unit but they shouldn’t struggle against the Eagles defense.
— Lamar gets his legs back and runs for 50 yards and passes for 300 yards while throwing 2 touchdowns.
— J.K. Dobbins will be the leading rusher for 80 yards and a score.
— Devin Duvernay will be the recipient of his first receiving touchdown for 30 plus yards.
— The Ravens defense will combine for 5 sacks on the day.
— Patrick Queen will have an interception and a forced fumble.
Ravens 31 Eagles 16
For some reason, I feel this game against the Eagles will be tougher for the Ravens than others might expect. Yes, they’ve done tremendously against all teams not named the Chiefs, but in each game, there’s been reason to believe Baltimore hasn’t played a complete game. In Philly, things might not be as clear-cut as most predict. Still, it’d be disappointed to leave Lincoln Financial Field without a win.
— Lamar Jackson has yet another underwhelming game throwing the ball, only tossing one TD pass to Mark Andrews and failing to reach 250 yards against a weak Eagles secondary.
— Dobbins finally has a game as the featured back, and he gashes Philly for just under 100 yards and a score of his own.
— The defense continues its streak of games with a turnover, as Patrick Queen and Marlon Humphrey intercept passes from Carson Wentz.
— Wink Martindale’s unit performs so well against Wentz that the Eagles finally roll out Jalen Hurts early in the third quarter. Hurts does find more success against a defense that will have to adjust quickly to a new play style.
Ravens 27 Eagles 16
There seems to be a lot of uneasiness around Baltimore regarding these Ravens. Some of that is justified, but if you look at the glass half full, this team has been winning by double-digits week in and week out while not playing their best football. So giving them only 7.5 points here when they haven’t won a game by less than two touchdowns this season and have a 15.5 average road point differential seems like a gift.
Baltimore is 3rd in the NFL in takeaways (10) and have a streak of 18 straight games with a turnover. On the other side of the ball, the Eagles lead the NFL with 11 turnovers so far this season with eight of those coming from the arm of Carson Wentz. That doesn’t bode well for Philadelphia.
The Ravens will continue their turnover and winning by double-digit streaks alive. Ravens 27-10.
Baltimore is 4-0-1 ATS in their last five games as a road favorite of seven or more points. The Eagles are 1-6 ATS in their last seven home games.
My Pick: Baltimore -7.5
Carson Wentz and the Eagles haven’t been too easy on the eyes this season. Wentz has looked like a shell of his former self and his supporting cast doesn’t do him any favors. But I think that the Eagles ride the little momentum they have from a surprisingly competitive performance against a stout Steelers defense that kept them in the game until the end last week.
While the Eagles are 2-0 vs the Ravens when they play in Philly, the personnel matchup just isn’t going to be kind to the hosts.
Jimmy Smith will lock down tight end Zach Ertz, who hasn’t been able to get any separation this season and doesn’t look like the stud tight end we’re used to seeing. Ertz finishes the game with just 2 catches for 15 yards.
The Ravens defense feast on turnover-prone Wentz. Marcus Peters and DeShon Elliott both snag a wayward pass, Peters taking his to the end zone. Patrick Queen will also get to Carson Wentz outside of the pocket and force a fumble.
While Hollywood Brown faces a partial shadow from Darius Slay and double coverage on intermediate – deep routes, Mark Andrews balls out in a big way, taking receptions and turning them into over 115 yards and two touchdowns, one coming from a 40+ yard pass from Jackson.
Ravens 34 Eagles 17