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Ravens Hang On to Edge Philly, 30-28

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The Baltimore Ravens defeated the Philadephia Eagles 30-28 in Week 6 of the 2020 NFL season. RSR staff react to the win here…

Derek Arnold

Another game against Philly, another that comes to down a late two-point conversion…wild.

It’s also wild to be 5-1 headed into the bye and be largely unimpressed and uneasy…yet that’s where most of the Baltimore fan base finds itself right now. While if it weren’t for the huge disparity in penalties and yardage, the final score would have likely been much more lopsided, the fact remains that there are issues for Baltimore, especially on the offensive side of the ball. The offensive line continues to struggle following the retirement of anchor Marshal Yanda, both in opening holes in the running game and in pass blocking. Failures in the latter have led to Lamar Jackson largely regressing in the department of climbing the pocket, in which he was masterful during his 2019 MVP campaign. Now he bails too early, and those plays usually end up with, at best, a throwaway.

Let’s remind ourselves: 5-1. And let’s also remember that this is always a team that comes out strong following their bye week, which now comes BEFORE the matchup with the Steelers as opposed to AFTER, thanks to the Titans’ brush with Covid-19.

Also, is poor DeShon Elliott EVER going to get his first career pick? Today he dropped an easy one that would have all but sealed the game about 5 minutes sooner.

Chad Racine

This game never should’ve been close. The penalties were ridiculous. In the first half the defense smothered Carson Wentz. Calais Campbell played put of his mind. Out of nowhere the Eagles were back in the game and nearly tied it up. I think the bye week being a week early is a blessing.

The Ravens are going to need it to beat an undefeated Steelers team.

Aidan Griesser

While it’s silly to call this team the worst 5-1 team of all time (that’s clearly the 2020 Bears), I can understand the argument. The Ravens have yet to play a complete game this year and nearly choked their lead away in Philadelphia. Here are my main takeaways:

– Baltimore’s continued lack of commitment to the running game is still a concern, even after they easily topped 100 yards today. Play calling, especially with a big lead, was once again a head-scratcher for me.

– I thought the defense played fairly well today and really only allowed 28 points due to questionable calls from the refs. The key one was the PI on Marcus Peters, which very clearly was just hand-fighting. Aside from those sorts of calls, the defense was solid enough.

– The Ravens should still look to get Devin Duvernay, J.K. Dobbins, and James Proche into the offensive game plan more. All three of these guys are shifty and should make the passing game more explosive.

– This is a great time to have a BYE, and Baltimore has plenty of work to do before playing the undefeated Steelers, who will be amped up to prove their legitimacy – but who also first have to go through the equally undefeated Titans.

 

We’ll have more knee-jerk reactions as they roll in…

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