This should be a good game to watch, but I don’t have much
of an opinion on it. I get the feeling
that the Eagles play to the level of their opponent, so if that’s the case, we
should see a much better Philly team this week.
Baltimore looked great on Monday night, but I still have questions about
their OL and their ability to replace Terrell Suggs & Jarret Johnson on
Philly has an excellent DL rotation and should definitely
test a retooled Baltimore OL. The Ravens
lost an excellent run blocker, G Ben Grubbs in the offseason. One of his potential replacements was Kelechi
Osemele, who has now taken over at RT. Last
year’s RT Michael Oher has shifted back to LT.
C Birk and G Yanda are the only pieces still in place from last
season. So it might take a few games for
this unit to fully gel. It will be
important since Flacco has very little mobility and is not known for having a
I worry about Philly’s WR depth, as they will be without
Riley Cooper; Avant, Jackson and Maclin are all listed on the injury report
(Jackson and Maclin questionable).
Michael Vick takes a lot of hits with his style. Things could get ugly vs a very physical Baltimore
defense. If the Ravens have success stopping
LeSean McCoy, look for them to blitz Vick (who struggled dealing with it
throughout last yr), leading to more hits.
How many times last season did Baltimore look impressive at
home one week, then go on the road and look awful the very next week? 2011 Week 1:
Beat Pittsburgh 35-7. 2011 Week
2: Lost to Tennessee 26-13 (5.5-pt
favorite). Week 6: Beat Houston
29-14. Week 7: Lost at Jax 12-7 (10-pt favorite). Week 9:
Beat Pittsburgh again, 23-20.
Week 10: lost at Seattle 22-17
The one thing Baltimore has in their favor is that Philly
(should be) pretty good, so they should have Baltimore's attention, whereas the
losses above were to average or worse squads.
This game is a pass for me…very slight lean to Baltimore
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