The Ravens, who play the Bengals at home Monday night, travel to Philadelphia next Sunday for an I-95 battle with the Eagles who are fellow Super Bowl contenders. The Eagles opened their 2012 season Sunday with an unimpressive 17-16 win against the lowly Cleveland Browns.
The fact that Philadelphia needed a late game-winning touchdown drive to defeat one of the least talented teams in the NFL is certainly a promising sign for Baltimore, but the most pleasant surprise for the Ravens had to be the poor play of Eagles quarterback Michael Vick.
Vick completed just 29-of-56 pass attempts against the Browns, which is barely above 50 percent. To add to that, Vick threw four interceptions, including one that was returned for a touchdown by Browns linebacker D'Qwell Jackson.
Vick has had an up-and-down career when it comes to interceptions. After throwing just six interceptions in 2010, Vick more than doubled his total in 2011 as he threw 14 interceptions in 13 games. The Browns secondary is talented, but throwing four interceptions in one game is unacceptable for any quarterback.
If the Eagles decide to air it out as much as they did on Sunday, it could spell trouble for Vick and Co. next Sunday against the Ravens. While the Ravens lack a consistent pass rush, the team's secondary has plenty of talent. If Vick is as inconsistent as he was today, it could be a lopsided victory in favor of the Ravens.
Baltimore will likely score more than the 16 points that Cleveland scored today, which means Philadelphia's offense must be much more effective in order to win. If Vick has a completion percentage as low as he did on Sunday and turns the ball over multiple times, the Ravens will cruise to victory.