Ravens vs. Eagles: TV Schedule, Live Stream, Spread, Radio, Game Time
Both the Philadelphia Eagles and Baltimore Ravens are 1-0, but the two teams took very different routes to their successful starts.
The Ravens put on a dominant display in Week 1 on Monday night. They trounced their division rival Cincinnati Bengals 44-13. The performance made them look like strong Super Bowl contenders.
The Eagles narrowly escaped the Cleveland Browns in their Week 1 matchup. They won 17-16 on the road, despite four interceptions from Mike Vick.
Though this is a matchup of two teams that began the season on a winning note, they don't appear to be on the same level.
Here are the specifics for catching the action and some deeper analysis.
When: September 16, 1:00 p.m. ET
Where: Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA
Live Stream: Directv Sunday Ticket (Pay Service)
Radio: WBAL-1090 AM in Baltimore, WIP-94 FM in Philadelphia
Spread: Philadelphia (-1) per Oddsshark.com
Neither team has a player listed as injured as of now. Ed Reed did tweak his hamstring returning an interception for a TD, but he told Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun the injury was minor.
"It strained my hamstring trying to dive. You know I'm 34 in two hours. Father Time does catch up with you. It's good, it's good. It's minor."
Fantasy Start Em, Sit Em and Sleeper
Ray Rice and LeSean McCoy are obvious starts every week they play, but you may want to consider an alternative to Mike Vick at quarterback.
With Ed Reed ball-hawking in the secondary and Vick coming off a four-interception performance in Week 1, this could be a rough week for Vick.
The sleeper this week is Dennis Pitta. The Ravens' tight end hauled in nine receptions in Week 1 for 73 yards and a TD. With the Eagles blanketing the outside receivers Pitta could have success up the seams.
What's At Stake
It's early in the season, but both teams want to make a statement. Both have the talent to picture themselves going deep into the playoffs. The Ravens showed that in their first game, the Eagles did not.
It is obvious both teams want to start 2-0, but beyond that they want to score a victory over a tough opponent. If the Ravens can go on the road and capture an impressive win, it would solidify the performance they had in Week 1.
The Eagles need to prove they belong in the same breath with the rest of the NFC contenders. Turning away a very good Ravens team would go a long way in that direction.
What They're Saying
In an article entitled Joe Flacco's Future Payday is Growing, BaltimoreRavens.com writer John Eisenberg writes:
"Flacco already had the track record of team accomplishments to command big dollars; two trips to the AFC title game by age 27 is good stuff. Gaudy passing stats were the only thing missing from his case for big dollars. Now it looks like they’re on the way."
It's true. Flacco has received some criticism in the past, but he has never really wavered off track from becoming one of the games' elite quarterbacks.
He started from day one with the team in 2008, he's never thrown for under 2971 yards, and he has guided the team to success. The mega payday is coming.
Dave Spadaro of PhiladelphiaEagles.com wrote this in his wrapup of the Eagles Week 1 win over the Browns:
"Michael Vick walked off the field minutes after a 17-16 win wearing a scowl. Disappointment? No, not quite. Frustration? Maybe. A combination of all of the above and more? Yeah, that’s more like it ..."
The Eagles win was the definition of winning ugly. The four interceptions were troublesome, but the Browns also deserve some credit. They have an underrated young defense, and they will make a few offenses look bad before the year is done.
Ravens Player To Watch: Ed Reed
The Eagles biggest issue in Week 1 was turnovers. Reed is perhaps the best safety in the NFL at capitalizing on the opposing quarterback's miscues.
If Vick makes mistakes anywhere near Reed it could be going the other way.
Reed doesn't just pick passes off, he's made a habit of taking them to the house. He has a whopping 58 interceptions in his Hall of Fame bound career, and he's returned seven of them for touchdowns.
Eagles Player To Watch: LeSean McCoy
The best way to open up space downfield for Vick and his receivers is to establish a rushing attack, or a short passing game.
McCoy has the versatility, playmaking ability and raw speed to excel in both areas. He had 110 yards on 20 rushes in Week 1 and caught six passes for 26 yards.
The touches were there, but they may need to increase for the Eagles to beat the Ravens. The more McCoy is involved, the more room the Eagles' other weapons have to operate.
Key Matchup: Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson vs. Lardarius Webb and Cary Williams
Containing the Eagles' speed receivers is key to stopping this team from putting up major numbers. The team is at its best when they can utilize their significant speed advantage.
Webb and Williams' ability to impede the speedsters progress off the line of scrimmage is huge. It could buy a few seconds for the pass rush to get to Vick.
On the Hot Seat: Mike Vick
Vick had a rough first week, but he did produce in the fourth quarter with the game-winning touchdown pass to tight end Clay Harbor. He needs to play well at home to keep the Philly faithful from turning on him.
As popular as he is in the city, it can happen. If he has another multiple interception game, the boo birds will be heard.
The Ravens are top to bottom one of the best teams in the NFL. Before the season is done the Eagles may join them, but based on what we saw in Week 1 the Eagles have a ways to go.
Vick will play better because he's a fierce competitor that puts a lot of pressure on himself, but the Ravens will come out victorious, 27-17.
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