Sunday's matchup between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Baltimore Ravens is my favorite of the week, and I'm no just saying that. How good can each of these teams become this season? Both teams are on a short list of serious Super Bowl contenders, but neither has been to the Super Bowl since 2005.
Both these teams have really good defenses. Everyone knows about the Ravens defense. If you have a TV, you have seen Ray Lewis in the last 20 minutes. Ed Reed was all over the highlight reel from their Monday night victory over the Bengals. Oh, and I didn't even get to their best defensive player, Haloti Ngata.
The Eagles have a really good defense, but most people don't believe it just yet. Part of the problem is that their defensive coordinator is their former offensive line coach, Juan Castillo. Most people aren't ready to accept that Castillo can be a good defensive coach. With the depth the have in the secondary and defensive line to go along with leader and Pro Bowler DeMeco Ryans, it will be hard to mess this up. This defense is for real.
This matchup is great because it is a potential Super Bowl matchup. The Ravens were a field goal away from sending last year's AFC Championship game into overtime, while the Eagles won their last four games by a very convincing margin. These two teams aren’t the two obvious Super Bowl teams, but they are certainly in the conversation.
Game plans are going to be crucial in this matchup. Both of these offenses can be very explosive and both defenses will punish you for the smallest mistakes. Here are 10 keys for an Eagles victory.