While both teams emerged last week with a victory, their paths in doing so couldn’t have been more different.
The Ravens completely dominated the Cincinnati Bengals in a 44-13 blowout. Joe Flacco was able to spread the ball around and Ray Rice looked good with his limited carries.
It will be interesting to see Baltimore’s offensive trends going forward and if they will need to start getting Rice more involved to keep things balanced.
The Eagles, on the other hand, struggled against the lowly Cleveland Browns. While a win certainly looks good on the board, Philadelphia made too many mistakes and could have just as easily come out of Week 1 with a loss.
The offense was able to move the ball on the Browns' defense, but committing five turnovers won’t get you far in this league.
Here is one bold prediction for each team in Sunday’s matchup:
Ravens Allow Eagles to Rush for Over 200 Yards
While the Ravens defense only yielded 13 points to the Bengals offense, BenJarvus Green-Ellis and the rest of the Cincinnati backfield were able to pick up some nice yardage last week (129 total).
The Eagles gashed the Browns for 150 of their own rushing yards, so the recipe for success against Baltimore should be quite simple: Run the football.
LeSean McCoy is one of the more dynamic running backs in the NFL and Michael Vick presents problems when the pocket breaks down.
The fact that the Ravens still allowed the Bengals to rush for so many yards from a position of needing to play catch up should be cause for concern going into this Sunday’s matchup with the Eagles. Philadelphia’s offense is predicated on the run and they should play the game a lot closer than Cincinnati did last week.
Eagles Offense Scores on 75-Plus-Yard Play
The Eagles offense is far from efficient, as evidenced by their 17-point output on the Browns last week. But Philadelphia racks up yardage quickly and in large chunks.
Michael Vick and Co. were able to gain over 300 yards through the air and 150 yards on the ground in Week 1 against Cleveland. While the Ravens defense is obviously much better than what the Browns feature, the Eagles offense is as quick and dynamic as they come.
McCoy and Vick out of the backfield create tons of mismatches, and DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin have proven that they can consistently make big plays on any defense.
As unpredictable as the NFL is, even a strong Baltimore defense is prone to letting one slip by.
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