Ravens near unanimity in Ravens vs. Eagles Picks
It will be a battle between second-place teams when the Ravens and Eagles meet in Philadelphia on Sunday, but only one of those teams has so far won several.
Despite their place in the NFC East standings, the Eagles are 1-3-1, which includes a 0-1-1 record at Lincoln Financial Field. Philadelphia is a 7.5-point underdog against the Ravens (4-1), which has won eight straight road games, the longest current streak in the NFL.
The Eagles have been playing better the last few weeks. They beat the San Francisco 49ers, 25-20, on Oct. 4, giving the undefeated Steelers a bang in Pittsburgh in a 38-29 loss last week. The overwhelming majority of experts do not see the Eagles disturbing the Ravens, but some believe it will be a competitive game.
46 of the 47 experts we looked at chose the Ravens (Sports Illustrateds Andrew Brandt was the exception). Of the 25 who predicted the score, seven believe the Ravens will win by seven points or less, and four have the Ravens winning by five points or less.
Here is an example of what the experts predict for the game:
Baltimore Suns Jonas Shaffer: “The Eagles have an inclined quarterback, a leaky offensive line and an exhausted receiving corps. The Ravens could not ask for anything more on defense.”
Baltimore Suns Daniel Oyefusi: “Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has already thrown nine interceptions this season and he faces a Ravens defense that has taken the ball away 10 times, second best in the NFL. If the Ravens can force Wentz to make some mistakes early, they should run away with this game easily. “
NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal: “The Ravens ‘lack of a one-on-one pasrusher could haunt them against a major offense, but their blitz-happy scheme is a nightmare for vulnerable offensive lines like the Eagles’ unit, especially if Lane Johnson is out.”
Just because the Eagles had some success against a tough Steelers defense last week does not mean they will duplicate that success against the Ravens defense.
Pro Football Talk’s Chris Simms: “There will be less light throws for Carson Wentz this week than there were last week. They’re a little more obedient to what they’re doing in Baltimore and I can not see them being blown up during the game for a big game. or do something like that. The fact is, they can flash and really lock you in man to man; Pittsburgh can’t do that kind of thing. Pittsburgh does not have good man-to-man corners. “
Ravens DB Jimmy Smith isone”oneideal opportunity ‘to include Eagles TE Zach Ertz.
Penn Lives Aaron Kasinitz: “Sure, Eagles star Zach Ertz has struggled to match his production from previous seasons so far this year, but he’s still a three-time Pro Bowler and one of the most respected tight ends in the NFL. Smith, a [10-year] veteran, will likely be at the heart of the Ravens’ plan to fight him. Smith played a number of roles in the secondary this season, and his size and coverage ability make him an ideal opportunity to line up across tight ends with pass-catching skill, like Ertz. “