In this battle of the birds we will see exactly which team can fly higher as both the Baltimore Ravens and Philadelphia Eagles look to soar towards a potential Super Bowl appearance. In week one it was a tale of two teams for these two, even though both got a victory to start off the they looked like night and day in doing so.
The Ravens in my opinion looked like the most dominant team in the league on both sides of the ball, moving the rock around effortlessly against a solid Cincinnati Bengals defense and stifling just about the Bengals offense attempted to do on the other end in an impressive 44-13 shelling. Joe Flacco looked as if he is finally ready to live up to his own words (calling himself the best QB in the NFL) as he ran the Ravens new no-huddle offense to perfection. The New Joe Cool completed 21 of his 29 pass attempts for 299 yards and two scores while Ray Rice did his usual of combining solid numbers on the ground (10 carries for 68 yards and two touchdowns) and in the passing game (three receptions for 25 yards).
The Ravens defense of course was the Ravens defense as Ray Lewis and Ed Reed (interception return for touchdown) anchored this unit while making Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton look worse than he did throughout his entire rookie season of last year. The Baltimore defense surrendered a total of just 322 yards (193 passing and 129 rushing) to Cincinnati while seeming ageless in the process. Expect more of the same this week because they’re just that good and can make any offense look hopeless.
The Eagles on the other hand should consider themselves lucky for escaping Cleveland with a 1-0 record as they struggled mightily versus the lowly Cleveland Browns. Michael Vick produced a game he’d love to forget (29-56 for 317 yards, 2 TD and 4 INT) and things won’t get any easier against Mr. Lewis and his crew of head bangers. LeSean McCoy had a solid game on the ground for Philly (20 carries for 120 yards) and they will need him to have another one just like it to keep the Raven defense honest.
Philadelphia’s defense was a bright spot for them as they gave up just 210 yards of total offense (111 yards passing and 99 yards rushing) to the Browns as this will be a test to both them and Flacco to see which one is the real deal. How will they answer Baltimore’s new no-huddle attack, that’s the question as one of these two units is in for a true game of jepordary.
In the end I like Baltimore’s chances a whole lot better than Philly’s in this one and I expect Flacco to put together another fine game as well as the Raven defense. Baltimore 27 – Philadelphia 17.