Baltimore Ravens/Philadelphia Eagles Recap
For the second consecutive week the Philadelphia Eagles and Michael Vick have looked bad on in the turnover category but for the second consecutive week they have escaped with a one-point victory against an AFC North opponent. Last week Vick was responsible for four Philadelphia turnovers (all interceptions) in their 17-16 victory over the Cleveland Browns and now this week he was responsible for three (two interceptions and one fumble lost) in Philly’s 24-23 win over the Baltimore Ravens.
Vick did pass for over 300 yards again (23-32, 371 yards, pass TD, rush TD) but he has got to find a way to stop turning the ball over so much (seven times in two games) before it leads to losses instead of close wins. LeSean McCoy had his second solid game of the season (25 carries for 81 yards) and is a huge reason why Vick has the passing lanes which he does to throw in with opposing defenses keyed on him.
One week after looking terrific on both sides of the football the Ravens cam crashing back down to earth as Joe Flacco (22-42, 232 yards, TD, INT) couldn’t run his new no-huddle offense as effectively versus the Eagles as he did against the Cincinnati Bengals. Baltimore did have a good chance to win following two long Justin Tucker field goals (51-yards and 48-yards) which put them up 23-17 in the fourth quarter but surprisingly their defense let them down.
Vick led Philadelphia on the game-winning 10-play, 63-yard drive late in the fourth and capped it off himself with a one-yard touchdown run which tied the game at 23 all with just 1:55 remaining and the extra point by Alex Henry gave Philly the lead and the victory. Flacco was very critical of the officiating following the game, but he had an opportunity to lead hie troops to the win and he failed.
Up next for the Eagles (2-0) who have their two victories by a combined two points are the surprisingly 2-0 Arizona Cardinals who upset the New England Patriots on Sunday 20-18. If the Eagles want to keep their perfect season alive Vick will have to find away to stop being so imperfect with his efficiency. Baltimore (1-1) ironically will host those same Patriots at M&T Bank Stadium in a rematch of last season’s AFC Championship Game on Sunday Night Football.