The Baltimore Ravens had the look of a serious Super Bowl contender in their Week One trouncing of the Cincinnati Bengals. Now, they will have to deal with another team harboring serious Super Bowl aspirations in the Philadelphia Eagles.
While both of these teams enter off wins, they could not have been more different stylistically. The Ravens hit on all cylinders in their 44-13 thrashing of the Bengals as seven-point home favorites, while the Eagles barely managed to get by the lowly Cleveland Browns, 17-16, as 9-point road favorites.
Led by Joe Flacco’s 21-of-29 performance and 299 yards through the air, the Ravens rolled up 430 yards of total offense against the Bengals while going a perfect three-for-three for touchdowns in the Red Zone. Flacco, who is emerging as a top-tier NFL quarterback, was so good Monday night that he was voted the AFC Offensive Player of the Week.
On the flip side, the Eagles offense moved the ball well enough (456 total yards) but a plague of turnovers led to little scoring. Quarterback Michael Vick, limited to 12 snaps in the preseason, threw four interceptions Sunday before finally pulling out the win with a 98-yard touchdown drive in the final two minutes.
These two perennial playoff teams have not faced each other since the 2008 season when the Ravens pounded the Eagles 36-7. Don’t expect a blowout like that this time as this game has all the hallmarks of being close. The NFL odds vouch for that premise as the Eagles are slight 1 point home favorites at most sports books.
This is one of the tougher match-ups of Week Two, but we’re giving the slight nod to the Eagles. The simplistic reasoning is that Vick figures to show improvement with significant game action and the Eagles could get a lift from Lincoln Financial Field.