AFC North: Correll Buckhalter

Ravens, Eagles halftime notes

November, 23, 2008
11/23/08
2:45
PM ET
 
 James Lang/US Presswire
 Donovan McNabb had a rough first half against the Ravens.

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

BALTIMORE -- If you like odd games, this is the one for you.

After two quarters of football, the Baltimore Ravens lead the Philadelphia Eagles 10-7 at M&T Bank Stadium. There have been three turnovers, an illegal forward pass and a 100-yard kickoff return in a wild first half.

Here are some observations:

  • Baltimore's offense has been fairly predictable in the first half. The Ravens are running on most first downs and the Eagles are run blitzing, leading to very little yardage and long second-and-distance situations. Three turnovers from Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb have led to 10 Baltimore points.
  • The Eagles' offense continues to struggle on short distances. Dating to last week's game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Philadelphia has thrown the ball five straight times on third-and-1 and the Eagles didn't convert on any of the attempts.
  • The Eagles' 100-yard return by Quintin Demps was the longest kickoff return allowed in Baltimore Ravens history. The return also was timely, because it came with under two minutes to go in the first half and after the Ravens took a 10-0 lead.
  • There have been numerous injuries in the first half. For the Eagles, running back Correll Buckhalter injured his knee and his return is questionable. Ravens tackle Adam Terry also received a concussion in the second quarter and his return was listed as questionable.

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