Sunday, September 16, 2012
How you feeling? Eagles-Ravens
By Dan Graziano
As the Philadelphia Eagles get set to host the Baltimore Ravens at 1 p.m. ET, here's one reason for Eagles fans to be feeling good and one reason for concern.
Feeling good: The defense is healthy and hungry. Even the supposed preseason question marks at safety (Kurt Coleman) and linebacker (DeMeco Ryans) were clicking last week in Cleveland, and you know if you've watched the Eagles over the past year that Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco is going to see a lot more pressure than he saw Monday from the Bengals. The Eagles are going to need to find a way to contain Baltimore running back Ray Rice, which won't be easy, but the Ravens' receivers shouldn't be a huge problem for the Eagles' defensive backs, and the defensive line should be able to harass Flacco enough to keep Baltimore from putting too many points on the board.
Cause for concern: The Ravens still play tough defense themselves, even after all these years. And even if Eagles receivers DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin are cleared to play (we'll know in a few minutes), there's reason to be concerned about how healthy they are and how much/well they can play against Baltimore's swarming D. Eagles quarterback Michael Vick absolutely has to be more responsible with the ball than he was last week (and last year, for that matter), and he's offered little reason for anyone to trust that he will be.