With a road game looming against Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles, it was hardly a surprise to hear Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh use the term "scary good" in describing the quarterback play. The fact that Harbaugh was speaking of his own signal caller, Joe Flacco, instead of the multi-talented Vick spoke volumes of the season-opening performances of each team. Baltimore will try to make it two straight wins against the Eagles, who narrowly escaped a stunning upset at Cleveland in Week 1.
Baltimore looked like an offensive juggernaut Monday night in dismantling the Cincinnati Bengals 44-13 behind a superb effort from the oft-maligned Flacco, while Vick had to overcome one of the worst games of his career to lift Philadelphia to a 17-16 victory over the Browns. Although both teams have been touted as Super Bowl contenders, the Eagles wilted under similar great expectations a year ago and their turnover-filled opener conjured up memories of last season's 1-4 start.
TV: 1 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Eagles -2.5, O/U 46.5.
ABOUT THE RAVENS (1-0): Baltimore has been waiting seemingly forever for the offense to catch up with the fierce Ray Lewis-led defense. That time may have arrived. The Ravens unveiled a no-huddle attack and Flacco thrived in it, carving up one of last season's best defenses for 299 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 21-of-29 passing. Running back Ray Rice had to settle for a supporting role - albeit a stellar one - with 10 carries for 68 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Despite the absence of reigning Defensive Player of the Year Terrell Suggs, the Ravens had four sacks and forced two turnovers.
ABOUT THE EAGLES (1-0): Injuries limited Vick to a handful of plays in the preseason, and his lack of game action showed as he tied a career high with four interceptions before leading a 91-yard TD drive with 78 seconds to play. Vick heaved up a career-high 56 pass attempts despite the Eagles not trailing until the fourth quarter, reviving the second-guessing of coach Andy Reid's play-calling. Wideout Jeremy Maclin had a solid game with seven catches for 96 yards and a TD, as did running back LeSean McCoy with 110 yards on 20 carries. Philadelphia's defense limited the Brown to only 210 yards.
1. Ravens S Ed Reed, who returned an interception 34 yards for a TD last week to become the league's career leader for most interception return yards (1,497), is questionable with a hamstring injury.
2. Philadelphia starting WRs DeSean Jackson (hamstring) and Maclin (hip) each sat out practice Thursday.
3. Harbaugh, who was an assistant coach for 10 seasons with the Eagles before being named Ravens coach in 2008, is 11-5 against the NFC.
PREDICTION: Eagles 27, Ravens 24
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- ThighOut indefinitely | I-R
James has been designated for the injured reserve list with a thigh injury, and it is uncertain when he will be activated.
- Kneeday-to-day | questionable
Seumalo departed the previous game after injuring his knee, and it is unknown if he will line up against the Bengals during Week 3.
- Wristday-to-day | questionable
Slay departed the last game with a left wrist injury, and it is unclear if he will play Week 3 against the Bengals.
- AnkleProb Sun | probable
Johnson was absent from the lineup during the previous game due to an ankle injury, but it is likely that he will face the Rams on Sunday.
- KneeProb Sun | probable
Peters is bothered by a knee injury, but he is expected to be active Sunday versus the Rams.
- HamstringOut indefinitely | I-R
Curry has been added to the injured reserve list due to a left hamstring injury, and there is no timetable for return.
- ConcussionProb Sun | probable
Graham was lifted from the last game due to a concussion and is going the league mandated protocol. He is expected to be cleared in time to play Sunday against the Rams.
- HamstringProb Sun | probable
Barnett sat out the previous game with a hamstring injury, but it is likely that he will line up versus the Rams on Sunday.
- Kneeday-to-day | doubtful
Young exited Sunday's game with a left knee injury, and he is unlikely to return.
- Ankleday-to-day | questionable
Stanley left Sunday's game with an ankle injury, and it is unknown if he will come back.
- FingerOut Sun | out
Moore missed the last game due to a broken finger, and he will not be available versus the Texans on Sunday.
- KneeOut Sun | out
Madubuike has a knee injury and did not play in the previous game. He will not return to the fold against the Texans on Sunday.
- ThighOut Sun | out
Hill sat out the last game with a thigh injury, and he will not be able to suit up against the Texans on Sunday.
- HipProb Sun | probable
Stanley left the last game with a hip injury, but it is unlikely to affect his status for Sunday's clash against the Texans.
- ShoulderProb Sun | probable
Humphrey is dealing with an injured shoulder, but he is expected to be available Sunday against the Texans.
- HipProb Sun | probable
Smith has a hip injury, but he is expected to face the Texans on Sunday.