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Baltimore Ravens vs. Philadelphia Eagles Pick & Prediction OCT 18TH 2020

Complete TV: CBS Lincoln Financial Field Philadelphia
263Ravens Baltimore
264Eagles Philadelphia
OP
0
48.5
CU
-10.5 +108
47.5o -104
ML
ML: -450
ML: 360
Partials
3 4
14 3 7 6
0 0 6 22
Score
30
28

Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz has a healthy respect for Lamar Jackson, and that has not waned even though the speedy Baltimore Ravens quarterback has been slow out of the blocks to start this season.

 

Schwartz will hope to keep Jackson in neutral -- or perhaps at least in a slower gear -- on Sunday afternoon when the Ravens (4-1) visit the Eagles (1-3-1) in Philadelphia.

 

"Jackson is probably the most dangerous player in the league," Schwartz said. "Because there are times you can do everything right on defense and can't catch him, or he can throw a ball sidearm underneath of a free rusher and complete a pass.

 

"I think that you've got to have a resilient attitude when you play him, and you know that a playmaker like him is going to make some plays. You just have to limit his big plays, and you have to stay resilient. You can't hang your (head) if he ends up making a play."

 

Jackson completed just 19 of 37 passes for 180 yards in Baltimore's 27-3 romp over Cincinnati last Sunday. Perhaps the more important numbers to digest were that the reigning NFL MVP rushed two times for a career-low 3 yards, although those numbers came on the heels of him missing two practices last week with a sore knee and a stomach bug.

 

"I'm good. I'm way better than I was last week," Jackson said Wednesday.

 

Coach John Harbaugh said he isn't overly concerned with the team's offense, however.

 

"We're just trying to move the ball and score points by any means necessary," Harbaugh said. "There really are no rules in terms of what direction we go. We just want to find ways to get it done and we're searching for those things on offense right now and we always will."

 

While Baltimore's 31st-ranked passing offense has barely gotten off the ground, its NFL-best scoring defense (15.2 points per game) has stepped up -- namely rookie Patrick Queen. The AFC Defensive Player of the Week had a pair of fumble recoveries last week, including one that he returned 53 yards for a score.

 

Queen also had one of the Ravens' seven sacks versus the Bengals, and that probably is a sore spot for Carson Wentz. The Eagles quarterback, after all, has been sacked an NFL second-most 19 times this season.

 

Wentz wasn't spared in last week's 38-29 setback to Pittsburgh, as he was sacked five times. In addition, he was picked off twice to boost his interception total to a league-high nine on the season.

 

A makeshift offensive line is partly to blame, and the Eagles didn't exactly receive good news on that topic with three-time Pro Bowl right tackle Lane Johnson this week soliciting a second opinion on his surgically repaired ankle. His status for this Sunday's game remains in question.

 

Philadelphia's offense saw both highs and lows last week. Wide receiver Travis Fulgham recorded career-high totals in receptions (10) and receiving yards (152), although three-time Pro Bowl tight end Zach Ertz had just one for 6 yards.

 

Perhaps the return of some familiar faces will aid the Eagles, and we're not talking players. A limited capacity of 7,500 fans will be allowed inside Lincoln Financial Field.

 

"We have been working very closely with state and local officials, public health experts, and the National Football League on a number of scenarios to safely bring Eagles fans back to Lincoln Financial Field," Eagles president Don Smolenski said. "After many thoughtful and active discussions, we are thrilled to announce that the fan experience will return to Lincoln Financial Field this Sunday."

 

Eagles wide receivers Alshon Jeffery (foot) and DeSean Jackson (hamstring) joined cornerback Avonte Maddox (ankle) and tight end Richard Rodgers (neck) in being limited in Wednesday's practice.

 

Three-time Pro Bowl cornerback Darius Slay (concussion) joined Johnson, defensive tackles Fletcher Cox (personal) and Hassan Ridgeway (illness) in sitting out practice on Wednesday.

 

Ravens cornerbacks Marcus Peters (thigh) and Jimmy Smith (knee) joined defensive end Calais Campbell (not injury related) and offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley (shoulder) in failing to practice on Wednesday. Wide receiver/special teamer Chris Moore (finger/thigh) was limited.

 

--Field Level Media

 

Baltimore Ravens vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Lamar Jackson threw for one touchdown and ran for another as the Baltimore Ravens bolted out to an early lead before holding on for a 30-28 win over the Eagles on Sunday in Philadelphia.

Jackson completed 16 of 27 passes for 186 yards and added 108 yards on just nine carries for the Ravens (5-1), who won their third in a row. Kicker Justin Tucker contributed three field goals.

Carson Wentz hit on 21 of 40 throws for 213 yards with two touchdowns for Philadelphia (1-4-1), which dropped its second straight game. The Eagles fell to 0-3 at home and were booed for most of the day.

Wentz nearly pulled out a dramatic finish by leading two touchdown drives in the last 3:48. He scored from 1 yard out with 1:55 to pull the Eagles within two points, but his 2-point conversion run to tie the game was snuffed out at the line of scrimmage by Matthew Judon.

James Proche covered the ensuing onside kick and Jackson ripped off a 21-yard run two plays later for the first down that sealed the outcome. It also got Jackson over 100 yards rushing for the first time this year.

Jackson started the scoring less than seven minutes into the game, finding tight end Nick Boyle for a 7-yard touchdown pass. Gus Edwards added a 7-yard scoring run with 35 seconds left in the first quarter for a 14-0 lead.

Tucker's 46-yard field goal with 12:08 remaining in the half gave Baltimore a three-score lead at the half.

But Philadelphia got on the board early in the third quarter when J.J. Arcega-Whiteside recovered Miles Sanders' fumble in the end zone following Sanders' 74-yard run.

Jackson responded with a 37-yard touchdown run at the 4:32 mark for a 24-6 advantage.

Wentz hit Jason Croom for a 3-yard scoring strike just 1:28 into the fourth quarter. Tucker answered with 55 and 46-yard field goals, setting up the Eagles' frantic rally that fell just short.

--Field Level Media