The 3-point underdog Baltimore Ravens will take on the Philadelphia Eagles in NFL preseason week 2 betting action. The game kicks off on Saturday night from Lincoln Financial Field at 7:00 PM ET after a week of joint practices.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) August 20, 2015
This is a big week for the Eagles. Rumors are that head coach Chip Kelly will finally debut both of his newly acquired weapons: QB Sam Bradford and RB DeMarco Murray. Kelly has been cautious with Bradford after his season was cut short last year after a preseason injury with the Rams. Bradford has played just seven games over the last two seasons, and 49 games since he entered the league. While the joint practices will still be limited contact, Bradford will face a pass rush for the first time in close to a year.
The Ravens already look in mid-season form. This is a team that is prepared to compete every season. I expect the Ravens to leave their starters in for almost a full half this week.
A Closer Look At The Baltimore Ravens at Philadelphia Eagles NFL Preseason Week 2 Betting Line, My Free Pick & TV Info
Baltimore Ravens vs Philadelphia Eagles
Date: Saturday, August 22, 2015
Start Time: 7:00 PM ET
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Stadium: Lincoln Financial Field
Odds: Eagles -3
Game Total: 44.5
Radio: Baltimore vs Philadelphia
Few teams looked as impressive and on the same page Philadelphia Eagles did last week. Their use of Kelly’s hurry-up Ducks offense was breathtaking. Last week they cycled through three QBs: March Sanchez, Matt Barkley and Tim Tebow.
— The MMQB (@theMMQB) August 17, 2015
Sanchez completed 2 of 7 passes for 52 yards, with 1 TD & 0 INT. Barkley went 12-20 for 192 yards 0 TDs & 1 INT. Alas it was Tebow that everyone wanted to see. The former Bronco, Jet and Patriot came in late in the game against the Colts last week. Even though he played against the rookies, un-drafted free agents and long-shot hopefuls, he fit into Kelly’s offense perfectly.
"You also have to look at who is in with who,” head coach Chip Kelly told Mark Eckel of NJ Advance Media. "There were a different set of receivers in there with Tim, than with Matt (Barkley) and Mark (Sanchez),” Kelly said. "And really a different line at times. There were some plays where you might say ‘why did Tim do that’ but the receiver ran the wrong route. He’s expecting a shallow cross, and there is no shallow cross. So what do you do?”
|2014 Offensive Leaders||2014 Defensive Leaders|
|QB Mark Sanchez (2418 yds, 14 TDs, 11 INTs)||LB Mychal Kendricks (112 tackles)|
|RB LeSean McCoy (1319 yds, 5 TDs)||S Malcolm Jenkins (3 INTs)|
|WR Jeremy Maclin (1318 yds, 10 TDs)||Connor Barwin (6.5 sacks)|
The preseason for teams like the Ravens is soley to take a look at their late round rookies, un-drafted free agents and long-shot hopefuls.
Starting QB Joe Flacco saw the field for a single series. He completed 5 of 6 passes for 33 yards, without a score or an interception. Veteran QB Matt Schaub will replace him at some point and then Bryn Renner will play cleanup.
“Joe’s going to continue to get better,” head coach John Harbaugh told Kevin Tresolini of The News Journal . “But it’s also our job to continue to build around him and put the pieces in place to help him shine, too.”
— Grantland (@Grantland33) August 16, 2015
|2014 Offensive Leaders||2014 Defensive Leaders|
|QB Joe Flacco (3986 yds, 27 TDs, 12 INTs)||LB C.J. Mosley (133 tackles)|
|RB Justin Forsett (1266 yds, 8 TDs)||LB C.J. Mosley (2 INTs)|
|WR Steve Smith Sr.(1065 yds, 6 TDs)||DE Elvis Dumervil (17.5 sacks)|
My NFL Preseason Week 2 Free Pick: Ravens 27-31 Eagles
The Ravens are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Eagles are 11-24-1 ATS in their last 36 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games on grass.
I expect Philadelphia’s second stringers and beyond will have more motivation than the Ravens as the Eagles depth is more of a question than Baltimore’s
How To Watch Ravens V Eagles NFL Preseason Week 2 Action:
|Gerry Sandusky, Stan White, Qadry Ismail
WBAL (NBC/11 – Baltimore)
Comcast Sportsnet (Mid-Atlantic)
WJLA (ABC/7 – Washington)
WHTM (ABC/27 – Harrisburg PA)
|Scott Graham, Mike Mayock
WCAU (NBC/10 – Philadelphia)
WPMT (FOX/43 – Harrisburg)
WOLF (FOX/56 – Scranton)
WHVL (My/29 – State College)
WRDE (NBC/31 – Rehoboth Beach DE)
Baltimore Ravens NFL Preaseason Week 2 Projected Starting Lineups
Offense: Joe Flacco (QB), Justin Forsett (RB), Steve Smith Sr. (WR1), Breshad Perriman (WR2), Marlon Brown (WR3), Maxx Williams (TE), Eugene Monroe (LT), Kelechi Osemele (LG), Jeremy Zuttah (C), Marshal Yanda (RG), Rick Wagner (RT)
Defense: Chris Canty (DT), Brandon Williams (NT), Timmy Jernigan (DT), Terrell Suggs (OLB), C.J. Mosley (ILB), Daryl Smith (ILB), Elvis Dumervil (OLB), Lardarius Webb (CB1), Jimmy Smith (CB2), Will Hill (S), Kendrick Lewis (S)
Philadelphia Eagles NFL Preaseason Week 2 Projected Starting Lineups
Offense: Sam Bradford (QB), DeMarco Murray (RB), Jordan Matthews (WR1), Nelson Agholor (WR2), Josh Huff (WR3), Brent Celek (TE1), Zach Ertz (TE2), Jason Peters (LT), Allen Barbre (LG), Jason Kelce (C), Matt Tobin (RG), Lane Johnson (RT)
Defense: Fletcher Cox (DE), Bennie Logan (NT), Cedric Thornton (DE), Brandon Graham (OLB), Mychal Kendricks (ILB), Kiko Alonso (ILB), Connor Barwin (OLB), Byron Maxwell (CB1), Eric Rowe (CB2), Walter Thurmond (SLOT), Malcolm Jenkins (FS), Earl Wolff (SS)