Saturday, September 15, 2012
FRSDailyJournal: Pro Football Weekly Week Two NFL Preview: Ravens @ Eagles
The Ravens opened up the 2012 season on Monday Night Football about as well as possible, putting up forty four points against a good Cincinnati Bengals defense. That made the AFC Playoffs last year and they really took control of that game early and never let go, the Ravens offense for a change led the way in this game. And the defense played very well against a very good and young Bengals offense, only holding them to thirteen points, whereas the Philadelphia Eagles had a hard time. Against perhaps the worst team in the NFL this year in the Cleveland Browns who have been stuck in neutral since 2008, after barely missing the playoffs in 2007. The 2012 Eagles aren't as bad of a team that barely beat the Browns 17-16 last week and the Ravens aren't going to score forty four points a game this season. But even though the Ravens defense probably won't be as dominant on defense as they had in the past, they won't have to be the Ravens have the tools on offense. To be very good this year and I believe defenses have figured out how to beat and defend the Eagles offense. Take the run away from them and keep Mike Vick in the pocket and force him to try to beat you throwing the ball, not that he can't do that but he's much better when defenses have. To worry about the run and when he can move around in the pocket.
I don't see the Eagles running a lick against the Ravens this week, unless Mike Vick can get out of the pocket. And make big plays with his legs, this is not a running team to begin with, they have their running success, off of big plays in the passing game, this is not a traditional West Coast Offense. That Andy Reid has but more of a Spread Vertical where they are always looking for the big play in the passing game and have the WR's and TE's for it, as well as the RB's and QB for it. Without a running game, they are going to have a much harder time getting those big plays in the passing game, the Ravens run defense is still very solid, which is. Why I believe the Eagles offense will struggle tomorrow and the Ravens will be able to run the ball well enough to protect QB Joe Flacco and he'll be able to make big plays in the passing game.
The Eagles defense is better then Bengals, both against the run and pass and Mike Vick is a better QB then Andy Dalton. So I'm not predicting a blow out here but I got the Ravens wining 21-14, 24-14 or 24-17, I see the Ravens defense containing the Eagles offense and the Ravens offense. Making enough big plays on offense to give them a solid win, it should be a very good game tomorrow.