The world wouldn’t end if the Eagles lost to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 2 but it would sure make Philadelphia natives uncomfortable. The Eagles looked horrible in their 17-16 win over the Cleveland Browns in Week 1 and another bad effort will surely muzzle all of those Super Bowl expectations.
The good news is that the Eagles have rarely put forth back-to-back bad efforts in the Andy Reid era. Teams don’t always look great in their regular season openers (see: New Orleans, Green Bay, Detroit) and the Eagles might be filed in that category too. Another bad effort might indicate a trend whereas a win this week will prove that they were just a little rusty to start.
The latter is likely the case for quarterback Michael Vick, who barely played in the preseason. He threw four interceptions in Week 1 and his turnovers were the only reason that the Browns were in the game. As a team, the Eagles turned it over five times.
Without question, the Eagles have to take better care of the football as the Ravens come to town. Baltimore’s offense has been on fire ever since they installed the no huddle attack and they shredded a quality Cincinnati Bengals team on Monday night.
The good news is Philadelphia thrives against teams that prefer to pass as their pass rush and secondary is quite strong. They should also benefit from the fact that Baltimore is on a short week of rest.
The Eagles have won five of their last six contests as a home favorite of three points or less and they are posted as a three-point favorite on the NFL odds in this spot. This will clearly be one of the highlight games of the week and an important barometer test for the Eagles.