Ravens vs Eagle : 3 bold predictions for the Ravens vs. Eagles preseason Week 3
The third week of the preseason is here, with the Ravens lining up against the Philadelphia Eagles after the two teams practiced jointly this week. The Ravens have won both of their exhibition contests, defeating the Jaguars and Packers. The Eagles are 1-1, with a loss to the Titans and victory over the Jaguars last week.
Traditional thinking is that the third preseason game is something of a dress rehearsal for the regular season. Attitudes towards the preseason are changing somewhat, with a lot of teams keeping their starters almost totally out of the action. However, this matchup is still likely to offer some final glimpses of what kind of shape the Ravens are in before the action gets real in a few weeks.
Let’s take a look at some of the bold predictions for this game:
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The Eagles have kept quarterback Carson Wentz out of both of their preseason games so far, trusting their offense to Nate Sudfeld, Cody Kessler and rookie Clayton Thorson. However, both Sudfeld and Kessler have picked up injuries along the way, prompting the Eagles to bring 40-year-old Josh McCown out of retirement.
Thorson has completed 51.4% of his pass attempts this preseason, going 18-of-35 for 182 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. He should see the bulk of the playing time but is unlikely to have his life made easy for him by the Ravens. Baltimore leads the league in overall defense during the preseason, allowing a mere 169 yards per game. This includes just over 107 passing yards per contest. The Ravens have more sacks this preseason than all but four other teams. Thorson, and indeed McCown if called upon, are going to feel it after this one.
OLB Shane Ray
The Ravens signed Ray during the offseason hoping he would fortify their pass rush. It’s not too late for Ray to solidify a roster spot, but this would be a nice game for him to make a statement that he can pressure quarterbacks this year on a consistent basis.
WR Antoine Wesley
The undrafted free agent has made plays all summer, enough to clearly challenge for a roster spot. At least one undrafted free agent has made the Ravens’ 53-man roster for 15 straight years. Wesley would love to be the next undrafted rookie to beat the odds.