The Philadelphia Eagles have been one of the most disappointing teams during the first quarter of the regular season. Carson Wentz has been a complete dud with a league-high nine interceptions, but he hasn’t had help with the second-most sacks (19) due to injuries and an iffy offensive line. The Baltimore Ravens are coming off one of the most dominant defensive outings against the Cincinnati Bengals last week (27-3 win) and have given up the sixth-fewest yards per game thus far.
Lamar Jackson is continuing to play extraordinarily well with almost 1,200 yards from scrimmage, but it feels like the Ravens have yet to click offensively as well. He is 25th in the league in passing yards and 12th in QBR. With Philly’s cornerback Darius Slay being added to the injury report after being in concussion protocol, injuries could rear its ugly head.
(Injury reports and line movements updated as of Sunday Morning.)
Line movements: The line for this one has moved a bit toward the visiting team as the week has worn on. Baltimore opened as a solid seven-point favorite in this contest. As of Sunday, that line has moved to the Ravens giving 9.5 points at most sportsbooks. 60 percent of the bets against the spread are backing the Ravens giving the points in this contest.
The total was originally set at 48.5 points but the total has dropped a little bit during the week. It now sits at 46 or 46.5 points depending on the sportsbook. A solid majority, 72 percent, of the bets on the total in this contest are backing this one going over the mark despite the dropping of the total.
Game-time Weather: Temperature at kickoff will be in the low 60s and will reach the mid-60s as the game wears on. There are plenty of clouds in the forecast but there is no precipitation expected during the contest. Winds are expected out of the southeast around seven miles an hour with the gusts topping out around 10 miles an hour.
Get the Offense ClickingBaltimore looked incredible last week against the Bengals, but the defense was the biggest reason why.Lamar Jacksonhad a pedestrian game, going 19-for-37 with 180 yards while having two touchdowns and an interception. He wasn’t effective on the ground either, with two rushes for three yards. Jackson also missed two practices the previous week due to a knee injury and illness, which may have been a big reason for just two rushing attempts. Jackson has been incredible with limiting mistakes but has thrown an interception the past two weeks after only throwing one in the previous 13 games. With several options at running back, including Mark Ingram, Gus Edwards, and rookie J.K Dobbins, there should be signs of last year’s offense oozing out of this Ravens team.
Only Mark Andrews has multiple touchdown receptions, and the Ravens are the only ahead of the New York Jets in passing yards per game with 178.8, which is a huge cause for concern. With the injuries to Darius Slay, Avonte Maddox, and Will Parks in the Eagles secondary, there should be a huge chance for Lamar Jackson and the passing attack to step up and have a huge game through the air. Even though it isn’t their primary offensive strategy, throwing the ball effectively can make this good offense great and make Jackson be a legit top-tier quarterback.
OUT: LB Otara Alaka, TE Jacob Breeland, CB Iman Marshall, WR Chris Moore, T Andre Smith, WR De'Anthony Thomas, WR Antoine Wesley, WR DeAndrew White, CB Tavon Young
Doubtful: DE Derek Wolfe
Questionable: WR Miles Boykin, DB Anthony Levine Sr., DT Broderick Washington
Are the Eagles’ Wings Clipped?The injury bug has been hanging around the Linc as many impact players have been dealing with injuries on the Eagles. Ten total players are currently on the Injured Reserve, limiting precisely what the Eagles could do, and coming off an injury-plagued 2019 receiving core is a bit concerning. Carson Wentz has been without the trio of Alshon Jeffrey, DeSean Jackson, and rookie Jalen Reagor have been out of action for a large chunk of the season, and it shows. Last week, they fought hard but couldn't hold up defensively at Heinz Field and fell at Pittsburgh 38-29.
Wentz has looked like he has regressed with the most interceptions out of any quarterback and is playing average. With only six touchdowns, the Eagles are still in a position to win the woeful NFC East, even sitting at 1-3-1 through their first five games. Wentz could possibly be sitting on the bench if he continues to play like he has with Jalen Hurts being drafted in the offseason. Having some healthy receivers could help, but this Ravens team is incredible, especially on defense.
OUT: G Brandon Brooks, T Andre Dillard, LB T.J. Edwards, S Marcus Epps, S Rudy Ford, TE Dallas Goedert, WR Marquise Goodwin, DE Daeshon Hall, WR DeSean Jackson, WR Alshon Jeffery, T Lane Johnson, CB Avonte Maddox, TE Josh Perkins, G Jason Peters, G Matt Pryor, WR Jalen Reagor, LB Duke Riley, OL Isaac Seumalo, CB Trevor Williams
Questionable: DE Vin Curry, S Will Parks, TE Richard Rodgers
- Philadelphia: 5-12 ATS last 17 as a home dog.
- Philadelphia: 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games
- Philadelphia: 1-6 ATS last 7 home games.
- Baltimore: 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games
- Baltimore: 11-3 ATS last 14 after a SU win.
- Baltimore: 5-1 ATS last 6 as a road favorite.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Baltimore has looked like one of the most superior teams in the NFL this season again while Philadelphia does not. The Ravens have only allowed 15.2 points per game, and that includes games against the Chiefs and Texans. The Eagles score 22.6 points on average this season, and with a lot of their skill players dealing with injuries and Carson Wentz playing through his worst stretch as a professional, this game could get ugly fast. The Eagles Both these teams have similar opponents as they played the Bengals and Washington Football Team. Baltimore beat both of them soundly while Philly lost to Washington and tied the Bengals. Expect this game to expose the Eagles offense with a top-tier defense in the Ravens. The line should be a lot higher, so happily eat the points and go with the Ravens in this matchup.
Prediction: Baltimore -9.5
Full-Game Total Pick
The question marks on the Philadelphia offense makes it hard to consider the over in this game. The under has hit in five of Baltimore’s last six games. It also hit in 12 of the previous 14 Eagles home games vs. a team with a winning record. The Ravens have struggled to get passing yardage this season, but they hold teams to under 100 rushing yards, and due to their high-power offensive attack, hold the ball less than their opponents. Go with the UNDER as you cannot trust the Philadelphia offense this season, and Baltimore’s defense is elite. Baltimore would need to score 35+ points for it to be even approachable.
Prediction: UNDER 46.5