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This Thursday, there is an NFL Preseason matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and the Philadelphia Eagles. These teams will face off at about 7:30 PM. This is game three of the preseason for both teams, which will take place at Lincoln Financial Field.
Ravens Look To Extend Insane Preseason Winning Streak
The Baltimore Ravens enter the 2019 season with hopes of returning to the NFL playoffs despite losing some key pieces from last year’s team. Although this is just preseason, this game could be quite important for Baltimore as it will look to find depth to several key positions on the defensive side of the ball which could help the team succeed in the long run. It is also important to mention that some coaches care about winning preseason games and some other coaches do not. Coach Harbaugh’s record shows that he cares about the preseason more than any other coach in the NFL. Specifically, the Ravens have won a whopping 15 straight preseason games with their last preseason loss coming in 2015. Plus, the Ravens have been able to avoid injuries to key personnel so far this preseason which means that they should be ready to extend that winning streak in this one.
Last week, the Ravens were able to beat the Packers at home by a score of 26-13. In that game, starting quarterback Lamar Jackson went 6-10 for 58 passing yards while also contributing 14 rushing yards. Jackson did have a rushing touchdown in the game but it was called back on a questionable penalty. Backup quarterback Trace McSorley played well as he went 8-13 for 74 passing yards along with one touchdown and one interception. However, this will be Baltimore’s first preseason game on the road so the quarterbacks need to continue playing well.
Jackson has had issues with ball security, but coach Harbaugh isn’t expecting it to be an issue this year.
“I think it’s been way better. Just watching the practices, you probably saw it,” Harbaugh said. “Lamar makes very few mistakes with ball handling right now. The snaps have been much more accurate than they have in the past, so that starts everything off on the right foot. You haven’t seen a lot of the more complicated ball-handling plays, but the ones we have run have been well done.”
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) August 16, 2019
The Ravens currently have injuries to several depth pieces that they are dealing with leading up to this game. Specifically, cornerback Tavon Young is listed as doubtful for this game while running back Kenneth Dixon and wide receiver Seth Roberts are both listed as questionable but are expected to sit due to precautionary measures.
Philadelphia’s Quarterbacks Cannot Stay Healthy
The Philadelphia Eagles enter the 2019 season with hopes of returning to another Super Bowl after losing in the NFC Divisional Round last year. That goal seems a bit more realistic considering the fact that star quarterback Carson Wentz is officially healthy once again. However, Wentz has not played yet this preseason as a precautionary measure and he will most likely not play in this game either. That is probably the right move based on the injuries that Philadelphia’s quarterbacks have suffered so far this preseason. Specifically, backup quarterback Nate Sudfeld broke his wrist in the first preseason game and third-string quarterback Cody Kessler suffered a concussion in the second preseason game. With very little depth at the quarterback position entering the third game of preseason, the Eagles decided to address it by signing NFL veteran Josh McCown to a one-year deal. One has to wonder though how rusty McCown will be in his first game coming out of retirement.
Last week, the Eagles beat the Jaguars on the road by a score of 24-10. In that game, starting quarterback Cody Kessler went 1-4 for 11 passing yards before leaving the game due to injury. However, backup quarterback Clayton Thorson played extremely well as he went 16-26 for 175 passing yards along with one touchdown and one interception.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) August 16, 2019
In addition to the injuries to the quarterback position, the Eagles also have just one injury to a key piece that they are dealing with leading up to this game. Specifically, defensive tackle Fletcher Cox is listed as questionable for this game as he is still rehabbing offseason surgery to his foot. It is worth mentioning that Cox has yet to even practice this summer with the Eagles so he will have no realistic chance of playing in this game.
- Eagles are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games.
- Ravens are 9-2-1 ATS in their last 12 games on grass.
- Ravens are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games.
Updated on Aug 22 at 11:30am EDT
Update prepared by our editoral staff
Public Money / Line Movements
Big line swing here as the Eagles have gone from -2.5 to +5 in some spots. The Ravens have gotten 69% of the bets but it still looks like some sharp money is helping their line movements as well.
Injury / Weather Report
Baltimore’s Impact Injury Report
Out: DB Tavon Young and LB Chris Board
Philadelphia’s Impact Injury Report
Questionable: TE Richard Rodgers, QB Cody Kessler, DT Fletcher Cox, and LB Kamu Grugier-Hill
Out: QB Nate Sudfeld, DB Cre’von LeBlanc, and DB Jalen Mills.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Simply put, the Ravens actually care about winning preseason games while the Eagles will just look to leave the stadium without another injury to one of their quarterbacks. The Ravens have won 15 straight preseason games and have all their quarterbacks in perfect health so I can see the Ravens playing well once again on Thursday. Meanwhile, the Eagles now have a fourth-string quarterback starting and a backup quarterback who just came out of retirement this past week. I expect extremely sloppy quarterback play from the Eagles as a result so I will take the Ravens in this game.
Prediction: Baltimore Ravens
Full-Game Total Pick
Simply put, Philadelphia will struggle to move the ball due to awful quarterback play while Baltimore’s offense is built to chew up the clock. After suffering injuries to the starting quarterbacks of each preseason game, the Eagles will do whatever they can to keep their quarterback upright even if that involves running the ball 30 times. Meanwhile, Baltimore runs a very slow and methodical offense based on its elite ground game which should eat up valuable seconds in every quarter. As a result, I have to lean to the under.