1. Eagles defense holds the Ravens to under 120 total yards rushing
The Baltimore Ravens offense is predicated on the running game and that’s something the defend well. The Ravens will look to counter with Mark Ingram, JK Dobbins, and quarterback Lamar Jackson as a runner. With Lamar Jackson nursing a sprained ankle, the Ravens will likely utilize the quarterback strictly as a passer, thus relying on the backfield to carry the Baltimore ground game. The Eagles will respond on Sunday with a strong effort.
Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Darius Slay (24) heads off the field during the NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)
2. Darius Slay holds Hollywood Brown to 3 catches for less than 30 yards
Slay appears set to play after clearing the concussion protocol, and his return will be needed against Baltimore’s speedster on the outside. Slay should fare better this week against the 5-foot-9, 170-pound Brown, and look for the Eagles lockdown corner to hold the Ravens star to minimal gains.
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) throws a pass during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
3. Wentz passes for over 300 yards on the Ravens vaunted defense
Baltimore will likely key on running back Miles Sanders and with the Ravens having confidence in their dynamic cornerback duo, look for the Eagles to be forced into a passing attack that could prove fruitful for Wentz and company. With Baltimore focused on the run, Wentz could reignite his chemistry with Zach Ertz, while targeting Greg Ward in the slot as well.
Dec 9, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) is sacked by Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston (50) during the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY sports
4. Eagles defensive line sacks Lamar Jackson 3 times
With Jackson hampered by an ankle injury and the Eagles needing to play well up front on defense, look for Brandon Graham and company to get after the Ravens signal-caller and focus on rushing lanes and not just containing the reigning MVP. Baltimore is struggling on the offensive line and Sunday will provide the perfect opportunity for Fletcher Cox, Javon Hargrave, and Josh Sweat to spread their wings.
The Eagles have waited six weeks to have the versatile safety available and he’ll get his money’s worth on Sunday when he replaces Nate Gerry in coverage on nickel and dime packages, elevating the Bird pass defense. Mark Andrews is the prize for Lamar Jackson and Parks will be the remedy for the Eagles’ struggles against dynamic tight ends.