Final Ravens Notes

Posted: September 16th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 7 Comments »

Inactives are in.   No real surprises for the Eagles:

QB Trent Edwards, RB Dion Lewis, WR Riley Cooper, OT Dennis Kelly, OG Nate Menkin

DE Vinny Curry, CB Curtis Marsh

There are a couple of interesting things in there.  The team is going with just 2 QBs.  If Vick and Foles get knocked out, Jason Avant or someone off the bench becomes the QB.  Not likely to happen, but worth noting.  Also, Demetress Bell is active over Kelly.  Howard Mudd must be seeing progress in practice.  The team is going with 5 WRs…the big 3 plus Damaris Johnson and Mardy Gilyard.

The Ravens will be without LB Paul Kruger.

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Quick Hits

* Vick must watch for blitzes from slot corner Lardarius Webb.  That’s been an issue for Vick for a couple of years.

* The Eagles want to spread the Ravens out, whether running or throwing.  They’re big and strong, but not the fastest defense.

* WR screens hurt the Ravens on Monday.  Watch for that.  Could Damaris get one or two of them?

* It will be interesting to see how the Eagles plan to deal with the Ravens big DTs.  Will Vick roll out and play from a moving pocket a lot?  Ngata vs Kelce isn’t an ideal matchup.  Ngata no longer is the NT, but I’m sure the Ravens would want him to attack Kelce when possible.

* The one aspect of the Ravens no-huddle attack that is a concern is what happens to the DL.  Jim Washburn preaches max effort and then rotates his guys.  If the Ravens can have an extended drive, the DL can get worn down.  The Falcons had success with this last year in the 4th Qtr and got the best of us.  Washburn must do everything to keep his guys fresh so that if they are caught on the field for 6 or 7 snaps, they can remain effective.

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Today will give us an idea of where the Eagles really are.  Might be good news, might be bad.  I’m excited to find out the answer.


7 Comments on “Final Ravens Notes”

  1. 1 Scott Buchanan said at 12:25 PM on September 16th, 2012:

    Time to find out if we are chicken shit or chicken salad

  2. 2 TommyLawlor said at 1:02 PM on September 16th, 2012:

    Good line.

  3. 3 izzylangfan said at 12:35 PM on September 16th, 2012:

    I have been somewhat tough on the Eagles in my comments on this blog over the past couple of weeks. I was, of course, dealing with and expressing concerns that most Eagles fans have. However, let me state for the record that I think the Eagles can and should win this game. The Eagles are people who can change and learn and do not always play at their worst. If the Eagles play well they should win by at least two touchdowns. But I’ve noticed that a whole lot of fans are going around trying to be objective about the Eagles chances predicting a close game or even a Ravens victory. Thats all well and good but a lot of games that are expected to be close, aren’t close — one team blows out the other. And you know, we aren’t constructing US foreign policy for Egypt. There is no need to be objective here. Do you want to join the guys at the Inquirer. Be a fan. Have some fun.

  4. 4 iskar36 said at 12:53 PM on September 16th, 2012:

    I am probably wrong, but didn’t they change the rule for QBs that the third string qb can be activated if the first two QBs are injured?

  5. 5 Corry Henry said at 1:01 PM on September 16th, 2012:

    I thought so too. I *think* if the third QB comes in, the other two can no longer play even if their injury is minor.

  6. 6 iskar36 said at 1:03 PM on September 16th, 2012:

    Yep. That’s what happened in a bears game a few years ago if I remember correctly.

  7. 7 nicolajNN said at 1:20 PM on September 16th, 2012:

    That’s the old rule, the 3rd QB would not be among the 45 active players, but could still play. Now you have 46 active players instead of 45 and if you want to have 3 QB’s he has to be one of the 46