The Ravens had a commanding 27-3 victory over the Bengals last Sunday. They will now seek their third straight win against the 1-3-1 Eagles.
Here are five players to watch:
Eagles starting linebacker Nathan Gerry has been abysmal in pass coverage this season. According to Pro Football Reference, opponents have completed 20 out of 21 pass attempts for 209 yards and three touchdowns, when targeting Gerry. The Steelers exploited Gerry in pass coverage last week by utilizing Chase Claypool. In the clip below, we can see Claypool burning Gerry in single coverage:
Just the beginning— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) October 11, 2020
FOX https://t.co/tI5aUTu7te pic.twitter.com/fEzTUM6BvN
Gerry has been on the field for 99% of the Eagles snaps this season, so the Ravens will have plenty of opportunities to challenge him in coverage. He will likely be matched up against tight end Mark Andrews often. The Ravens need to take advantage of that mismatch throughout Sunday’s game.
Dobbins gained 34 yards on his only carry against the Bengals last week. He is now averaging an impressive 7.9 yards per carry. Nevertheless, he only has received nine carries over the last four games, despite his efficiency. That’s right. The Ravens selected Dobbins in the second round of the draft. He has exceeded expectations on paper. Yet, he is still seeing very little usage in the running game.
Dobbins definitely gives the Ravens offense a spark. The only question is whether or not they will utilize it. After his big run last week, they should try to incorporate him more into their gameplan against the Eagles.
Phillips missed last Sunday’s game against the Bengals with a shoulder injury. He returned to practice on Wednesday. However, he was limited.
Ravens injury report today— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiec) October 14, 2020
Not practicing: LT Ronnie Stanley (shoulder), DBs Marcus Peters (thigh), Jimmy Smith (knee), Anthony Levine Sr. (abdomen). DE Calais Campbell (non-injury related)
Limited: WR Chris Moore (finger/thigh), RG Tyre Phillips (shoulder).
Nevertheless, he is trending in the right direction for Sunday’s game. If he is active, he will have a tough matchup against defensive tackle Fletcher Cox.
Three of the Eagles biggest weapons on offense are not wide receivers. Running back Miles Sanders, tight end Zach Ertz, and tight end Dallas Goedert will test the Ravens linebacking corps, including rookie Patrick Queen. Queen is coming off a great game against the Bengals. Let’s see if he can keep the momentum going against the Eagles.
It’s no secret that Peters is one of the league’s most prolific ball hawks. He already has two interceptions in five games this season. Carson Wentz is currently leading the NFL in interceptions with nine. Look for Peters to create another turnover on Sunday.