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Ravens vs. Eagles: the good, the bad and the ugly

Bye week begins with a trio breakdown

Baltimore Ravens v Philadelphia Eagles Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

The bye week has arrived and the Baltimore Ravens [5-1] place second in the AFC North after a puzzling 30-28 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles [1-4-1].

The Good

Ravens’ record: No matter your feelings on the victories, the back-to-back AFC North champions sit at second place in the AFC North, though tied with the division leading Pittsburgh Steelers at five wins.

Bye week blessings: Baltimore is currently battling a fair bit of injuries. They’re also lacking discipline, namely the offensive line. What better way to get back on track than a week of working on fundamental football and correcting easy mistakes?

Marlon Humphrey’s continued dominance: The Ravens’ 2017 first-round pick has developed into arguably the leading 2020 Defensive Player of the Year. Through six games, Humphrey has 2.5 sacks, an interception and four forced fumbles. The man has been a single-man wrecking crew, producing takeaways in five of six games played.

Justin Tucker’s ability is unmatched: Three field goals, two from 46-yards out and the other completion being a 55-yarder, helped distance the Ravens from the wild Eagles comeback.

The Bad

The Ravens appear one playmaker short: The Ravens did not rely upon Mark Andrews and Marquise Brown and while the Ravens’ moved the chains and scored three touchdowns, it was all on Jackson’s shoulders.

Injuries: Anthony Averett, who has played well this season, is now out for five-to-six weeks with a shoulder fracture. The Ravens’ are missing some talent in many areas and this is something they haven’t had to face as much in recent years.

Miles Boykin’s struggles have been voiced by head coach John Harbaugh: When the head coach states you need to get it together, It’s a telling sign. Boykin has all the physical traits but there is a clear disconnect and Harbaugh is pointing the finger at him, not Jackson.