The Baltimore Ravens look to extend among the NFL preseason when they visit the Philadelphia Eagles, winning streaks in history on Thursday night. Will it last?
Ravens (2-0) at Eagles (1-1)
Thursday, 7:30 p.m. ET
Free NFL Pick: Ravens ATS
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This writer will actually care less about the NFL preseason, but we understand you are going to wager on those games so I will be previewing a couple of them in Season 3. We should observe some marginally bigger spreads this week because Week 3 is usually when trainers will play their starters the maximum — often the entire first half and sometimes one show in the third quarter. However, a growing number of coaches are being careful with their starting quarterbacks and not enjoying with them.
I really do have a decent amount of curiosity about Thursday’s Ravens at Eagles matchup since Baltimore is on a 15-game preseason winning streak. Yep, you read that right: 15 games! That’s just not possible. It’s the preseason winning streak in NFL history. I read somewhere the Packers won something similar to 23 straight from 1959-63, however that I could not independently confirm that. Not easy to find preseason documents.
The calling card Baltimore through this winning streak has been defense. The Ravens have enabled at least 20 points just once in that interval — Week 4 of last year after they defeat the visiting Redskins 30-20. In Week 1 the Ravens held the Jags to 112 yards and battered the Jacksonville Jaguars 29-0. Last week, Baltimore defeat Green Bay 26-13 and held the Packers to 226 metres. It clearly helped that neither the Jags (Nick Foles) nor Packers (Aaron Rodgers) played their starting quarterback.
“We’ll just need to see [Brown’s surgically repaired foot] reacts and hopefully he will proceed,” Harbaugh said.
Eagles trainer Doug Pederson has to play his starting quarterback Carson Wentz that preseason, and as of today, it’s not clear when he can on Thursday. I might lean toward no just because Philly currently has seen two copies go down to injury from Nate Sudfeld (wrist) and Cody Kessler (concussion). Pederson doesn’t need to hazard Wentz. It enticed Josh McCown from retirement because the group is really thin in the place. He was defined as an ESPN analyst this season.
This is McCown’s 17th time and the Eagles his 11th group (first in the NFC East). McCown is one of seven players in NFL history to attempt a pass for seven teams. Miami’s Ryan Fitzpatrick is one of these. No QB has thrown away a pass for eight unique teams at a regular-season game.
Philly has split its two preseason matches and Pederson is 8-6 in these (8-6 ATS as well). We’re sticking with the Ravens until Harbaugh loses a dang game. I’d shop around to find the Ravens.