The Baltimore Ravens look to extend among the very unlikely NFL preseason when they visit the Philadelphia Eagles, winning streaks ever on Thursday night. Will it continue?
Ravens (2-0) at Eagles (1-1)
Thursday, 7:30 p.m. ET
Free NFL Pick: Ravens ATS
Recommended Sportsbook: JustBet
This author could honestly care less about the NFL preseason, but we know you’re likely to bet on those games so I will be previewing a couple of these in Week 3. We ought to see some marginally bigger spreads this week because Week 3 is usually when trainers will play their starters the most — often the entire first half and sometimes one series in the third quarter. But a growing number of trainers are being cautious with their starting quarterbacks rather than playing them.
I really do have a good amount of interest in Thursday’s Ravens at Eagles matchup simply because Baltimore is on a 15-game preseason winning streak. You read that right: 15 freaking games! That’s just impossible. Supposedly it’s the second-longest preseason winning streak in NFL history. I read somewhere the Packers won something like 23 straight from 1959-63, however, I couldn’t independently confirm that. Not exactly easy to locate preseason records.
The calling card for Baltimore during this winning streak was defense. The Ravens have allowed at least 20 points just once in that span — Week 4 of last year when they defeat the visiting Redskins 30-20. In Week 1 the Ravens held the Jags to 112 yards and battered against the Jacksonville Jaguars 29-0. Last week, Baltimore beat Green Bay 26-13 and held the Packers to 226 metres. It clearly helped that the Jags (Nick Foles) nor Packers (Aaron Rodgers) played their beginning.
“We’ll just have to see how [Brown’s surgically repaired foot] reacts and he will proceed,” Harbaugh said.
Eagles coach Doug Pederson has yet to play his starting quarterback Carson Wentz this preseason, as well as today, it is not clear if he will on Thursday. I could lean toward no only because Philly already has noticed two backups go down to injury in Nate Sudfeld (wrist) and Cody Kessler (concussion). Pederson likely does not wish to risk Wentz now. It lured Josh McCown from retirement, Since the team is really thin in the place. He had been set to be an ESPN analyst that this year.
This is McCown’s 17th time and the Eagles his 11th team (initially in the NFC East). McCown is among the seven players in NFL history to try a pass to seven teams. Miami’s Ryan Fitzpatrick is among these. No more QB has thrown a pass for eight teams at a regular-season game.
Philly has split both preseason matches and Pederson is 8-6 in them (8-6 ATS as well). We’re sticking with the Ravens before Harbaugh loses a dang game. I would shop around to find the Ravens beneath -3.