The NFL Network threesome of Brian Baldinger, Donovan McNabb and Sterling Sharpe picked some pieces of the Ravens-Eagles match-up and proceeded to opine. (Or we could just say they broke it down, but sometimes we get tired of using that phrase.)
McNabb and Sharpe said they expect the Ravens to win, while Baldinger took the Eagles.
Sharpe said of the Ravens: Right now, they are the best team Ive seen.
Like much of the national buzz, Sharpe was impressed by Joe Flacco, especially his reading of the defense and his decision-making in the Week 1 win over the Bengals.
Philadelphia, Joe Flacco is not going to be fooled, Sharpe said.
McNabb said Eagles quarterback Michael Vick wasnt sharp, but I expect him to improve in this game.
Vicks lack of preseason work (he was hurt and had to sit) showed, McNabb said.
I thought his footwork was off. He was sliding up in the pocket too early, he said.
So, what does Baldinger base his Eagles win prediction on? Baldinger said the Bengals defensive line looked slow and was easily pushed aside to afford Flacco clear passing lanes. But look for Phillys much quicker defensive line to get closer to Flacco with just a three-man rush while the Eagles drop eight into coverage. And how will he handle that?
Did the Ravens offensive line show it was incapable of handling a three-man rush? So were not buying Baldingers version.