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Ravens-Eagles instant analysis

Eagles 24, Ravens 23
at Lincoln Financial Field

The hurry-up offense went nowhere fast Sunday.

And when it came to coming up big in the clutch, quarterback Michael Vick upstaged Ravens counterpart Joe Flacco.

After Vick thew four interceptions in a come-from-behind, 17-16 victory at the Cleveland Browns, Vick did it again. He overcame two interceptions, passed 23-for-32 and 371 yards and had the go-ahead score on a 1-yard run after the two-minute warning.

The Ravens' defense did it's job, but was constantly asked to shoulder the burden with the offense failing to convert on nine of its first 10 third downs.

The defense forced the Eagles into four turnovers -- all on drives in Baltimore's territory, including two in the red zone, but Flacco couldn't establish enough of a cushion even though the Ravens led 17-7 at the half.

LeSean McCoy had two fumbles for Philadelphia. The first was on a botched handoff that was recovered by Albert McClellan. The second on came on a hit by Lardarius Webb, jarring the ball loose for Ray Lewis to recover.

It wasn't enough as Flacco didn't have the stellar statistical game that he had a week ago when he threw for 299 yards, two touchdowns and a 124.8 passer rating. He was 22-for-42 for 232 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He also lost a fumble.

Player of the game: Justin Tucker. Several players are worthy of note, such as McClellan, but Tucker is a rookie kicker in a hostile environment. He hit three field goals, two from more than 50 yards, that almost proved to be the difference. He tied a Ravens record from 56 yards to give his team a 17-7 lead at the half and gave them them the lead again at 20-17 in the fourth from 51 yards. His 48-yarder set the final margin. Tucker converted more field goals from 50-plus yards in this one game than veteran Billy Cundiff, who he beat out for the job, made all of last season.

Turning point: After going 1-for-9 on third downs as the offense stalled drive after drive, Flacco converted a 3rd-and-11 and 3rd-and-8 on passes to Ray Rice in the fourth quarter, the latter going for 37 yards to set up Tucker's third field goal. But Jacoby Jones' touchdown catch, also on third down, was erased because he was called for pass interference. The Ravens only led by six rather than 10, which would've put the game out of reach for Vick.

Heads-up play: When Tucker nailed a 56-yard field goal with one second left in the second quarter, it was well-orchestrated. The Eagles got the ball with 1:05 left after a key punt by Sam Koch pinned the Eagles on their own 6-yard line. Coach Andy Reid opted to run the ball and run out the clock, but the Ravens wisely used their timeouts to force a punt instead. Eagles punter Chas Henry floated his second duck of the game, this one traveled only 38 yards, as the Ravens took over at Philadelphia's 38 with 18 seconds left. They ran one play and then brought out Tucker for a two-possession edge.

Highlights: The much-maligned run defense, even without Paul Kruger (back), performed well in holding McCoy to 81 yards on 25 carries. Deonte Thompson shows why he's still the primary kick returner. After the Ravens fell down 7-0 in the first quarter, he brought the ball back 49 yards to give them a short field. ... Upshaw and McClellan had solid performances. Upshaw dropped McCoy for a four-yard loss as he got to the edge of the red zone.

Lowlights: Pass protection still is a question mark. Flacco was sacked three times vs. Cincinnati, and he was hit early in this one, leading to a fumble that resulted in Philadelphia's first touchdown. It was the first turnover of the season. He was sacked twice Sunday ... The Ravens took a gamble near midfield in the second quarter. Sean Considine took the snap on 4th-and-4 in a punt formation but was stopped a yard shy. Fortunately for the Ravens, the defense forced a turnover to negate it. ... Overall they were 4-for-14 on third downs. ... Rice rushed for 99 yards on 16 carries. He needed more.

Injury: Bernard Pollard left in the first half with what appeared to be an injury to his right shoulder and didn't return.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson, Mark Ingram ranked No. 2 in NFL for 'best rushing tandems'

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson, Mark Ingram ranked No. 2 in NFL for 'best rushing tandems'

Kick off your Thursday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. Lamar Jackson and Mark Ingram were ranked No. 2 in Pro Football Focus' 'best rushing tandems ahead of the 2019 NFL season.' Ravens fans are excited to see Jackson and Ingram work together on the field this season.

2. The Ravens are looking for help at left guard and with 2017 fifth-round pick Jermaine Eluemunor not getting many reps in, Coach Harbaugh put Eluemunor in the left guard spot. Although Harbaugh said Eluemunor will need to get in better shape, he acknowledged Eluemunor's work at left guard.


Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Baltimore Ravens and Rotoworld for news points.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Roster spot questions begin

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Roster spot questions begin

Kick off your Wednesday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. Chris Board is making a run for a starting spot at linebacker for the Ravens, according to The Athletic's Jeff Zrebiec. Board and Kenny Young will reportedly make a run for the starting spot opposite Patrick Onwuasor, but Board is pulling ahead of the pack Zrebiec says. The spot is up for grabs since the Ravens lost C.J. Mosley in free agency.

2. Also looking to earn a roster spot is wide receiver, Jordan Lasley. After training during the offseason with Lamar Jackson, many expected Lasley to show up to minicamp ahead of the pack, but after making some drops, Zrebiec says Lasley "will need to pick up his game" if he wants to get a spot on the Ravens roster.


Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Baltimore Ravens and Rotoworld for news points.

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