The Baltimore Ravens seem to extend among the very unlikely NFL preseason when they visit the Philadelphia Eagles winning streaks ever on Thursday. Will it continue?
Ravens (2-0) at Eagles (1-1)
Thursday, 7:30 p.m. ET
Free NFL Pick: Ravens ATS
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This author could actually care less about the NFL preseason, but we know you’re likely to bet on those games so I’ll be previewing a couple of these in Week 3. We ought to see some marginally bigger spreads this week since Week 3 is generally when coaches will perform their starters the maximum — frequently the whole first half and occasionally 1 series in the third quarter. However, more and more coaches are being extra cautious with their quarterbacks rather than playing them.
I do have a reasonable amount of curiosity about Thursday’s Ravens at Eagles matchup simply because Baltimore is on a 15-game preseason winning series. Yep, you read that right: 15 freaking games! That’s just not possible. Supposedly it’s the second-longest preseason winning streak in NFL history. I read somewhere the Packers won something like 23 directly from 1959-63, but that I couldn’t independently confirm that. Not exactly easy to locate preseason records.
The calling card for Baltimore through this winning streak was defense. The Ravens have allowed at least 20 points just once in that interval — Week 4 of last year when they defeat the visiting Redskins 30-20. In Week 1 year, the Ravens battered the Jacksonville Jaguars 29-0 and held the Jags to just 112 yards. 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 with their starting quarterback.
“We’ll just need to see how [Brown’s surgically repaired foot] responds and hopefully he can proceed,” Harbaugh said.
Eagles trainer Doug Pederson has yet to play his starting quarterback Carson Wentz this preseason, and as of today, it is not clear when he can on Thursday. I could lean toward no only because Philly already has noticed two backups go down to injury from Nate Sudfeld (wrist) and Cody Kessler (concussion). Pederson does not need to hazard Wentz now. Since the group is so thin at the place it enticed 40-year-old Josh McCown out of retirement. He was defined as an ESPN analyst this year.
This will be McCown’s 17th time and the Eagles his 11th team (initially in the NFC East). McCown is among seven players in NFL history to try a pass to seven teams. Miami’s Ryan Fitzpatrick is one of these. No more QB has thrown a pass for eight teams at a regular-season match.
Philly has divided its two preseason games 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 get the Ravens.