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Breaking down the Eagles-Ravens in Week 12

Both teams are coming off of less than stellar performances last week however, they are also very much still in the playoff hunt.

A win for either would be important to their collective causes as John Harbaugh faces his old mentor.

The Eagles have had a lot of questions to answer as they have been blitzed by the local media, with Head Coach Andy Reid and signal caller Donovan McNabb taking the most heat. McNabb who threw the ball 56 times against the Bengals didn’t realize that the game could end in a tie. I’ll admit it hasn’t happened since 2002 but it is important to give the rules a good once over. Andy Reid’s job security may be in jeopardy as they have not met expectations and have struggled inside the division. Calling for 18 run plays against one of the league’s weakest defenses didn’t help either.

Baltimore is finally returning to the friendly confines of M & T Bank Stadium after a three game road trip that culminated in a rough outing against the World champion, New York Giants. They will need another win to stay in step a game behind the Steelers who completed their series sweep against Cincinnati this Thursday 27-10. Injuries are still a concern as on the offensive line as Left tackle, Jared Gaither will be out, Adam Terry is not one hundred percent and Willie Anderson is still hobbling from an ankle injury. Derrick Mason is still a question mark as he nurses a bad shoulder. They will need others to step up.

Philadelphia has some injuries of their own, the most significant being to Brian Westbrook. He has been limited in practice but is a go for Sunday. However, he has had issues cutting due to ankle and knee problems. He is a major offensive weapon they need to have a big game in order to get a victory. Plus with McNabb coming off a 3 turnover performance last game they will need to find ways to get off to a quick start.

The Ravens just need to get back to basics. The banged up line needs to account for the blitz happy Eagles and make them pay with big plays that they are prone to give up at times. Most important they must establish the run that was silenced against New York and allow Joe Flacco time to find open receivers. I feel that with the Ravens returning home, the defense should be able to settle in and the offense should be able to maintain a solid Time of possession advantage. As long as they win the turnover battle, they should get this one.

Ravens 21 Eagles 13

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