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Ravens Run Away from Eagles; McNabb Benched in 36-7 loss

Andy Reid had felt a lot of pressure from the Philadelphia media this week about his team’s sub par year and his starting quarterback’s lack of rules knowledge. He knew that he’d have to make some changes to shake things up.

It didn’t work.

Donovan McNabb continued his shaky play and was 8 for 18 for 59 yards with two interceptions and one fumble in the first half. So Reid turned to former second round pick, Kevin Kolb to provide some spark to the offense. Kolb simply threw gas on the fire as a 10-7 Ravens lead ballooned quickly as Baltimore scored 26 unanswered points in the second frame to win going away 36 to 7.

For Baltimore the big story was a defense that was still smarting from a whipping at the hands of the Giants last week and basically shut down the struggling Eagles offense. Their lone score was the result of a kickoff return by Quintin Demps in the second quarter.

They limited Philadelphia passers to 120 yards through the air and quarterback ratings in the teens. Defenders caused multiple turnovers with 4 interceptions from the secondary capped by Ed Reed’s NFL record 108-yard return for a touchdown as Kolb had his team down to the Raven goal line.

The Ravens now stay in line, a game behind the AFC North leading Pittsburgh Steelers, as they will travel to Cincinnati hoping for a series sweep against the hapless Bengals. For the Eagles it could mean major changes for the future of this team.

POINTS TO PONDER

Joe Flacco was efficient facing the harassing Philadelphia defense. He was 12 for 26 for 183 yards and 2 touchdowns. He is currently second all time among rookie quarterbacks in completion percentage at 62% behind only Ben Roethlisberger’s 04’ campaign.

Matt Stover had a bit of redemption this week as he hit two field goals, both 40 yards or longer. Had to bring this up in fairness to this week’s article,

Le’Ron McClain was tough between the tackles rushing for 88 yards and a touchdown for over 4 yards a carry. Did anyone think he would be leading the team in touchdowns this season? (7)

Jarret Johnson had an excellent game with 1 ½ sacks and a fumble recovery. He is another of the unheralded but important performers on the defense.

– Rookie Jameel McClain continues to make plays. He is the first Baltimore player to have two career safeties. I would imagine you couldn’t find many rookies to ever accomplish that feat!

Ed Reed returned two interceptions for a total of 151 yards—more than the passing yardage of both Philadelphia quarterbacks. That’s how tough the defense was today.


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