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Recon Report: Philadelphia Eagles

Philadelphia Eagles: Recon Report

The Ravens head  to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles. 2011 was a disappointing season for the Eagles and they look to rebound. In many cases analysts are predicting the Eagles to take the NFC EAST.  However, the Eagles struggled in game one last week versus the Cleveland Browns. Michael Vick had two fumbles and 4 interceptions.  In the end they eked out a victory on the road (17-16). It wasn’t an ideal start for a team who wants to prove they can turn things around from last season. Head Coach Andy Reid, who is always under the hot seat, seems to find ways get his team to bounce back after disappointing loss. And still, it’s only the first game and the Eagles have plenty of weapons to be concerned about on both sides of the ball.

The Eagles have much talent, a great running back in LeSean McCoy, who rushed for 1,309 yards and compiled 17 TD’s in 2011. Vick is affored a talented group of receivers in in Jeremy Maclin, DeSean Jackson and tightend Brent Celek. The key for the Eagles, QB Michael Vick staying healthy–he’s missed quite a few games over the last few years.

Defensively they have standouts in the secondary with tops corners in Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who compiled two interceptions last Sunday. The Eagles linebacking core, with standout DeMeco Ryans, has speed and played well containing Cleveland’s running game last week holding rookie running back Trent Richardson to 39 yards. Where the team excels is getting after the quarterback. Their defensive front featuring Jason Babin (18 sacks in 2011) and Trent Cole (11 sacks) are formidable opponents. Adding to their strength upfront the team drafted DL Fletcher Cox (Miss St.), he had a sack in his first NFL start against the Browns.

Added talent to defense: Besides adding DL Fletcher Cox the team had a productive draft picking up one of the better linebackers in Mychal Kendricks (CAL), and  Vinney Curry (Marshall), a solid prospect at defensive end.

Ravens Sunday’s Strategy:
  • First things first– the Ravens defense must stop the run in LeSean McCoy–, the Eagles running back “posted his 10th career 100-yard rushing game.”  Hopefully, Andy Reid doesn’t change his philosophy of a pass first offense.
  • For the Ravens offense: Flacco showed complete control of the offense Monday night and he will have to be even more precise versus a talented Eagles secondary. Opening up the underneath will be key. Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta could be pivotal in the success of the offense for this match-up.

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