Baltimore Ravens (0-0) vs Philadelphia Eagles (0-0)
Game Info: Saturday, August 12, 2023 at 7:00 pm (M&T Bank Stadium)
Betting Odds: Baltimore Ravens -4.5 -- Over/Under: 35.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Philadelphia Eagles will play the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday night in Week 1 of the NFL Preseason on Saturday night at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland. The Eagles made a run to the Super Bowl last season, but they lost a 38-35 thriller to the Chiefs. Baltimore battled quite a few injuries in 2022, but they did make the playoffs. Who will start the preseason with a victory here?
The Philadelphia Eagles were 14-3 last season and finished first in the NFC East. Philadelphia had a great season and they were only a couple of plays away from a Super Bowl victory. The Eagles were excellent on both sides of the ball, as they scored 28.1 points per game and only allowed 20.2 points against per game. Jalen Hurts led the Eagles offense last season and he is primed for another great year, but will we see him in this game? Eagles coach Nick Sirianni has not said if the starters will play or not, but I am thinking they will sit out. We should see plenty of Marcus Mariota under center in this game, followed by Ian Book and Tanner McKee. I am very interested to see if the Philadelphia offense will come out strong like they were last year, or if it will take some time to get into rhythm.
The Baltimore Ravens were 10-7 last season and they finished second in the AFC North. The Ravens did get into the playoffs, but they lost in the first round to the Bengals by a score of 24-17. Baltimore battled injuries in the second half of the season and was without Lamar Jackson for the end of the regular season and the playoff loss. The Ravens were below average offensively, as they scored 20.6 points per game, but they were very good on the defensive side, allowing just 18.5 points against per game. We will not see the veteran starters for the Ravens, but the younger starters may play a few series. We should see Tyler Huntley, Josh Johnson, and Anthony Brown at the quarterback position in this game. The Ravens have been the best preseason team in the NFL for the last few years and they haven’t lost a preseason game since 2015.
The Ravens come into this game as a pretty big favorite, at least by preseason standards, but that is what you get with a team that hasn’t lost in the preseason in almost eight years. Baltimore will be at home and you know they don’t want to be the team that breaks the streak, but this is also just an exhibition game. Both of these defenses had great seasons in 2022 and they should be just as good this season. I think we are going to see a close game here, but I like the under. The backup quarterbacks should have plenty of issues with these defensive schemes and I am leaning towards a low scoring game. Take the under here.