The Baltimore Ravens seem to extend one of the most improbable NFL preseason winning streaks ever on Thursday night when they see the Philadelphia Eagles. Can 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 writer could actually care less about the NFL preseason, but we understand you’re going to bet on these games so I’ll be previewing a couple of these in Season 3. We ought to observe some marginally larger spreads this week because Week 3 is generally when trainers will perform their starters the maximum — frequently the whole first half and sometimes one show in the third quarter. However, an increasing number of trainers are being extra cautious with their starting quarterbacks rather than enjoying them.
I do have a fair amount of interest in Thursday’s Ravens at Eagles matchup since Baltimore is on a 15-game preseason winning series. You read that right: 15 freaking games! That is just impossible. It’s the preseason winning streak in NFL history. I read somewhere the Packers won something similar to 23 straight from 1959-63, however I couldn’t independently confirm that. Not exactly easy to locate preseason records.
The calling card Baltimore during this streak was defense. The Ravens have allowed at least 20 points only once in that period — Week 4 of last year when they beat the visiting Redskins 30-20. In Week 1 the Jacksonville Jaguars 29-0 was battered by the Ravens and held the Jags to only 112 yards. Last week, Baltimore beat Green Bay 26-13 and held the Packers to 226 metres. It obviously helped that neither the Jags (Nick Foles) nor Packers (Aaron Rodgers) played their beginning.
“We will 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 quarterback Carson Wentz that this preseason, as well as now, it’s not clear when he will on Thursday. I could lean toward no because Philly currently has noticed two backups return to injury from Nate Sudfeld (wrist) and Cody Kessler (concussion). Pederson likely does not need to risk Wentz now. Since the team is so thin at the place it enticed Josh McCown out of retirement. He had been defined as an ESPN analyst this season.
This is McCown’s 17th season along with the Eagles his 11th group (first in the NFC East). McCown is among seven players in NFL history to try a pass for seven distinct teams. Miami’s Ryan Fitzpatrick is among these. No more QB has thrown away a pass for eight different teams in a game.
Philly has divided its two preseason matches and Pederson is 8-6 in them (8-6 ATS too ). We are sticking with the Ravens before Harbaugh loses a dang match. I would shop around to receive the Ravens.