The Philadelphia Eagles was clicking on all cylinders last night In their 40-17 win over the Baltimore Ravens. Sam Bradford and DeMarco Murrary had successful debuts along with Kenjon Barber’s punt returned for a touchdown.
Bradford went 3 of 5 for 35 yards and led the Philadelphia Eagles on an 84-yard drive in one series. This was the first game he played since tearing his ACL last preseason. A controversial call was made in the game on Terrell Suggs, who committed a low tackle on the knees of Sam Bradford as he lowered his helmet.
According to ABC News, Suggs argued with referee Jerome Boger that it was a legal play.
“When you run the read-option, you have to know the rules,” Suggs said. “If you want to run the read-option with your starting quarterback that has had two knee surgeries, that’s on you. That’s not my responsibility to update you on the rules.”
ESPN said the hit was legitimate. The 2013 NFL rules for read-option quarterbacks states that “the key point is that the quarterback does not get special protections at all times throughout the play,” said Dean Blandino, NFL’s vice president of officiating. “When he is a passer, that’s when he gets the special protections whether it’s roughing the passer or defenseless player protection. [But on read-option fakes], he is considered a runner at that point. Just like a running back who has the football, defenders can hit him. He is not presenting a passing posture.”
Joe Flacco and the Ravens’ offense looked off all night, overthrowing receivers on multiple outings and throwing two interceptions. Joe Flacco finished 3 of 7 for 23 yards in three appearances. The first interception came off a tip by corner back Nolan Carroll. And the second pick off came when Byron Maxwell grabbed an overthrown pass from the seven year veteran quarterback
The first-team defense looked rusty also, and did not show the same effort seen in the Ravens win over the saints in the first game. They gave up 14 plays and 75 yards over three series of plays.Special teams was ineffective as they allowed a 68 yard-punt return for a touchdown in the second quarter putting Philadelphia up 24-0 by the second quarter.
For the Eagles, their offense was fired up.In Just five plays, Philadelphia ran into the end zone after Demarco Murray’s two-yard score.The Eagles quickly went to a 14-0 lead within the first 12 minutes of the game.
ESPN reports John Harbaugh saying that this blowout loss is an lesson for the team, but not a sign of panic.
“We didn’t prepare for it by design,” Harbaugh said. “It’s not something we’re going to prepare for. I guess in the preseason, it’s pretty effective in that sense. If we were playing in our third preseason game, we’d probably prepare for it. I know we’d prepare for it because we game plan a little bit more. There’s no way we’re going to game plan the second preseason game when we’re still installing and trying to develop guys and find players and all that. So, we were doing the best we could.”
The Ravens will regroup and host the Washington Redskins next Saturday at 7:30pm