4:37 PM - October 18, 2020
4:37 PM - October 18, 2020

Wentz wows, but Eagles fall short

Carson Wentz put together one of the best drives of the season to get the Eagles within two points late in the fourth quarter, but a failed two-point conversion attempt and onside kick led to a 30-28 Eagles loss at Lincoln Financial Field Sunday. Wentz finished with 21 completions on 40 attempts, two touchdowns and no interceptions. It was his first game without a pick all season.

The Eagles, now 1-4-1, will have a short week ahead with a Thursday night game against the New York Giants looming.

4:15 PM - October 18, 2020
4:15 PM - October 18, 2020

Fulgham finds the end zone

The Eagles have a glimmer of hope after Travis Fulgham caught a touchdown pass for the third straight game, making the score 30-22 after a successful two-point conversion in which Carson Wentz found JJ Arcega-Whiteside in the end zone. The Eagles' defense will have to make a quick stop, as the Ravens will get the ball back with 3:22 left in the fourth quarter.

3:59 PM - October 18, 2020
3:59 PM - October 18, 2020

Ravens hit the 30-point mark

Justin Tucker remained perfect with a 46-yard field goal to give the Ravens a 30-14 lead over the Eagles with 7:12 left in the fourth quarter.

3:58 PM - October 18, 2020
3:58 PM - October 18, 2020

Miles Sanders ruled out

Eagles running back Miles Sanders was downgraded to out with a knee injury with about nine minutes left in the game. Sanders had been sidelined since the third quarter, when he fumbled on a 74-yard run that was recovered for a touchdown by JJ Arcega-Whiteside.

3:50 PM - October 18, 2020
3:50 PM - October 18, 2020

Ravens grab 3

Once again, the Ravens responded to an Eagles score with points of their own. Justin Tucker cashed in on a 55-yard field goal with 10:01 left in the fourth quarter to give the Ravens a 27-14 lead.

3:42 PM - October 18, 2020
3:42 PM - October 18, 2020

Eagles inch closer

The Eagles offense gained some traction, scoring on a Carson Wentz 3-yard pass to backup tight end Jason Croom to make the score 24-14 after a successful two-point conversion. The Eagles defense will need to make a stop if there’s going to be any hope of a comeback. The Ravens will take the field with 13:32 left in the fourth quarter.

3:15 PM - October 18, 2020
3:15 PM - October 18, 2020

Ravens respond

That didn’t take long. Lamar Jackson responded to the Eagles first touchdown of the game with a 37-yard touchdown run. Jackson’s run came on designed run called on third-and-3.

3:10 PM - October 18, 2020
3:10 PM - October 18, 2020

Eagles score

The Eagles are finally on the board after JJ Arcega-Whiteside recovered a Miles Sanders fumble in the end zone to make the score 17-6 with 7:17 left in the third quarter. Sanders ran 74 yards, but fumbled around the five-yard line. Arcega-Whiteside, who was down the field blocking, recovered the ball as it rolled into the end zone.

2:35 PM - October 18, 2020
2:35 PM - October 18, 2020

Hurting at the half

The Eagles go into halftime trailing the Ravens, 17-0, after Carson Wentz and the Birds' offense generated 94 yards, most of which came on one drive. Carson Wentz has been sacked three times and has been pressured several more. John Hightower dropped a pass on a pivotal third down the Eagles opening drive, and Miles Sanders dropped a pass wide open in the end zone. The Eagles' only successful drive, a nine-play, 70-yard series, ended with an unsuccessful fourth-and-short. The Eagles had a chance to get on the board at the end of the half with a field goal, but Jake Elliott missed the 52-yarder.

2:20 PM - October 18, 2020
2:20 PM - October 18, 2020

Jalen Hurts offers Eagles a spark

The Eagles offense got its first first down of the game on a Jalen Hurts 20-yard run. It was the backup quarterback’s first play of the game and an indication for things to come. Two plays later, Hurts ran for a three-yard gain and was then on the field for a double pass trick play that gained two yards. Hurts' showing sparked the team’s best drive of the day, a nine-play, 70-yard series, but a failed fourth-down conversion left them without points.

1:58 PM - October 18, 2020
1:58 PM - October 18, 2020

Eagles offensive struggles linger as Ravens take 17-0 lead

The Eagles offense has yet to gain a first down midway through the second quarter. The Ravens are up 17-0 after a 46-yard field goal from Justin Tuck, and the Eagles offense is struggling to sustain anything. Carson Wentz has been sacked twice and has been pressured six times on eight dropbacks.

1:45 PM - October 18, 2020
1:45 PM - October 18, 2020

Ravens extend lead

The Ravens seized a 14-point lead on a 7-yard run by Gus Edwards right before the end of the first quarter, capitalizing on a Carson Wentz fumble that set Baltimore up at the Eagles' 30-yard line.

1:14 PM - October 18, 2020
1:14 PM - October 18, 2020

Lamar jukes Eagles' defense

Lamar Jackson did Lamar Jackson things to give the Ravens an early 7-0 lead over the Eagles, juking multiple defenders to create a throwing lane for a seven-yard touchdown pass to tight end Nick Boyle with 8:02 left in the first quarter. The Ravens' opening drive revealed changes to the Eagles' starting defense. With Duke Riley sidelined with a rib injury, Shaun Bradley is now the third linebacker. Jalen Mills is back at safety with Nickell Robey-Coleman and Cre’Von LeBlanc playing at cornerback.

1:10 PM - October 18, 2020
1:10 PM - October 18, 2020

Miscues mar Eagles' opening drive

The Eagles' opening drive went three-and-out after a breakdown along the offensive line and an egregious drop from John Hightower doomed the group. Carson Wentz was sacked on the opening play by Calais Campbell, who took advantage of Jamon Brown making his first start for the Eagles. On third-and-long, the Ravens blew a coverage and left John Hightower wide open downfield, but Hightower dropped the pass.

1:05 PM - October 18, 2020
1:05 PM - October 18, 2020

Offense up first

The Ravens won the toss and elected to defer, so the Eagles offense will be up first.

12:15 PM - October 18, 2020
12:15 PM - October 18, 2020

Welcome to the Blog

Good afternoon, Eagles fans. Welcome to the blog. It’s game day once again, and the Eagles have a tall order ahead of them. The 4-1 Baltimore Ravens, led by Lamar Jackson, have made it to the Linc looking to beat a second NFC East team in as many weeks. Baltimore’s only loss this season came against the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs, and they’re coming off a 31-17 win against the Washington Football Team.

Weird things happen in the NFL all the time — there’s a reason it’s so hard for many of you to bet on games — but it’s hard to imagine many ways in which the Eagles could leave the Linc this Sunday at 2-3-1. If there is a way, it will involve a good number of backups flourishing in their new roles, Carson Wentz playing at a high level, and the Eagles defensive line keeping Jackson in check.

The Eagles' offensive line will be without Lane Johnson, Matt Pryor, Isaac Seumalo, and Jason Peters for this game, all of whom have started a game for the team this year. Add in the losses of Brandon Brooks and Andre Dillard before the start of the season, and the Eagles' offensive depth is being heavily tested. Jamon Brown, who the team signed off the Bears' practice squad in Week 2, is expected to start at right guard, and rookie linemen Jack Driscoll will start at right tackle.

Defensively, the Eagles will have Darius Slay, who missed part of the week with a concussion suffered last Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. They’ll also return Will Parks, a versatile defensive back who missed the first five games with a hamstring injury. Since Avonte Maddox is out again with an ankle injury, Jalen Mills will likely stay at cornerback, leaving Parks some snaps at safety.

This game will test the Eagles' young players in new roles, particularly players like Driscoll, Jordan Mailata, Travis Fulgham, etc. Even if they unable to get a win this week, a good showing would be encouraging heading into next Thursday’s game against the New York Giants.

12:45 PM - October 18, 2020
12:45 PM - October 18, 2020

Eagles enter as double-digit underdogs

The 5,000 or so folks allowed in to Lincoln Financial Field today won’t be the only ones desperately cheering the Eagles. So will the bookies.

A line that opened as Eagles +7.5 ballooned to +10 at many sportsbooks around the nation as bettors laid heavily on the Ravens. The Eagles have not been double-digit underdogs at home in nearly 30 years according to Pro-Football-Reference.com.

William Hill sports books reported Sunday morning that 73 percent of money and 75 percent of its tickets written for Eagles-Ravens were on Baltimore’s side. At FanDuel, 70 percent of the money laid on this game was on the Ravens.

“It’s all Ravens,” said William Hill’s Nick Bogdanovich. “[We] need Fulgham to go wild.”

The last time the Eagles were double-digit 'dogs at home was in 1993, when the Cowboys were at the height of their Emmitt Smith-led dynasty. Dallas laid 10.5 points that afternoon and covered when Smith broke off a 62-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to seal a 23-10 victory (and cover). Smith had a career-best 237 yards on the day.

Ken O’Brien was the Eagles' starting quarterback that day; Heath Sherman the leading rusher.

That game was at the Vet. All eyes Sunday will be on the Linc.

Pat Eichner, of the sports betting site PointsBet, is among those who wouldn’t mind seeing the Eagles win outright. His shop was writing 78 percent of tickets on Baltimore and 71 percent of the money.

“The Ravens money-line also is an extremely popular parlay play,” he said.

-- Ed Barkowitz

12:15 PM - October 18, 2020
12:15 PM - October 18, 2020

Around the division

The Eagles are still a half game out of the NFC East. Their contention is staggering when you consider how buried they’d be if they were in a division like the Ravens' AFC North, which had three teams at 4-1.

Still, a win this week would vault the team in first place, at least until we know the result of the Dallas Cowboys' game against the Arizona Cardinals at 8:15 p.m. The 2-3 Cowboys will be without Dak Prescott, turning to Andy Dalton instead.

The 1-4 Washington Football Team will host the New York Giants (0-5) at 1 p.m. in a battle of division basement dwellers.

12:15 PM - October 18, 2020
12:15 PM - October 18, 2020

Pregame stories of interest

Be sure to study the keys of the game and the matchups to watch with Paul Domowitch’s numbers that matter.

Got a prediction for the game? See how far yours is to mine and the rest of the Eagles' beat writing crew’s here.

You’ll see Jack Driscoll starting at right tackle in place of Lane Johnson once again this season. Jeff McLane wrote how the rookie offensive lineman is making a name for himself.

The Linc will have a limited number of fans for the first time all season. Les Bowen spoke with Eagles president Don Smolenski about the months-long process that made it possible.

To varying degrees, both Lamar Jackson and Carson Wentz are capable of impacting a game with their running abilities. Mike Sielski discusses how the two embody change at the quarterback position, risks and all.

Ravens defensive tackle Jihad Ward, a North Philadelphia native, will be making another appearance in the stadium that changed his life this Sunday. Yours truly tells his story.

Domo caught up with former Eagles executive Joe Banner, who explained why Cowboys' quarterback Dak Prescott’s ankle injury shouldn’t cost him any money next offseason.