Eagles/Ravens: Week 3 Preseason Preview

With the third pre-season game upon us tonight amongst two “home” team rivals for this Delawarean girl, I was stoked to hear the news coming off the practice field yesterday: the Philadelphia Eagles and the Baltimore Ravens shared the field for a joint practice.

The big surprise swirling around the interwebs is regarding who made the best play during practice. Eagles fans, it wasn’t anyone from y(our) team, but it also wasn’t a Ravens player. Two-time World Cup champion Carli Lloyd was able to kick a 55-yard field goal during Tuesday’s practice. This really isn’t a big surprise to me and I hope it won’t be long before we do see a woman out on the football field; especially if she can kick like Carli. Here are some players to watch for during tonight’s game:

Daeshon Hall

There has been a lot of talk about the Eagle’s offense being ready to go for the season. Even Carson Wentz has said he feels good about his teammates.  But what about our defense?  I, for one, am excited to see Daeshon Hall out on the field. He is 6’5″ and 265 pounds, and people are going to notice when he comes barreling towards them. This is why Hall has been simply dominating this preseason in his role as a defensive tackle.

Mack Hollins

A few of the Eagles wide receivers are already sitting on the bench with injuries, so it is questionable if they will be ready for the first game of the season. However, Mack Hollins is one of the rookie receivers pushing through an earlier groin injury. He had a notably tough time during yesterday’s practice, but I think he will make the final team cut for his role on special teams. Plus, he did bring in one of two targets for five yards in last week’s game against the Jaguars. Onward and upward, Mack! Otherwise, you won’t get past DeSean Jackson.

Miles Sanders

Making the cut again this week, Miles Sanders is a rookie with something to prove and he’s taking the role seriously. Breaking tackles and making quick cuts, Sanders might not be starting (though it would be nice if he did), but he’s definitely a stand-out player to keep watching. He can find the gaps on the field, and with a quick cut and fast feet, he is a player the Eagles need to put on the field.

Fighting the Injury Bug

Fans are not going to be surprised to hear that Richard Rodgers has landed himself on the injury list for the next few weeks. The tight end is no stranger to the injury reserve; he went out for several weeks last year with a knee injury. Other reported injuries which will keep players off the field: Shelton Gibson (WR),  Josh Perkins (TE),  Charles D. Johnson (WR), Cody Kessler (QB), Nate Sudfeld (QB) and  Hassan Ridgeway (DT).

Prediction: Ravens 26 | Eagles 27

These teams are “playful” rivals on the field. My guess is the final result will be close. My reason for this score is because I want to see both teams do well, but I want the Eagles to win. Plain and simple.