Eagles Defense Humbled Against Ravens
While the Eagles offense, or lack of it has gotten a lot of the preseason attention, the defense didn't have its finest moment in Thursday's 20-10 loss at Baltimore against the Ravens. Sure, the first-team defense only gave up 3 points in half, but that doesn't tell all the story.
While the Eagles didn't show very much and played a basic defense, they were carved up by Steve McNair, who helped Baltimore account for 192 net yards in the first half.
What was alarming was how wide open the Ravens receivers were, especially Derrick Mason, who had seven receptions for 72 yards in the first half.
The Ravens also got big plays from Musa Smith, who had a 36-yard reception and Todd Heap, who added an 18-yard reception.
The fact that Baltimore botched things up in the red zone, shouldn't take away from the fact that the Eagles defense didn't have a stellar performance.
Part of it was that McNair was the first quality quarterback the Eagles faced this preseason. And even though coordinator Jim Johnson isn't going to show his hand in an exhibition game, nobody likes to see receivers running around so freely in the secondary.
This will give the Eagles something to work on. The defense has a chance to be one of the better units in the NFC, against the Ravens, the Eagles took a minor step back and must show that it won't be as easy for receivers to get open as Baltimore made it look.