The Baltimore Ravens rebounded from their Week 4 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs by crushing the Cincinnati Bengals 27-3 in Week 5. They’ll travel for Week 6 to take on the struggling Philadelphia Eagles, who lost a shootout to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.
Baltimore’s dynamic rushing attack hasn’t been the same in 2020, but its defense has remained elite. Reigning MVP Lamar Jackson could be due for a big game, as he’s posted modest numbers so far this season. The Eagles’ stout run defense could make him air the ball out against their middle-of-the-road pass defense.
Philadelphia is spread at wide receiver against a solid pass defense. The Ravens are even better against the run though, so it could be difficult for Carson Wentz and company to score points. If Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson remain sidelined by injuries, Zach Ertz, Miles Sanders, and Travis Fulgham could have to be the focal points of the offense. The odds are stacked against the home team in this one.
Date: Sunday, Oct. 18
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Notable Statistical rankings (Football Outsiders)
Ravens: #1 Overall — #17 offense, #3 defense, #1 special teams
Eagles: #30 Overall — #29 overall, #22 defense, #10 special teams
Ravens: -7.5, -345
Eagles: +7.5, +290
DOUBTFUL: DE Derek Wolfe (neck, concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Miles Boykin (thigh), S Anthony Levine (abdomen), WR Chris Moore (finger, thigh), CB Marcus Peters (thigh), G Tyre Phillips (shoulder), CB Jimmy Smith (knee), T Ronnie Stanley (shoulder)
OUT: S Marcus Epps (rib), WR DeSean Jackson (hamstring), WR Alshon Jeffery (foot), T Lane Johnson (ankle), CB Avonte Maddox (ankle), G Matt Pryor (illness), LB Duke Riley (rib)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Darius Slay (concussion)
Fantasy football start/sit advice
Lamar Jackson, QB, $7,700
Jackson only has seven passing touchdowns through four games, but this is a matchup he could take advantage of. The Ravens’ rushing attack has been stagnant, but Jackson is capable of breaking contain and making big plays with his legs.
Marquise Brown, WR, $6,500
The Eagles forked up four touchdowns to Chase Claypool in Week 4, and Brown is even more dynamic with the ball. The speedster leads the Ravens in targets (36) and yards per catch (14.5). Brown has 200+ more receiving yards than any other Baltimore wideout, so he seems like the player most likely to expose Philadelphia.
Miles Sanders, RB, $6,600
Sanders averaged 7.3 yards per carry and scored two touchdowns against the second-best run defense in the NFL his last time out. The Eagles don’t have great talent at wide receiver, so they’ll likely dink and dunk the ball to their more versatile weapon.
Zach Ertz, TE, $5,000
Ertz has been underwhelming this season, but he might be Philadelphia’s most talented pass catcher available. He leads the Eagles in targets (35) and could see plenty of targets if Carson Wentz is pressured and forced to get the ball out early by the Ravens’ tough defensive line.