A few hours ago, I sat down and watched a replay of Sunday’s game between the
Or maybe it just looked that way because the Browns started a rookie quarterback on Sunday afternoon.
But their struggles had a lot to do with the speed the Eagles have on defense, from their deep defensive line to a secondary that boasts a pair of former
“It’s a talented football team,” Ravens coach
The Eagles sacked Weeden twice, hit him five times and hurried him on seven plays. They picked him off four times. And after completing 12 of 35 attempts for 118 yards, Weeden finished with a passer rating of 5.1. Now some are calling for Weeden to be benched for
But while Weeden left a few opportunities on the field that a more poised passer would not have, the Eagles didn't give him much of a chance. They bottled up Richardson, holding him to 2.1 yards per carry, and they put a lot of pressure on the offensive line.
"It's amazing. They've got, I think, 10 defensive linemen on the roster," Harbaugh said. "They are all legitimate pass rushers. They are all high-motor, high-effort guys. I have been around Trent Cole when we were there. The energy he plays with is really amazing. The whole defensive front is like that."
The Eagles were much sounder when tackling ball-carriers after getting gouged at times a year ago. The trade for former
"They've got DeMeco Ryans in the middle now. Their linebackers are downhill-playing guys," Harbaugh said.
That speedy front seven, with their wide defensive line alignment, will pose a challenge for a suddenly-young starting Ravens offensive line, which should have
And then there’s the secondary, which should be better than it was a year ago, mostly because the reports out of Philadelphia are that the Eagles are utilizing Asomugha, once an elite cover corner, better than they did a year ago, his first in Philly.
"[They have] two of the best corners in football," Harbaugh said.