It is only Week 2 of the 2012 NFL regular season and the Eagles already face a watershed game in their home opener against the Baltimore Ravens. Last week's escape against Cleveland raised far more questions with this year's Birds than it answered. They completely outplayed the Browns on paper but once again turnovers and penalties proved costly in a 17-16 squeaker in a game they were favored to win by nine points on the road,
It took a last minute drive to get by a team it should have beaten by three touchdowns. While most of the blame fell on Michael Vick's shoulders, and rightly so, the entire team continued to shoot itself in the foot much in the same way it did all last season and well all remember how that turned out.
Sunday afternoon can go one of two ways; really good or really bad. The really good route would be a win over a team that everyone is crowning as the best in the AFC based on a 44-13 beatdown of Cincinnati on Monday night. Even if the Eagles lose this game but keep it close to the end would be a moral victory. Really bad would be a blowout in front of the home-town crowd. If Philly plays the way it did last week things will get ugly fast with the bleachers clearing out by the end of the third quarter.
I am going with option one for Sunday's game. I actually have the Birds coming-up just short against a very balanced Ravens team as they are probably still a week or two from returning to peak form. If I am right, there should be no head-hanging as long as they play to their ability. My heart is obviously pulling for the win, which would make the Browns' game a distant memory and send the Birds soaring to the top of the ranks in the NFL. That is just the way it works in this league.
The following is a link to my complete breakdown of Sunday's game in an article that was originally posted on Doc's Sports Service as part of my ongoing series that provides a preview and pick for every Eagles game this season utilizing their Unit Betting System.
Weekly Philadelphia Eagles Betting Picks: Week 2 vs. Ravens