May 28, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Aldrick Robinson (13) performs a drill during training camp at the Under Armour Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
The Eagles present a problem that team’s cannot replicate in practice and that is their high-tempo offense that generally leaves teams gassed. Lardarius Webb failed his conditioning test in camp, and he has some speedy receivers to chase down in this contest.
The defensive backs aren’t the problem when the Eagles offense get rolling, however. It’s the front seven that struggles to generate a consistent pass rush or lack the energy to make stops against the run. The Eagles move so quickly that defenses can’t make substitutions either, making them even harder to stop.
The Ravens can counter that tempo by doing their best to take as much time as possible when their offense is on the field. That serves two purposes: keeping the Eagles offense off the field and the Ravens defense fresh.
It is inevitable that at some point the Eagles will start rolling on offense. The key will be to make the important stops on third down, and more importantly inside the red zone. Last season, the Eagles were effective in getting down the field quickly, but were forced to settle for field goals on many of those possessions. That’s a win for the defense.
The Ravens have known for weeks now that this game was coming against Philadelphia. Everyone was aware that their conditioning would be tested this week. We will find out who is physically ready for the regular season during this game.
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