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* CHI at GB (THU) * DAL at SEA * MIN at IND * TB at NYG
ARI at NE * DET at SF * NO at CAR * TEN at SD
* BAL at PHI * HOU at JAC * NYJ at PIT * WAS at STL
* Updated CLE at CIN KC at BUF * OAK at MIA DEN at ATL (MON)

Prediction: BAL 27, PHI 20 (Line: PHI by 2)

Players to watch: Dennis Pitta, Michael Vick

Players Updated: Jeremy Maclin, Desean Jackson

The Ravens come off a big Monday night win over the Bengals and are looking like a playoff run is already in the cards. The Eagles slink back home after late game theatrics managed to post a comeback win over the Cleveland Browns who almost won that game with virtually no offense. The Eagles get favored here at home and it is a coin tosser but the Ravens are hitting on all cylinders. That's enough to merit an upset if only from the chance for more errors by the Eagles who were only 3-5 at home last year anyway.

Baltimore Ravens
Homefield: M&T Bank Stadium
Sport Turf
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 CIN 44-13 10 OAK -----
2 @PHI ----- 11 @PIT -----
3 NE ----- 12 @SD -----
4 CLE ----- 13 PIT -----
5 @KC ----- 14 @WAS -----
6 DAL ----- 15 DEN -----
7 @HOU ----- 16 NYG -----
8 BYE ----- 17 @CIN -----
9 @CLE ----- ----- ----- -----
News | Statistics | Roster
BAL @ PHI Rush Catch Pass
QB Joe Flacco 240,2
QB Matt Schaub 240,1
WR Steve Smith 5-90,1
TE Dennis Pitta 4-40
PK Justin Tucker 2 FG 3 XP

Pregame Notes: It all came together after halftime on Monday when the Ravens reeled off 27 straight points to end the game with the Bengals. How much of it was facing the visiting Bengals and how much are true changes will be known in the next few weeks but so far - the offense has kicked it up a notch or three. Joe Flacco was to be "set free" and allowed more freedom and more passing in a more open offense. Mission accomplished. He completed 21 of 29 passes for 299 yards and two scores with no turnovers. He made good decisions and distributed the ball very well with seven different receivers catching two or more passes. He had five completions over 25 yards. This is no dink-n-dunk "let's give it to Ray" offense.

Consider too that Ray Rice only had ten carries. He gained 68 yards and score twice while adding three catches for 25 more yards. But that was only 13 touches for Rice. And that is a change. If Rice continues to be so wildly productive, it does not matter.

Torrey Smith was the hot sleeper for some and he looked sharp with a 52 yard catch but only added one more reception for five yards and a run for 13. They did not need much more from him obviously but it was slightly disappointing to see him with just three touches in the game. Anquan Boldin had a nice effort with 63 yards and a 34-yard touchdown where he wrestled the ball away from the defender in the end zone. It all worked for the offense. Jacoby Jones added three receptions for 46 yards as the newest addition to the receivers. Even Dennis Pitta ended up as the lead receiver with five catches for 73 yards and one score. It all worked. And everyone got some. And no one had a lot other than Ray Rice.

This is just one game but a very nice start to the season. And to the benefit of the Ravens, no longer can a defense just stop one or two players.

The Eagles defense was stout against the Browns but how much of that was the defense and how much was just the Browns offense can be argued. Back at home the Eagles will play tougher but they have to stop a whole lot of pieces on the Ravens now. That's unlike the Browns where nothing worked.

If Vick can throw four interceptions and fumble twice against the Browns, I love a defensive touchdown for the Ravens. The interception return by Cleveland for a score almost beat them.

Gaining Fantasy Points BAL 6 4 19 3 5 3
Preventing Fantasy Points PHI 1 4 3 3 19 31

QB Matt Schaub, BAL @CLE 0000018012 ***
You'd like to think it's an opportunity for Schaub coming off the bench to face a Browns defense that's surrendered multiple passing scores in three straight. However, Schaub's supporting cast has been gutted--plus he's the backup for a reason.
RB Javorius Allen, BAL @CLE 9005400000 *
Allen is still looking for his first NFL touchdown, and only once in his pro career has he touched the ball more than 10 times in a game. But with Justin Forsett done for the season the Ravens will give the ball to Buck--a lot, since Baltimore also lost quarterback Joe Flacco for the season and will dust off Matt Schaub this week. And he'll face a familiar foe, a Browns defense he racked up 58 yards on eight carries against earlier this season. Now he'll load up on touches in a Cleveland venue that has welcomed opposing running backs with open arms, surrendering at least 157 yards from scrimmage in all four dates at the Dawg Pound.
WR Kamar Aiken, BAL @CLE 003301000 *
Aiken was Baltimore's go-to guy sans Steve Smith in the earlier meeting with Cleveland, and he produced 4-78 on nine targets. It'll be Matt Schaub on the other end this time, which isn't likely to help Aiken's numbers.
WR Chris Givens, BAL @CLE 003500000 *
Givens is running as Baltimore's wingman, which in many cases would be a positive against a defense that's allowed multiple fantasy helpers from wideouts in three straight, four of five and seven of 10 overall. But with Baltimore going to the bullpen for Matt Schaub all bets are off with regards to passing game production this week.
TE Crockett Gillmore, BAL @CLE 006500000 *
Gillmore has scored in two of the past three and topped 100 yards in the game he couldn't reach the end zone. Now he'll face a Cleveland defense that's given up five TE TDs in the past two weeks. Plenty of upside here, as Matt Schaub has demonstrated in the past he knows where to find his tight end.
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K Justin Tucker, BAL @CLE 2111 ***
With Baltimore's offense gutted by injury it could be tough for the Ravens to move the ball--with obvious repercussions for Tucker.

Philadelphia Eagles
Homefield: Lincoln Financial Field
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 @CLE 17-16 10 DAL -----
2 BAL ----- 11 @WAS -----
3 @ARI ----- 12 CAR -----
4 NYG ----- 13 @DAL -----
5 @PIT ----- 14 @TB -----
6 DET ----- 15 CIN -----
7 BYE ----- 16 WAS -----
8 ATL ----- 17 @NYG -----
9 @NO ----- ----- ----- -----
News | Statistics | Roster
PHI vs BAL Rush Catch Pass
QB Sam Bradford 220,1
QB Mark Sanchez 10 200,1
RB Ryan Mathews 40 1-10
RB DeMarco Murray 60,1 3-20
RB Darren Sproles 30 6-50,1
WR Miles Austin 3-50
TE Brent Celek 4-40

Pregame Notes: Sure it was a win but it was Sylvester Stallone in drag kind of ugly. The Eagles squeaked past the Browns (a phrase I have never written) thanks to a touchdown pass to Clay Harbor with only 1:18 left to play. The sad part was that the Eagles literally produced three times the offensive yardage and yet beat them in turnovers 5 to 4. Michael Vick passed for 317 yards and two scores but was intercepted four times.

LeSean McCoy ran for 110 yards on 20 carries and gained 26 yards on six catches but lost a fumble. It was sloppy play for a team that seemed vastly more talented and yet drastically under prepared. Hard to do with only nine months to get ready.

Jeremy Maclin was the top receiver with seven receptions for 96 yards and one score but he was injured multiple times in the game only to return. He has been diagnosed with a right hip flexor which may impact this game. Updates as injury reports are released during the week but Maclin has a history of playing through dings. DeSean Jackson posted 77 yards on four catches and even Brent Celek ended with 65 yards on four receptions. The passing game worked well enough to get close and then not score. Or just stopped when Vick for threw another interception.

The Eagles were move the ball on a good defense but mistakes and turnovers almost ruined it.

Now facing the Ravens who throttled the Bengals will be an even bigger challenge. This game turns on mistakes and Vick needs a solid effort here to get past. After last week, that is hard to rely on.

Gaining Fantasy Points PHI 9 16 7 5 26 11
Preventing Fantasy Points BAL 3 14 21 6 13 8

QB Mark Sanchez, PHI @DET 0000024012 ***
Sanchez was typical Sanchez last week, with a couple scores but three picks. He's likely heading back to the bench with Sam Bradford slated to return, but even if he gets the nod you don't want him facing a Lions D that's been playing significantly better of late.
RB DeMarco Murray, PHI @DET 7015400000 ***
Lots to like here against a Detroit defense that's given up more RB TDs than any other team as well as allowed a feature back to top 85 combo yards in five of the last six games. One way or another, Ryan Mathews or no, Murray should get his.
RB Darren Sproles, PHI @DET 004300000 ***
With Ryan Mathews out again Sproles should see an uptick in touches. Last week it was enough to lead to a touchdown reception, and while Detroit has yet to allow a RB receiving score this season the increase in field time is always a plus for Sproles.
WR Riley Cooper, PHI @DET 003401000 *
With Philly's wideouts you're essentially spinning a bottle and seeing who it points to. Cooper was the team's leading receiver last week... with two catches for 42 yards, his first action since Week 5. Seems like a stretch to expect much of anything in a tough matchup here.
WR Jordan Matthews, PHI @DET 003500000 ***
Detroit's secondary has played significantly better of late, and with so many different wideouts seeing targets in Philly the small pie is being sliced even thinner. You should be able to do better elsewhere.
WR Josh Huff, PHI @DET 003300000 ***
Huff has scored in each of the past two games, but he's too sparsely targeted to be banked on for the hat trick--especially against a Lions D that didn't give up a WR TD to either Green Bay or Oakland the past two weeks.
TE Brent Celek, PHI @DET 003200000 ***
The Lions have given up eight TE TDs already, and with Celek housing targets otherwise intended for Zach Ertz (out this week) he's an intriguing streaming option.
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K Caleb Sturgis, PHI @DET 1122 ***
Opportunity for Sturgis to exit a two-game slump. He's kicked better on the road, and the Lions have been particularly welcoming to opposing booters.

* CHI at GB (THU) * DAL at SEA * MIN at IND * TB at NYG
ARI at NE * DET at SF * NO at CAR * TEN at SD
* BAL at PHI * HOU at JAC * NYJ at PIT * WAS at STL
* Updated CLE at CIN KC at BUF * OAK at MIA DEN at ATL (MON)

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