PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 11: Trent Cole #58 of the Philadelphia Eagles tackles Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens for a loss during their pre season game on August 11, 2011 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
The dreaded trap game. Every year when the NFL schedule comes out, you look for it. The game away against a non-conference opponent in between weeks where you play important or rivalry games. This week, is just such a game for the Ravens.
Last week, they opened at home against division rival Cincinnati, next week they'll face the Patriots on Sunday night football. So is this week on the road against the Eagles a possible trap game? National Football Post's Joe Fortenbaugh thinks it could be and points out that the Ravens have faltered in this very spot last year.
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (-2.5) vs. Baltimore Ravens: Remember last year when the Ravens blasted the Steelers 35-7 at home in Week 1 and then traveled to Tennessee in Week 2 to play a Titans team that was coming off a loss to Jacksonville? Final score: Titans 26, Ravens 13. Let me ask you this: If Baltimore is really as good as they looked on Monday night and Philly is as bad as they appeared last Sunday at Cleveland, then why has this line barely moved? Maybe it has something to do with the fact that this could be a trap game for the Ravens, who might get caught looking ahead to their Week 3 Sunday night showdown with the New England Patriots.