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Jaworski on Patriots-Ravens: Offensive blueprint?

On the offensive side, ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski didn't see much hope that the Ravens could copy the Eagles' so-called "blueprint" for attacking the Patriots in Monday night's game. Employing a quick-release passing game that stretched the Patriot coverage and utilized the middle of the field, the Eagles scored 28 points against New England last Sunday night and, in the process, controlled the ball effectively enough to contain the Patriots' own awesome offense. (Even at that, Jaworski pointed out, the Patriots did score 31 points, held the ball for at least 70 plays and and gained 410 yards).

Yet, Philadelphia did have a fourth-quarter lead and a chance to win it at the end and did so mostly by attacking aggressively on offense.

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"The Eagles may not have that No. 1, go-to wide receiver but they do have a pretty good receiving corps where they can bring in three, four receivers," Jaworski said. "But what you really have to factor in there is (running back) Brian Westbrook, who is a big-play difference maker. I don't see where the Ravens have that kind of player who is going to give a defense that kind of matchup problem.

"Plus, (Eagles quarterback) A.J. Feeley did a very good of making the read, quickly processing information and then getting the ball out of his hand right away. And I don't think that Kyle Boller, at this point in his career, can necessarily do that."

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Finally, Jaworski said, the Eagles' offensive line played an exceptionally strong game, keeping the Patriots off Feeley's back (he was sacked just twice in 42 pass attempts) while the Ravens' offensive line has struggled for most of the season.

Other than that, Baltimore should be just fine.

Photo credit:  Ken Hively/L.A. Times

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