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Ravens notebook: Ravens hoping to buck trend of second game letdown

OWINGS MILLS - Each of the previous two seasons began the same for the Baltimore Ravens - a win in Week 1 only to be followed by a loss in Week 2.

It's a trend coach John Harbaugh is looking to put an end to heading into Sunday's matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Ravens beat the Cincinnati Bengals, 44-13, in their season-opener Monday. Just a year earlier, Baltimore beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in similarly convincing fashion to start the season.

But asked what he attributed to the two consecutive blowout wins to begin the year, Harbaugh's focus quickly shifted.

"Two straight years, we've gone to the second game and we've lost," Harbaugh said Monday. "That's happened two years in a row. So that's probably a stat we'll concern ourselves with right now. ... That's what we'll turn our attention to."

Only a week after their season-opening win against the Steelers last year, the Ravens were outplayed by a seemingly inferior Tennessee Titans team that beat Baltimore, 26-13.

In 2010, the Ravens started their season with a win against the New York Jets only to fall to the Bengals a week later.

Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco said Harbaugh talked to the team earlier in the week about avoiding a similar letdown going into Sunday's game against the Eagles.

"John talked to us a little about that just because the last few years we have come out on the opening week and played really well and then had a little bit of a letdown the next week," Flacco said. "We're doing the best we can to make sure to get our bodies rejuvenated on a short week, so that we can get out there on Sunday and get after it as best as we can."

KRUGER, MCPHEE UPDATE: Outside linebacker Paul Kruger (back) and defensive end Pernell McPhee (knee) both returned to practice on a limited basis Friday after sitting out each of the previous two days.

Kruger and McPhee are both listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Philadelphia, but both said they expect to play.

Center Matt Birk (thigh) and safety Ed Reed (thigh) are both listed as probable.

EAGLES INJURIES: Wide receivers Jeremy Maclin (hip) and Desean Jackson (hamstring) both participated on a limited basis Friday. Maclin didn't practice Wednesday or Thursday. Jackson was a full-participant Wednesday, but didn't partake in Thursday's practice. Both players are listed as questionable for Sunday.

Cornerback Curtis Marsh (hamstring) is also questionable for the game. Wide receiver Jason Avant (wrist), safety Kurt Coleman (lacerations) and safety Colt Anderson (knee) are probable.

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