BALTIMORE (Aug. 20, 2005) -- If the Philadelphia Eagles without Terrell Owens could come up with enough big plays to beat the Baltimore Ravens, then Donovan McNabb can only imagine how good the offense will be once their gifted wide receiver finally gets some action.
"I was very happy with what I saw," Philadelphia coach Andy Reid said. "I thought it was important that Donovan did well against a really good defense, and he did a nice job."
McNabb went 6 for 9 for 107 yards before leaving in the second quarter with the Eagles leading 17-0. He also ran for 27 yards on his lone carry.
Owens missed a second straight preseason game because of a groin injury he aggravated on Aug. 18. He hasn't caught a pass this summer, but has made news by demanding a new contract, being sent home from training camp, calling McNabb "a hypocrite" and insulting offensive coordinator Brad Childress.
|The Ravens had problems corralling Donovan McNabb, especially on this 27-yard run.|
"It will be nice next week when we get T.O. back. Hopefully we'll have him," McNabb said. "I'm looking for him to get out on the field and we can be together."
Owens certainly wasn't needed on this night, because the Eagles' first-string offense had little difficulty moving against a unit that is still getting adjusted to the aggressive 4-6 alignment of first-year defensive coordinator Rex Ryan.
The Eagles (1-1) led 7-0 when McNabb ran 27 yards to his own 42. Three plays later, he hit Westbrook in the right flat, and the running back coasted down the sideline into the end zone to make it 14-0.
"We don't have all our guys here, obviously," McNabb said at halftime, "but the guys that are here are doing an excellent job catching the ball, getting first downs and moving the ball downfield."
Allowing an easy touchdown is OK in the preseason, but the Ravens know a similar lapse in their regular-season opener against Indianapolis would be disastrous.
"We can't have a play like they had on the touchdown when we play the Colts," Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis said. "Rex and the coaches will fix that."
On the Ravens' opening series, Boller threw an incomplete pass on first down before completing an 11-yarder to Derrick Mason. His next pass, however, was thrown right into the arms of safety Michael Lewis, who returned the interception to the Baltimore 32.
The Eagles lost a yard on three plays before David Akers was wide right on a 51-yard field goal try.
Philadelphia then forced a punt, and Wynn burst up the middle behind a block by Ryan Moats and sprinted into the end zone without being touched.
It was 14-0 before Boller lost a fumble, and Akers turned the mistake into a 45-yard field goal.
Late in the half, Boller threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Daniel Wilcox, completing a 49-yard drive that enabled him to derive something positive from a shoddy performance.
"I'm glad we finished strong on that last drive, because the start wasn't very good," Boller said. "It's probably my worst quarter-and-a-half in the NFL."
Boller went 10 for 15 for 88 yards for Baltimore (0-2).
The Ravens had a touchdown called back on the final play of the second quarter. Ed Reed picked up a loose ball on a blocked field goal and ran about 15 yards before flipping it to Chris McAlister, who took the ball into the end zone.
But officials viewing the replay ruled that the pass from Reed to McAlister was not a lateral.
"I don't know of a football field, pup, community, Pop Warner, junior high, high school or college that that's not a touchdown," Ravens coach Brian Billick said. "But evidently not in the NFL."
Baltimore cornerback Samari Rolle left the game in the first half with a mild right knee sprain. Before the injury, he intercepted a McNabb pass at the Baltimore 30 to end a scoring threat.
Philadelphia wide receiver Justin Jenkins sprained his right knee on the opening kickoff and was taken from the field on a cart. Jenkins is listed as Owens' backup on the depth chart.