Ravens - Eagles: 5 reasons for the outcome

1. In the Baltimore Ravens' 15-10 loss Sunday to the Philadelphia Eagles, the defense couldn't contain Eagles wide receiver Terrell Owens in the fourth quarter.

Owens' game-winning 11-yard touchdown catch followed his two other receptions for first downs on the decisive drive. He celebrated emphatically, mimicking Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis' trademark dance in a display that left Baltimore grousing in the locker room afterward. With eight receptions for 101 yards, it was Owens' fifth game in a row with more than 100 receiving yards and boosted his touchdown total to nine.

Through seven games for Philadelphia (7-0), Owens has caught 42 passes for 697 yards and a 16.6 average. Sunday was another demonstration of exactly what the Baltimore offense was deprived of when he successfully fought a trade to the Ravens this spring.

2.. The Ravens moved the football much better in one of Kyle Boller's best performances in two seasons to outgain Philadelphia in total offense, 327 to 298, with a time of possession edge of 33:50 to 26:10. However, the Ravens probably waited until too late to shed the conversative approach and throw the football downfield.

3. Concerned with guarding Owens and accounting for Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb's mobility, the Ravens rarely blitzed and only sacked the MVP candidate twice. Consequently, McNabb had plenty of time to find open receivers and made sound decisions to complete 18 of 33 passes for 219 yards and no interceptions. He also rushed for 36 yards on six carries.

4. An uncharacteristic fumble by running back Chester Taylor proved costly, setting up Owens' touchdown.

5. Wide receiver Travis Taylor's technique of trying to tap a Boller pass to himself in the final minutes was unsuccessful on a fourth down. Philadelphia ran out the clock to end the game.

Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times and ravensinsider.com

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