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Harbaugh, Pederson Meet For Bragging Rights Under Reid

PHILADELPHIA: When John Harbaugh leads the Baltimore Ravens towards Doug Pederson and the Philadelphia Eagles, bragging rights underneath Andy Reids teaching tree are at stake.

Harbaugh was Reids particular groups coordinator for 9 seasons in Philadelphia earlier than going to the Ravens in 2008. Pederson was a quarterback underneath Reid and the holder for Harbaughs kicking unit in 1999 and later started his teaching profession with Reid in 2009.

Both Harbaugh and Pederson beat Reid to a Super Bowl title. Harbaugh received it in his fifth season. Pederson hoisted the Lombardi Trophy in his second. Reid lastly bought his ring with the Kansas City Chiefs final season.

Harbaugh has a greater likelihood than Pederson at one other title this season. The Ravens (4-1) go to the Eagles (1-3-1) Sunday trying to prolong their highway profitable streak to 9 video games.

We each labored with Coach Reid, so I believe we each form of have a whole lot of the identical views on issues, possibly the identical experiences, Harbaugh mentioned. I’ve a whole lot of respect for Doug. The means he runs his program and the best way he coaches his workforce, they do an incredible job with their guys and we perceive that.

The respect is mutual.

Hes a man who Ive regarded as much as in my quick time as head coach, any person Ive form of studied in my profession on how hes approached the sport, how hes coached his groups, how hes led his groups, Pederson mentioned of Harbaugh.

Hes all the time bought groups which might be very aggressive, extremely aggressive every week. Hes had a very good soccer workforce these previous couple of seasons. Its all the time enjoyable to go towards coaches that youre acquainted with and have a whole lot of respect for. Its going to take, clearly, an incredible effort by us to compete on this sport.

Ten assistants who labored underneath Reid have turn into head coaches, together with Washington’s Ron Rivera, Buffalo’s Sean McDermott and Chicago’s Matt Nagy. Only Harbaugh and Pederson have received championships to this point.

FEAR THE MVP

Reigning NFL MVP Lamar Jackson ran for a career-low Three yards final week in a win over Cincinnati after lacking a few practices with a knee damage and sickness. He mentioned he plans to apply all week. The Eagles count on to see the man who dominated the league passing and operating in 2019.

Lamar Jackson might be essentially the most harmful participant within the league as a result of there are occasions you are able to do all the pieces proper on protection and cant catch him, or he can throw a ball sidearm beneath of a free rusher and full a go, Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz mentioned.

I believe that youve bought to have a resilient perspective whenever you play him, and you realize {that a} playmaker like him goes to make some performs. You simply need to restrict his massive performs, and you need to keep resilient.

GETTING HIS KICKS

Ravens punter Sam Koch will set a franchise file by enjoying in his 230th sport. The 38-year-old Koch is at present tied with linebacker Terrell Suggs.

After being chosen within the sixth spherical of the 2006 draft out of Nebraska, Koch instantly claimed the beginning job in Baltimore and has by no means missed a sport. He made the Pro Bowl in 2015 and in addition serves because the holder for kicker Justin Tucker.

He epitomizes what success appears to be like like over the lengthy haul, Harbaugh mentioned. A man whos devoted to the method, caring for the small print (and) working extraordinarily arduous.

Kochs work ethic is appreciated by his teammates, too.

Hes the epitome of what a Raven is, cornerback Jimmy Smith mentioned.

CARSONS NEW TARGET

Carson Wentz has struggled this season, tossing a league-high 9 interceptions. But hes proven flashes of excellence the previous two video games and now has a dependable huge receiver catching his passes. Travis Fulgham, who was waived by Detroit and Green Bay in August, has emerged previously two video games. Fulgham caught 10 passes for 152 yards and one landing in a 38-29 loss at Pittsburgh final week.

Hes a big-time participant and weve seen what hes executed in apply now for some time and the way hes form of come alongside inside our offense, inside our system, Wentz mentioned.

ROAR OF THE CROWD

The Eagles could have followers for the primary time of their stadium. Occupancy might be restricted to 7,500 folks, together with gamers, coaches, workforce and stadium personnel, media and followers. The Ravens performed their previous two residence video games earlier than an intimate gathering of 250 speedy members of the family and noticed even fewer followers at their two highway video games, so this might be their first matchup of the yr earlier than a much bigger crowd.

I believe itll be enjoyable, Ravens operating again Mark Ingram mentioned. I believe everyone within the league misses the followers whether or not that be your house followers or being away.

DOWN TO ONE

Three-time All-Pro middle Jason Kelce may very well be the lone starter remaining on Philadelphias depleted offensive line if proper deal with Lane Johnson cant play due to an ankle damage. Left deal with Jason Peters, left guard Isaac Seumalo and proper guard Brandon Brooks are injured.

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AP Sports Writer David Ginsburg contributed to this report.

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