BALTIMORE (AP) -- 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.
Dexter Wynn returned a punt 74 yards for a score, McNabb threw a
51-yard touchdown pass to Brian Westbrook, and the Eagles benefited
from three turnovers by Kyle Boller in a 20-14 preseason victory
"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 Thursday. 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.
But the Eagles are clearly a better team with Owens in the mix.
"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
"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
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
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
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.