"Really, really solid start. The things I'm most pleased about: One, no injuries. No. 2, no turnovers and only three penalties," Billick said. "That's pretty unique for a first preseason game. I was pretty pleased with the way the guys handled themselves in their first outing."
Steve McNair took Baltimore 93 yards to a touchdown on his only drive of the game, and the Ravens dominated the Eagles' depleted offense in a 29-3 victory Monday night.
The Eagles played without quarterback Donovan McNabb, who had surgery on a torn ligament in his right knee on Nov. 28. Coach Andy Reid said McNabb would make his preseason debut Friday night in Philadelphia's second preseason game, at home against Carolina.
In contrast to Billick, Reid spoke stoically about his team's performance. The fact that the Eagles played without several starters tempered his emotion, but there was no masking his displeasure.
"It was not a very good performance, all the way around, from the first unit down to the last unit," Reid said, measuring his words carefully. "We got to see some young guys play and we'll be able to evaluate them."
The Eagles were penalized six times, lost two fumbles and did not escape injury. Running back Ryan Moats fractured his ankle and will probably be lost for the season; defensive end Jerome McDougle strained his triceps; and defensive tackle LaJuan Ramsey sustained a high ankle sprain.
Reid was almost as disappointed with the way the Eagles opened the game. After making one first down before punting, Philadelphia allowed McNair and the Ravens to move at will into the end zone.
"Maybe their motors were going too aggressively in the beginning there, getting themselves out of position," Reid said of his defense. "Then they settled down and did pretty good. But you can't start the game off that way."
McNair went 6-for-8 for 73 yards, including a 6-yard TD pass to tight end Quinn Sypniewski, in Baltimore's opening march. Now in his second year with the Ravens, the 34-year-old McNair took a seat after the 12-play drive.
"Obviously, Steve now compared to last year -- where he was still learning the verbiage -- has a complete grasp of what we're doing. And we have a much better feel for what Steve can do well," Billick said.
McNair said, "We wanted to start fast. We did a lot of things. We ran the football, we threw the football. Most important, we kept them off-balance."
McNair's backup, Kyle Boller, went 7-for-12 for 40 yards.
Troy Smith, the 2006 Heisman Trophy winner, completed three of 11 passes for 34 yards and ran once for 13 yards. Smith is competing for the third-string job against Drew Olson, who threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Le'Ron McClain that made it 23-3 with 11:55 to go.
Willis McGahee, obtained during the offseason in a trade with Buffalo, had a 16-yard run during the opening drive before leaving with McNair and the first-team offense.
After finishing with 20 yards on four carries, McGahee said, "I still need to get comfortable with what the guys are doing up front. Other than that, it was good for a start."
Matt Stover made all five field goal tries for the Ravens, two from 50 yards. The 39-year-old is entering his 18th pro season.
Baltimore, which ranked No. 1 in the NFL in defense last season, had four sacks in the first half and limited the Eagles to 103 yards over the first 30 minutes.
Brian Westbrook gained 4 yards on three carries, and the Eagles had 14 yards rushing on 11 attempts in the first half. ... Sypniewski's two catches in the first quarter equaled his output for his rookie season. ... The Ravens are 7-3 in the preseason vs. Philadelphia.
Kirk Cousins will be the Washington Redskins' starting quarterback for the upcoming 2015 season, coach Jay Gruden announced Monday.
Robert Griffin III isn't the Redskins' starting quarterback -- but he might not be done in Washington, according to coach Jay Gruden.
Jaguars tight end Julius Thomas is considering having surgery on his finger, a procedure that would sideline the two-time Pro Bowler for at least four weeks.
Trent Richardson's once promising NFL career took another major hit Monday when the Oakland Raiders cut him, a day before the mandated 75-player roster cut deadline.
The race to be the Buffalo Bills' starting quarterback is over, as coach Rex Ryan has chosen Tyrod Taylor to start Week 1 against the Indianapolis Colts.
The Buffalo Bills released Fred Jackson on Monday, ending the veteran running back's nine-year career with the team.