Washington Redskins vs. Baltimore Ravens
The Baltimore Ravens and the Washington Redskins meet in a week three preseason NFL game. The Ravens are -6 favorites over the Redskins with an over/under point total set at 33.5.
After week two’s win over the Kansas City Chiefs, Baltimore Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh apologized to the Chiefs for running up the score, that will be the last apology Harbaugh issues this season as he has a team on a mission and that mission is the Super Bowl. On Offense, Cam Cameron has a lot to work with as the Ravens are a veteran team and playoff regulars and the regulars are what we should see plenty of in this one as we won’t see the starters again until week one of the regular season. Joe Flacco has come a long way in a short amount of time and he has gone from a serviceable QB who won’t beat himself to a player who can take over and win games by himself. Anquan Boldin was big addition alst season and this year’s pick up of Lee Evans may prove to be big as well as he’s a home run threat. With Willis McGahee gone Ray Rice will be the man though Ricky Williams is still very capable while Anthony Allen, Matt Lawrence, and Damien Berry are just hoping to get reps to make the roster. The Ravens have a lot of beef on the defensive line with Haloti Ngata tipping the scales at 350 and Terrance Cody at 349. Terrell Suggs still brings the heat from the outside and of course in the middle is Ray Lewis who is the straw that stirs the drink. Ed Reed and Chris Carr lead the secondary and while Reed and Lewis may be aging, there is plenty of youth waiting in the wings in the likes of Tavares Gooden, Haruki Nakamura, Sergio Kindle and plenty of others. Like most veteran teams, the Ravens won’t play their starters as much as some of the others but like all top contenders, their depth is simply rock solid.
The Washington Redskins have been impressive over the preseason, there is no denying it but it does leave a big question which is can they possibly leverage their strong preseason play into the regular season. Mike Shanahan is instilling a new confidence in Washington and it has started with his QB battle featuring two players looking for redemption: John Beck and Rex Grossman. Grossman was the star in week one against Pittsburgh but as solid as Grossman looked, his performance was overshadowed by Beck’s performance against Indianapolis last week. While Shananhan is saying he may not name the Redskins’ starter until right before the season opener, many feel Beck has already won the job. Washington is stacked at running back and even with Ryan Torain on the sideline they still have Tim Hightower, Roy Helu, Shaun Draughn, and Keiland Williams, all of whom have performed well. Rookie Leonard Hankerson seems to be fitting right in at wide receiver with veterans Santana Moss, Anthony Armstrong, and Donte’ Stallworth, and Jabar Gaffney all seeing action. London Fletcher and Brian Orakpo and Josh Wilson and Oshiomogho Atogwe are both back in pads after hamstring issues. This game should answer a lot of questions about Washington as we’ll get a better idea if this is a truly improved team of if this is a team that has looked good playing against others teams third units.
I personally am not ready to buy into the Redskins and while this is a lot of points to lay on a team that just apologized for scoring too much, it seems to be the best option. I’m taking the Ravens minus the 6.
Baltimore Ravens -6 Washington Redskins