Preseason Game 3: Ravens vs. Redskins
When: Saturday, 8/23/2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: M&T Bank Stadium
Live Stream: NFL.com
Radio: 98 Rock
Local Radio Crew: Gerry Sandusky, Stan White, Qadry Ismail
|Kenny Albert, Joe Theismann |
WRC (NBC/4 – Washington)
Comcast Sportsnet Mid-Atlantic
WNUV (CW/54 – Baltimore)
WSOC (ABC/9 – Charlotte NC)
WTKR (CBS/3 – Norfolk VA)
WRLH (FOX/35 – Richmond VA)
WSLS (NBC/10 – Roanoke VA)
|7:30 ET||Gerry Sandusky, Stan White, Qadry Ismail |
WBAL (NBC/11 – Baltimore)
Comcast Sportsnet Plus (Mid-Atlantic)
WJLA (ABC/7 – Washington)
WHTM (ABC/27 – Harrisburg PA)
Betting Line: Ravens -3, O/U 43.5
Preview: Both the Baltimore Ravens and the Washington Redskins come into the third preseason game undefeated in their first two games. The Redskins beat the New England Patriots in convincing fashion in their first game, with a final score of 23-6. They followed that performance by squeaking out a victory last week against the Cleveland Browns, 24-23. Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has largely struggled in preseason action, while backup Kirk Cousins has played quite well.
The Ravens are coming off a dominating win over the San Franciso 49ers in their first preseason game that saw a final score of 23-3. Last weekend the Ravens beat the Cowboys on the road, 37-30. The Ravens offense has played very well after adding new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak in the offseason, along with free agent wide receiver Steve Smith and a newly retooled offensive line.
The Redskins have an entirely new coaching staff with former Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden at the helm. The team added their own big name offensive weapon in the offseason, signing speedy wide receiver DeSean Jackson following his release from the Philadelphia Eagles.
The third preseason game is a dress rehearsal of sorts for all NFL teams, and starters will likely play an entire half or even into the third quarter. We can also expect to see less vanilla playcalling, as teams are trying to get their players warmed up for real action.
Both teams are undefeated in the preseason, but we don’t necessarily expect this game to be very close. RG3 has struggled to adapt to Jay Gruden’s attempts to make him a pocket passer so far. Meanwhile, Joe Flacco has been quickly picking up Kubiak’s new zone read offense, and the Ravens lead the NFL in preseason rushing. Combine that with a superior defense, and we expect the Ravens to come out on top.
Prediction: Ravens 31, Redskins 17.
Tags: Baltimore Ravens