December 9, 2012; Landover, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta (88) catches a touchdown pass as Washington Redskins inside linebacker Perry Riley (56) defends in the second quarter at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Saturday night’s Ravens vs. Redskins matchup is an important one for a number of reasons. As is common in the NFL, the third preseason game is traditionally a dress rehearsal for the regular season, and starters tend to play at least a full half.
Oftentimes, as we saw in the Steelers and Eagles game Thursday night, starters can even last into the third quarter. Coordinators open up the playbook a little as well, instead of just showing a vanilla version of their offense or defense.
It’s also an important game for fringe roster prospects hoping to make a career in the NFL. Next Tuesday brings the initial wave of cuts, when teams have to trim their rosters from 90 on down to 75. For some of these players, it’s their last chance to make an impression in real game action. For the Ravens, there are a few positions that are still unsettled.
We have identified 5 things that you will want to look for in Saturday night’s pivotal game. Click through to see what we will be watching.