Preseason Game 3: Ravens vs. Redskins
When: Saturday, 8/29/2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland
Live Stream: NFL.com
Local TV/Radio Crew: Gerry Sandusky, Stan White, Qadry Ismail
WBAL (NBC/11 – Baltimore)
Comcast Sportsnet Plus (Mid-Atlantic)
WJLA (ABC/7 – Washington)
WHTM (ABC/27 – Harrisburg PA)
WRC (NBC/4 – Washington)
Comcast Sportsnet Mid-Atlantic
WNUV (CW/54 – Baltimore)
WSOC (ABC/9 – Charlotte NC)
WGNT (CW/27 – Norfolk VA)
WRLH (FOX/35 – Richmond VA)
WSLS (NBC/10 – Roanoke VA)
Preview: The Baltimore Ravens come home to lick their wounds after a devastating 40-17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in week 2. After completely imploding in virtually every aspect, this is a team that desperately needs to get healthy and disciplined after last week’s road blowout.
The Ravens committed 17 penalties for a net loss of 139 yards, which along with their poor defensive play kept the Eagles fast paced offense moving down the field. Meanwhile, the Ravens offense couldn’t score a touchdown until third string quarterback Bryn Renner entered the game.
Missing six offensive linemen and a host of other players to various myriad injuries, the Ravens had difficulty running the ball as well once starting running back Justin Forsett exited. It was a stark contrast to their week 1 win against the Saints, when the Ravens looked dominant on both sides of the ball.
The Redskins have plenty of issues along the offensive line as well, and watched quarterback Robert Griffin take multiple devastating hits against the Lions before leaving the game with a concussion. RG3 finished with an ugly stat line, going 2 for 5 passing for 8 yards while absorbing 3 sacks and fumbling twice.
Once Griffin exited, the Redskins settled down and pulled off the win, their second of the preseason. Both Colt McCoy and Kirk Cousins looked quite capable of moving the offense as both threw a touchdown each and finished with passer ratings over 100.
The Redskins defense managed four sacks and limited the Lions’ rushing attack to a 3.5 yard per attempt average. It was a nice effort from a unit that largely struggled to contain teams in 2014 and gives the Redskins something to build on as they head towards the 2015 season.
That performance largely came against backups and deep reserves, however. With week 3 representing a regular season dress rehearsal, the Ravens have a distinct advantage with a more talented roster. They are also at home and seemingly angry after the controversy surrounding last week’s beat down.
Expect the Ravens’ defense to take out some of that aggression on the rag tag Redskins o-line, and for the offense to get back on track this week. It might not be a blowout, but the Ravens will get a much needed bounce back win.
Prediction: Ravens 27, Redskins 20
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