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Match-Up: Baltimore Ravens @ Washington Redskins

Week 14:

Baltimore Ravens (9-3) @ Washington Redskins (6-6)

At: Fed Ex Field

Beltway Bash!

The Redskins are headed in the right direction, winners of three straight and have plenty of playmakers on both sides of the ball to be concerned about. Obviously, the Redskins have rookie QB Robert Griffin III with his skilled arm and read option/rushing attack. On defense Washington poses a tough front seven ranking 4th versus the run, allowing just under 92 yards on the ground.

The Ravens on the other hand have not been consistent on offense, in fact, ‘consistent inconsistency’ summarizes the season for this unit. The defense however, continues to find ways to keep their team in the game, despite key injuries. Special teams has been a strength for the Ravens this season. This match-up, the offense will have to find a way to keep drives alive and keep the Redskins offense off the field.




Ravens D vs. RB Alfred Morris & QB RGIII:

The Redskins run game has been so effective that they rank 1st in rushing (167.2 yards per game). Key to success goes to rookie Alfred Morris, who has 1106 yards, and a 4.8 average on the season. Morris is only the second player in franchise history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in his first NFL season. The Ravens run D will have to maintain gap integrity and wrap up tackling.  With OLB Suggs out, that might give the advantage to the Redskins. The Ravens have improved on stopping the run, but they still haven’t been as dominant as in years past.

Rookie QB Robert Griffin III has been exceptional in his first season. Not only does he make good decisions, but also he is accurate. He doesn’t throw many interceptions (4) with 17 TD’s this year. Couple Griffin’s speed on the read option (misdirections, play-action, draws and QB keepers), he poses many problems for defenses running the football. Griffin has 714 yards rushing (6.8 yard per ave.).


QB Joe Flacco vs. Redskins Secondary:

Where Washington struggles is thie pass defense. DeAngelo Hall is a top corner, but the rest of the secondary has been lagging. CB Josh Wilson, SS Reed Doughty and FS Madieu Williams have not been effective.  The unit ranks 31st versus the pass (299.0 yards per game).  Flacco and company ranks 15th in passing yards (240 yards per game).  If there is any game that  QB Flacco can connect with his receivers Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith, it should be this match-up. CB Hall has a minor ankle injury, could play this Sunday.


RB Ray Rice vs. Redskins Run D:

Go back to last Sunday versus Pittsburgh, Rice only had 12 carries (which is horrible play-calling). Of course, rookie Bernard Pierce was effective, yet, there’s no reason not to get Rice on the field; big play ability just standing on the sideline is just plain bad use of talent.  The Redskins rank 3rd versus the run, the Ravens offense ranks 23rd in rushing.


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