Ravens vs Redskins Preview
The Baltimore Ravens host the Washington Redskins on Saturday night for their third preseason game. The starters are expected to play into the second half, giving us a nice idea where the teams stand going into the regular season.
The Baltimore Ravens offense has shown a great deal of promise this preseason. The running game has been resurgent as Kubiak’s wide zone blocking scheme has worked splendidly. The Ravens offensive line was the main concern going into the preseason however it has looked good.
The offensive line should get a good test (at least from a pass protection standpoint) facing quality pass rushers like Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan.
The Ravens focus offensively will be to get off to a fast start. In the first preseason game the offense had a beautiful 80 yard touchdown drive. In the second game the offense heated up but after a slow start. Rhythm and tempo is clearly important for this offense. Fast starts are so important for the Ravens.
For the Redskins its all about getting Robert Griffin III some much needed confidence. RG3’s performance was fairly pedestrian last week against the Browns (other than one deep bomb). The Redskins have weapons. Its up to RG3 to get the job done. Look for the Skins to start with easy, high completion passes. The Ravens defense has continued its troubles against screens, this may be just the test they need.
For the Ravens defense, the focus is on the front seven. With injuries to Ladarius Webb, Asa Jackson and Jimmy Smith the Ravens are short handed in the secondary. There is only so much you can do to help this-it may not look pretty in the Ravens secondary. The Ravens need to get good push up front. The time for the Ravens rush defense to step up is now; it has been unacceptable thus far. The tackling must be sharp, the fundamentals must be done well. The secondary may have its struggles but there are no excuses for the front 7.