It's time for another installment of battle of the beltway. The Washington Redskins will face the Baltimore Ravens in week three of the 2015 preseason. The Washington Redskins received some bad news this week as Junior Galette suffered a season ending Achilles tear in practice. While that was unfortunate and the team really could have used him in this game, The Redskins will likely be moving forward with either Preston Smith or Trent Murphy. Jackson Jeffcoat, Houston Bates and newcomer Sage Harold will be seeing more time against the Ravens on defense.
It was just announced late friday night that Robert Griffin III's status to play in the game Saturday was changed:
Upon further review by neuropsychologists, RGIII to be held out from gameplay this week & rested 1 to 2 weeks before returning to action.— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) August 28, 2015
According to Redskins.com's Stephen Czarda, the keys to the Ravens game are as follows:
#1. Get the air game going
Here are some matchups to look out for in the passing game:
On the outside, DeSean Jackson isn’t expected to play, but rookie
Jamison Crowder(hamstring) may get his first live game action after the Redskins selected him in the fourth round in May's NFL Draft.With Jackson out, Ryan Grantis also given more opportunities to snag a few balls with the first-team offense and get exposure against top-flight cornerbacks in the league.
A young offensive line will be tested by a potent Ravens front-seven as
Brandon Scherffand Morgan Moseswill likely be matched up against Timmy Jernigan and six-time Pro Bowler Terrell Suggs.
#2. Clip the Ravens' wings
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco continues to be one of the most consistent quarterbacks in the NFL, and last season with Steve Smith Sr. as his primary target, the Delaware product threw for career highs in yards (3,986) and touchdowns (27).
#3. Run past the birds
The Ravens’ defense that ranked eighth in the NFL last season. In the two preseason games to date, the Redskins are second in the NFL in rushing at 166 yards per game.Alfred Morris will once again get a majority of the carries for the first-team offense, but Chris Thompson, the team’s third-down back, could get some action in the first half as well.Through the first two weeks of the preseason, Jones has carried the ball 13 times for 82 yards – 10th most in the NFL – and had a touchdown recorded against Detroit.
#4. Another shot for young pass rushers
[Trent] Murphy – who is the team’s No. 1 strongside linebacker on the unofficial depth chart – has two tackles in the preseason. [Preston] Smith, meanwhile, leads the team in tackles with 11 and [Houston] Bates (three sacks) and [Jackson] Jeffcoat (two sacks) have pressured quarterbacks into untimely decisions in the first two games.
For more information on the Redskins-Ravens game see below:
Game time: Saturday, August 29th, 7:30 p.m. EST
Location: M&T Bank Stadium (Baltimore, MD)
TELEVISION: NBC-4/Comcast SportsNet
– Chick Hernandez (play-by-play)
– Joe Theismann (color)
– Clinton Portis (sidelines)
Redskins Radio Network
– Larry Michael (play-by-play)
– Sonny Jurgensen (color)
– Chris Cooley (analysis)
– Rick "Doc" Walker (sidelines)
The Redskins can also be heard on WWXX 94.3 FM and WWXT 92.7 FM.
Prediction: Redskins win 17-14
Enemy Blog: Baltimore Beatdown
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