Found December 08, 2012 on
One of the marquee games from the early batch of games features the battle of Maryland, when the (9-3) Baltimore Ravens travel down the interstate to take on RG3 and the (6-6) Washington Redskins. The Ravens are coming off an embarrassing loss at home against Charlie Batch and the Pittsburgh Steelers, while the Redskins made their presence known under the Monday night lights getting the better of the defending Superbowl champs.
Both teams have a lot on the line in this one. The Ravens have all but clinched the AFC North, and are trying to play for home field advantage because they are a much better home team. In fact, Joe Flacco’s quarterback rating is 30 points higher at home!
The Redskins are one game behind the Giants for the division lead, and come into this one leading the league in rushing with 167 yards per game on the ground. Much of this is led by fellow rookie Alfred Morris, who has come out of nowhere to be one of the top running backs in the game, and a dark horse in the rookie of the year discussion.
The Redskins have been a great story this year, much like the Colts, and are building a case for getting back to their glory days since they have a franchise quarterback in place. Much of their offense comes from the college pistol offence, which features speed in the back field and deception. If you watch tape, you see a lot of over aggressive pass rushers confused on who has the ball and where the ball is distributed.
Ray Rice needs to be the center of attention for the Ravens to come away with the victory
Griffin is a very efficient and accurate passer, but he’s not a gun slinger like most quarterbacks. Instead of throwing the ball away, he can scramble and pick up the first down or run it to a safe place. The problem is that he becomes susceptible in taking big hits. Being a slight quarterback, taking big hits over the course of his career is going to eventually slow him down and make him a pocket passer. The problem is, he’s an excellent pocket passer as well!
I’m not sold on the Redskins in the this one. The Ravens are a tad over rated, but they are still one of the best teams in football and have the better defense, and better weapons on offense. If Joe Flacco can bounce back, and feed Ray Rice (which all fantasy owners want to see) the Ravens will be able to handle Griffin and the skins.
The Ravens defense hasn’t been what we’ve all known it to be. You can run on them to the tune of 125 yards a game. Their red zone defense has been their saving grace, as they don’t give up a lot of points over the course of the game, averaging 20 points allowed a game. The defense travels well, and with Ed Reed patrolling center field, look for Griffin to keep it away from the ball hawk.
The Ravens will win this game moving the ball with Ray Rice and eliminating mistakes with Joe Flacco. The Ravens have the advantage at all skill positions and have two great wide receivers in Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin. With injuries all over the Redskins defense, and Deangelo Hall a game time decision, Flacco will have a nice game.
This game is a pick em for me as I see it going a couple different ways. I’ll have a better opinion tomorrow in my Winners column, but I have the Ravens winning it due to their many options of offense, and the better defense.
Fantasy wise, this should be a fun game. I like Alfred Morris, RG3, Dennis Pitta, and Torrey Smith
BEST OF MAXIM
The Washington Redskins are facing a big test against the Baltimore Ravens this week, but will be without the services of Cedric Griffin due to s PED suspension and DeAngelo Hall for an ankle injury. This is a particular challenge with the no huddle offense of the Ravens, one can be sure they will put pressure on the Redskins substitution packages and communication could be an issue...
Yesterday it was reported that Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs was forced to hand all of his firearms to the police because of a domestic dispute with his girl friend.
According to WBAL-TV in Baltimore, Suggs was forced to surrender a total of nine weapons after his girl friend placed a restraining order on him.
Suggs had the weapons delivered to Ravens Training Camp, where...
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs was ordered to give up personal firearms as part of a domestic case with his girlfriend. Suggs' attorney, Warren Alperstein, said Candace Williams filed a court order in November. The Baltimore Sun reported. No additional details were provided. "The guns were surrendered over to police pursuant to the court order, and (Suggs...
The Baltimore Ravens have listed linebacker Terrell Suggs as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Redskins.
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports expects Suggs to play, but doesn’t know how effective he’ll be with a torn bicep muscle.
Ravens list Suggs as questionable. from everything i am hearing he’s going to play. question will be how effective can he be
— Jason La Canfora...
Dennis Pitta is, arguably, the best tight end in Brigham Young Cougars history. He was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in April 2010 following his stellar BYU career. Pitta is the Ravens’ top tight end, and has 45 receptions for 442 yards and 4 touchdowns through the first 12 games this season. Pitta was gracious enough to answer a few questions for BLUECOUGAR FOOTBALL. In his...
Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis returned to practice Wednesday for the first time since tearing his tricep in Week 7, and he did so sporting one of those ‘Wicker Basket’ facemasks similar to the ones we’ve seen Chris Canty, Justin Tuck, and Brandon Spikes wear.
But, you know, because it’s Ray Lewis, we’re all a bit more terrified this time around.
[Deadspin via the Ravens...
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III left Sunday's game in the fourth quarter against the Baltimore Ravens with a right injury, the Redskins announced. Griffin hurt the knee on a sack. After leaving the game briefly, he returned but left again. Backup Kirk Cousins replaced him. Cousins tossed an 11-yard touchdown pass to Pierre Garcon with 29 seconds remaining...
BIG BEN'S BACK!
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin announced on Thursday that Ben Roethlisberger will be under center when the team faces the Chargers on Sunday.
At 9-3, the Ravens are the only AFC division leader not currently guaranteed a playoff birth, and looking at their schedule, it's conceivable that they could still be overtaken by the Pittsburgh Steelers as the AFC North's top team. In case you're now scratching your head, hear me out.
The Ravens have a remarkably tough road ahead to round out the 2012 regular season...
With the Washington Redskins trailing the Baltimore Ravens by eight late in regulation, Robert Griffin III sprained his right knee at the end of a 13-yard scramble. He left for one play, returned for four but was literally hopping around on the field.
Eventually, he fell to the turf and could no longer continue.
Fellow rookie Kirk Cousins stepped in and finished RG3's work...
LANDOVER, Md. - The Washington Redskins lost rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III to a sprained right knee late in the fourth quarter but still rallied to beat the Baltimore Ravens 31-28 in overtime on Sunday at FedEx Field. Kai Forbath's 34-yard field goal 3:23 into overtime was the game-winner and came three plays after rookie Richard Crawford's 64-yard punt return....
“The Ravens fell to the Redskins in overtime today, their second loss in a row, to drop to...
Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III will have
an MRI on his injured right knee after he was forced out of the
game late in Sunday's in a 31-28 overtime victory over the
Baltimore Ravens at FedEx Field.