After watching the Ravens play last Thursday and the Redskins play last Saturday it became clear to me that both teams have the potential to go a long way in this upcoming season.
The Ravens first string looked good, marching down the field right off the bat. Even with very little hand offs to Ray Rice, their running game was solid, led by Leron Mcclain. On the receiving end, Joe Flacco was getting the ball out to his receivers and they were making most of the catches thrown in their direction. With Anquan Boldin in town now it helps take a lot of the pressure off of Derrick Mason, allowing him to catch more balls because not everyone is just targeting him.
I know everyone was worried about the defense but overall, the secondary didn’t look too bad. For the most part, the only struggle the Ravens are going to have this week in the game against the Redskins are injuries.
I believe the Ravens first string is much stronger than the Redskins at the moment, but it is pre-season so lets be honest were going to be seeing mostly 2nd, 3rd and 4th string players trying to make the team. What does that mean for the Ravens? A challenge. That is what it means.
The Ravens have been struggling to keep even their second string offensive linemen healthy and the back ups have not been proving themselves quite yet. It is hard to get in the game and be expected to take the place of someone like Matt Birk or Jared Gaither, but right now that’s what some of these guys are going to have to do. It is time to step up. The same goes for the young guys on defense trying to make the team. We all know the secondary is weak, but with the 2nd and 3rd string guys the Redskins have on offense, these guys are going to have to play hard.
The Redskins have a lot going for them right now. They have a great new head coach in Mike Shanahan, a great offensive coordinator in Kyle Shanahan, and some very talented young guys like Brandon Banks who had a huge run for a touchdown last game, Devin Thomas who had a touchdown as well, and Malcolm Kelly.
My predictions for the game are that we will be seeing very little of Ray Rice. The Ravens have been trying to keep him out of the line of fire. As for the offensive line, with all the injuries sustained to the 1st string players, I believe we will be seeing quite a bit of the back ups in from the start. The Ravens and the Redskins are both going to be playing their young, “on the brink” guys to see what they can do. The third game of pre-season is when we will be seeing most of the starters. As for Saturday, it should be interesting to see all the young match ups, but I believe with all the young talent the Redskins pose on offense they have a slight advantage over the Ravens.
Final Score Prediction: 14-17