Washington Redskins at Baltimore Ravens betting in Preseason Week 3 on Saturday
By Steven Wisner of North Shore Sports, INC
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The odds opened with the Ravens as 3.5 point favorites at home and a total of 43.5. Baltimore has since been bet up to -4, but look for the home team to continue getting a lot of play this week even after a disappointing 40-17 loss to the Eagles in Week 2.
This week should be the week we see Robert Griffin III get significant time in the brush up before the regular season. He, however, suffered a concussion, though has returned to practice.
The Skins need to get RGIII as much time as possible, but will also look to be careful with the beleaguered quarterback.
Griffin struggled last year which led to questions of whether he would be the team’s starter. Washington has already committed to him, but he’s just 6-for-13 with 44 yards in the preseason and has looked really shaky on the field.
After Griffin, the team has Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy playing well this preseason, albeit against lesser competition.
Cousins is 20-for 26 for 245 yards and McCoy has 113 yards while completing 9-of-12 passes. Each has thrown for a touchdown.
The Ravens are much more stable at the top with Joe Flacco. He’s shown himself to be a solid—though unspectacular QB. This preseason, however, that’s not been the case.
The vet is 8-for-13, but has just 56 yards and two interceptions to show for his work. His passer rating is a dismal 31.7.
Matt Schaub and Bryn Renner have each completed at least 60 percent of their passes, but neither are playing as well as Cousins or McCoy and each have an interception, though they’ve combined for three touchdowns as well.
After a disastrous first season at the helm, Jay Gruden is out to show people that his Redskins’ team is better than people think. He’s been successful through the first two weeks though the biggest question remains: Is Griffin the right answer under center?
On the other side, John Harbaugh’s team is a bit more established. For him it should be all about getting ready for the regular season.
QUOTE TO NOTE
Gruden noted his quarterback is recovering well from the concussion and is expected to get a number of snaps if things progress, adding:
“I think we need the work. We absolutely need the work, whether he takes one shot or 10 shots, we’ve got to get him—we’ve got to get our offense going.”
POSITION BATTLE TO WATCH
The Ravens said good bye to Torrey Smith this offseason and with that are still trying to figure out their wide receiver situation.
Many expect Breshad Perriman to step up in his rookie year, but others like Kamar Aiken, Michael Campanaro and Marlon Brown will see plenty of time as they sort through the inventory at the position.
Getting on the same page between Flacco and his set of receivers will be key in this game.
Griffin’s recovery from the concussion is the lead injury story, but he’s expected to play. DeSean Jackson is also still dealing with a shoulder issue.
In Baltimore, they had 15 players sit out last week and suffered a slew of injuries in the game. Their worst hit position was on the offensive line. They have nine injured lineman at this time.
ANALYSIS AND PREDICTION
The offensive line is a question due to injuries, but otherwise, the Ravens have far fewer questions than the Redskins. They have a stable of receivers and Justin Forsett in the backfield along with a deep crop of possible reserves. Flacco has been bad in his limited preseason action, but that shouldn’t continue.
Look for Flacco to have a solid showing in this tune-up for the regular season while Griffin continues his struggles that date back to last year.
Baltimore 27, Washington 20
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