Baltimore Ravens vs. Washington Redskins: 5 Keys to Victory

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Aug 23, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Justin Forsett (29) carries the ball against the Washington Redskins in the second quarter at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens Rush Offense vs. Redskins Rush Defense

The Ravens running backs have done a solid job this preseason, led by Justin Forsett. Forsett has looked great in his limited carries thus far preseason. Based on his play so far this preseason, last year’s effort was no fluke.

Lorenzo Taliaferro will miss the game with an MCL sprain, putting rookie Buck Allen in line to see increased repetitions. This is the ideal opportunity for Allen to win himself a role in Marc Trestman’s offense.

The Redskins defense has been an immovable object so far this preseason, allowing just 91 yards total and have surrendered just 2.8 yards per carry in their first two games. They’ve also recorded nine sacks and now Ryan Kerrigan will make his preseason debut.

The concern will be the offensive line play as the Ravens have been decimated with injuries. Baltimore had six O-linemen miss the last game, and three more were hurt the last time out. The Ravens might be inclined to have Flacco play a few less snaps to keep him from getting hit behind an inexperienced line. They don’t need to see Flacco get drilled like RG3 did a week ago.

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