Baltimore Ravens vs. Washington Redskins: 5 Keys to Victory

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Aug 22, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews (81) catches the ball in front of the defense of Baltimore Ravens defensive back Kyle Arrington (24) at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

First-Team Defense

Baltimore has been know for having one of the stingiest run defenses, but the Eagles running backs shredded the Ravens defense, scoring two quick rushing touchdowns. Philadelphia tallied 238 rushing yards as the defense struggled to get off the field. However, much of that can be credited to the Eagles high-tempo offense and the Ravens won’t see anything like that again this season.

The Redskins have a formidable rushing attack of their own, led by Alfred Morris. Washington has averaged over 4 yards-per-carry so far this preseason, racking up over 150 yards in each contest. The Redskins offensive line has struggled to protect, however, so the Ravens’ pass rushers should be able to get to Griffin on passing downs. The key will be to contain him in the pocket.

Baltimore’s defense will be down a man with Lardarius Webb out once again. Fortunate for the Ravens is that the Redskins will be without DeSean Jackson for this game. Dean Pees could really use another corner to emerge as Webb has shown that he’s too injury prone to be relied upon.

Even without Jackson, Redskins Head Coach Jay Gruden believes in the vertical passing game. The Ravens secondary needs to step up as they will be tested tonight.

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