Scouting Report

The Pick Ravens, 20-10

December 07, 2008|By JAMISON HENSLEY

Ravens run offense vs. Redskins run defense: : It's unknown who will start at tailback for the Ravens, who have the NFL's third-best rushing attack. Le'Ron McClain has led the Ravens in rushing the past two games, averaging 87 yards. The Ravens' usual featured back, Willis McGahee, didn't play one snap last Sunday after totaling 26 yards the previous two games. The Redskins have the No. 7 run defense, but it has been hit hard by injuries. Five of their starting front seven are injured. LB Marcus Washington (ankle) is out, and four others are questionable: LB London Fletcher (foot), DE Andre Carter (foot) and DTs Cornelius Griffin (shoulder-abdomen) and Kedric Golston (ankle). Edge: RAVENS:

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Ravens pass offense vs. Redskins pass defense: : Joe Flacco has been one of the hottest quarterbacks in the NFL. In his past seven games, the rookie has produced a rating of 99.1 - the best in the league during that span. Flacco has thrown 11 touchdown passes and two interceptions in that time while looking downfield more often. He has at least one touchdown pass of 30-plus yards in five of his past six games. WR Mark Clayton has scored touchdowns in consecutive games for the first time in his four-year career. But Washington has been strong against the pass. The Redskins have held quarterbacks to fewer than 200 yards passing in three of their past four games, giving up five touchdowns and making six interceptions. CB Shawn Springs (calf) is questionable. Edge: EVEN:

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Redskins run offense vs. Ravens run defense: : Clinton Portis, the NFL's second-leading rusher, is listed as questionable with knee and neck injuries after not practicing for most of the week. He is expected to play, according to coach Jim Zorn. In his previous meeting with the Ravens (2004), Portis had 53 yards on 25 carries (a 2.1-yard average). If Portis can't play, Ladell Betts will make his first start since 2006. The Ravens have the NFL's third-ranked run defense, which plays even better at home. The opposition's top running back has averaged 40 yards against the Ravens in five games at M&T Bank Stadium. The Ravens haven't allowed a touchdown on the ground at home this season. Edge: RAVENS:

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Redskins pass offense vs. Ravens pass defense: : Washington QB Jason Campbell didn't throw his first interception until Nov. 3, but he has been picked off four times in his past four games. If the Ravens don't get pressure on Campbell (they have 10 sacks in five games), Campbell could look deep to speedy threats such as Santana Moss, Antwaan Randle El and Chris Cooley. But the Redskins have only four passes of at least 20 yards in their past four games. CB Samari Rolle and S Ed Reed, both of whom have hamstring injuries, are expected to play. The Ravens lead the NFL with 20 interceptions, including 10 in the past four games. Edge: EVEN:

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Special teams: : The Ravens' Sam Koch has placed 24 punts inside the 20-yard line, which is tied for second in the NFL. Randle El has been a nonfactor on punt returns for the Redskins, averaging 6.6 yards. Ravens K Matt Stover has shaken off a bad start to convert 13 of his past 15 field-goal attempts, going 4-for-5 from beyond 40 yards. Washington's Shaun Suisham has missed three of his past five tries. Edge: RAVENS:

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Intangibles:: These are two teams going in opposite directions. The Ravens have won six of their past seven. The Redskins have lost three of their past four. Injuries are taking their toll on Washington, which has 11 starters on the injury report. Since 2003, the Ravens have a 10-1 home record against NFC opponents, which is tied with the Jaguars for the best mark among AFC teams. The Ravens are looking for their first win in prime time since 2005. Edge: Ravens:

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Prediction: : The Ravens will stick with their physical running game. That's bad news for a banged-up front seven for the Redskins. This time, the Ravens won't disappoint in the national spotlight. Ravens, 20-10.:

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