NFL Preseason Week 3: Washington Redskins at Baltimore Ravens Pick
Total Line: 33.5
The Washington Redskins head up Interstate 95 this Thursday night to take on the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium in this Week 3 NFL preseason clash. Game time is set for 8 p.m. and it will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.
The Redskins moved to 2-0 this preseason with a 16-3 win over Indianapolis as five-point road favorites this past Friday night. This followed a solid 16-7 victory over Pittsburgh in their first game as 2.5-point home underdogs. Both games stayed well ‘under’ the total line.
The big debate in Washington these days is not on Capitol Hill rather it revolves around who will be the team’s starting quarterback on opening day against the New York Giants. John Beck got the start against the Colts and led the Redskins to scores in their first four possessions. He finished the night going 14-for-17 for 140 yards, but could not get his team into the end zone. Rex Grossman got the call against the Steelers and went 19-for-26 for 207 yards with one touchdown.
Baltimore looked flat in a 13-6 loss to Philadelphia as a three-point road underdog in its preseason opener, but bounced back last Friday night with a 31-13 come-from-behind victory over Kansas City as a 6.5-point home favorite. The total stayed ‘under’ the 34-point line in Game 1, but went ‘over’ the 32.5-point line against the Chiefs.
There is no quarterback controversy here but Joe Flacco did not look especially sharp in either outing, completing just 50 percent of his attempts so far. Ray Rice has run the ball 12 times for 51 yards in limited action while newly acquired wide receiver Lee Evans had three catches for 68 yards including a 43-yard reception in his debut against Kansas City.
This game will be the first true test for both teams as the starters are expected to play well into the second half. Defense will be the key as neither team has been able to find the end zone in the preseason so far. The NFL free pick for Thursday night is Baltimore and the ‘under’ as the Ravens grind out the win in the annual ‘crab cake bowl’.
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