A little more than three weeks ago, this wasn’t much of a question. Even many Redskins fans would freely admit that the Ravens, even at FedEx Field, would be expected to administer a pretty solid beating.
But what a three weeks it’s been.
And not just on the Redskins’ side. Since Washington began turning its season around on Nov. 18 with three NFC East victories, the Ravens have split a pair of three-point games with the Steelers, and needed a fourth-and-29 conversion to win in overtime at 4-8 San Diego.
The Ravens are 9-3, but it’s not a scary, unbeatable 9-3. The way the 6-6 Redskins have played lately, especially in the grind-it-out win over the Giants, nobody looks unbeatable. If the Redskins are healthy, take care of the ball and play within themselves, they have reason to be confident.
The numbers provide a few more reasons: The Ravens, despite the presence of one of the top backs in the league in Ray Rice, are just 23rd in rushing, while the Redskins — with help from RGIII — are first. Washington is also fourth against the run, with Baltimore 25th. If you listen to Ravens fans on game day, complaints about the play-calling, about refusing to feed Rice the way Eagles fans complain about refusing to feed LeSean McCoy, are common. So there are a couple matchups Washington might win.
The Ravens and Redskins have another thing in common: Just 11 turnovers on the season; Only New England (nine) has fewer.
The Redskins’ secondary, once a big worry, has cleaned up its play lately, meaning the fear of a huge day for Torrey Smith might not be what it once was. But Washington still isn’t getting much pass rush.
Just a few things to think about before you leave your game prediction in the comments. Ravens at Redskins: Who ya got?