The Washington Football Team has dropped back-to-back games and will have a tough task on Sunday when Baltimore comes to town.
Washington showed signs of good football last week, but ultimately, the ground game of the Browns was too much to overcome. This week it gets no easier as Washington will have to deal with the quartet of rushers, including quarterback Lamar Jackson. This will be especially tough since No. 2 overall pick Chase Young is out with a groin injury, which he suffered last week.
- Spread: Baltimore -14
- O/U: 43
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As mentioned above, Chase Young will not be playing in Week 4 against the Ravens as he is dealing with a groin injury. The hope is for him to come back next week, but only time will tell.
An injury to watch as the game gets closer is wideout Terry McLaurin, who is on the injury report now with a thigh injury. He will likely be a game-time decision and if he cannot go, that will not be good for Washington, especially with the daunted secondary of Baltimore.
Defensive end Ryan Anderson should play barring any setbacks, as he is listed as questionable with an ankle injury. The same thing goes for tackle Morgan Moses, who is battling a hip injury. Both players were full participants on Friday. Linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis had an illness this week and is also questionable.
The biggest matchup will be the defensive line of Washingon against the lethal running attack of Baltimore.
The Ravens can hit you from any which way with the likes of Mark Ingram II, rookie J.K. Dobbins, Gus Edwards, and Jackson, who is a duel-threat as he can use his legs or arm as weapons. Last week Cleveland piled up 158 yards on the ground.
Baltimore also rushed for 158 yards last week, but the Chiefs proved to be the better team on that given night. Washington isn’t close to Kansas City in terms of skills, so the run game of the Ravens should be more effective this week if Washington cannot slow them down.
Another key matchup will be the backfield of Washington against the Ravens pass rush. If McLaurin is unable to play, expect Baltimore to stack the box and make Dwayne Haskins Jr. throw the ball, as he will be without two of his biggest targets. Haskins threw for 206 yards and two touchdowns last week but also threw three interceptions. Against Baltimore, those turnovers simply can’t happen or Baltimore will make you pay.
Washington is a 14-point underdog Sunday. Baltimore is coming off a 34-20 loss to Kansas City and will be looking to atone that lone blemish on the season. This is the fourth game in which Washington has been listed as the underdog. Take the over of 43 points as Baltimore’s offense might be too much for Washington to handle.