Washington Redskins Picked As Three-Point Favorite Over Baltimore Ravens At Home

August 17, 2010- By Jonathan Lowell

In the second game of the preseason for both teams, the Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens will try to keep their records perfect. Donovan McNabb played well in the limited time he saw, throwing for 58 yards and one touchdown in eight attempts.

The Ravens got an even better start from Joe Flacco, who threw for 120 yards and a score. Unfortunately, no backups emerged to impress the coaching staff, and will need to show improvement in the game against the Redskins.

The Redskins are set as a three-point favorite over the Ravens according to Bodog sportsbook. The over/under for total points scored in the game by both teams is set at 38. The most trusted USA sportsbooks usually pick the home team as the favorite in pre-season games because of the lack of playing time for the starters.

Many changes to the Redskins’ way of doing things on offense and defense came when they hired Mike Shanahan to coach the team in the offseason. Jim Haslett brought the 3-4 defense to Washington, and their star defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth has yet to adapt. That means Phillip Daniels and Maake Kemoeatu will have to bring the pressure in the new defensive scheme. The 3-4 also allows outside linebackers to bring pressure, and Brian Orakpo will be able to do what made him a star at the University of Texas: sack the quarterback. DeAngelo Hall anchors a secondary that finished eighth in passing defense last season. The 2010 Washington Redskins season preview has Chris Horton and LaRon Landry as players that will provide support for Hall in terms of passing defense. Flacco will start the game at quarterback, but from there Mark Bulger will have to improve his 67-yard and one lost fumble performance from last week. He will most likely be throwing to rookie Ed Dickson at tight end, and new acquisition Anquan Boldin, who had only one catch in the first pre-season contest. Willis McGahee will line up behind Flacco at first before Curtis Steele comes in to carry the load the rest of the way.

The Ravens’ defense will be led by Ray Lewis once again this season, but he too will probably play limited minutes in the first half. Draft pick Sergio Kindle and second year player Dannell Ellerby will look to impress coaches after Lewis comes out. Draft pick Terrence Cody out of the national champion Alabama Crimson Tide was featured in a few offensive packages, but had a false start penalty called on him. Haruki Nakamura recorded five solo tackles in the first pre-season game at safety, and he will take the place of the injured Ed Reed. Tom Zbikowski also made an appearance in the secondary in his third year out of Notre Dame. The 2010 Baltimore Ravens season preview has listed Cory Redding and Kelly Gregg as the top two players on the defensive line. Rex Grossman will get most of the reps in front of John Beck as the two fight for the back up role at quarterback. First round draft pick Trent Williams is still adjusting to the game at offensive tackle, and Ryan Torian will get most of the carries after Clinton Portis exits the game. The quarterbacks checked down to Chris Cooley a lot in the first pre-season game, and Devin Thomas emerged to lead the team in receiving in that contest.

The kickers weren’t much of a factor last game for the Redskins, but Josh Bidwell put three of his six punts inside the 20-yard line. Brandon Banks also returned a punt for a touchdown in an effort to make the Redskins’ roster. Sam Koch put two inside the 20 as well for the Ravens, and Shayne Graham made one of his two field goals.

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