The Ravens will host the Redskins, Saturday night (7:30) at M&T Bank Stadium.
Coverage begins with an hour-long pregame show at 6:30 on CSN, taking you up to game time.
The third preseason game most closely resembles the regular season. Starters sometimes play into the second half, and after getting handled 40-17 by the Eagles last week, the Ravens (1-1) are seeking a far better showing.
Here are my five areas to watch:
1. The offensive line
The guys who normally protect quarterback Joe Flacco’s blindside are banged up. Don’t expect starting left tackle Eugene Monroe (bruised forearm) or starting left guard Kelechi Osemele (sore Achilles) to play. Neither practiced this week. Whoever starts in their place needs to keep Flacco upright.
2. Backup backs
This will be a key game for Buck Allen, Terrence Magee, and Fitz Toussaint. Allen is the presumed No. 2 back, now that Lorenzo Taliaferro (sprained knee) will be out at least a few weeks. But Magee and Toussaint are fighting for a roster spot, and Allen wants to prove he can handle being Justin Forsett’s backup. Forsett may not play much Saturday, especially with the offensive line in flux. That leaves an opportunity for other backs to shine.
3. Special teams
The Ravens still haven’t settled on a punt returner or kickoff returner. Asa Jackson will start the game in both roles, but others will get an opportunity. Meanwhile, players on the bubble like linebacker Arthur Brown could strengthen their case by showing well on special teams.
The Ravens committed 17 penalties against the Eagles. Ravens coach John Harbuagh wants that number to come down Saturday. Way down
5. How will the first teams look?
Flacco threw two interceptions against the Eagles, and the first team defense was gashed for two touchdown drives. No matter how long they play, the Ravens’ “starters want to send a message that they’re ready for the regular season.
“We definitely want to kind of show what this Ravens team is about,” Suggs said. “That’s usually what the third preseason (game) is about.”