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National media predictions for Ravens-Redskins

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National media predictions for Ravens-Redskins

The Ravens make the quick trip south this weekend, driving right into the storm that is RG3 mania in Washington. Rookie Robert Griffin III and the pistol offense figure to pose a huge challenge for a Ravens defense that could be without both Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs. The Ravens are looking to bounce back from that stunning loss to the Steelers and have shown remarkable resilience under coach John Harbaugh. The Ravens have won 15 straight games after a loss, the longest such streak in the league.

Here is how some of the national media see the game. And in typical Washington fashion, there doesn't appear to be a consensus:

Tedy Bruschi, ESPN: Ravens (no score given)

"This Washington Redskin offense is predicated on deception, on fooling them with the play-action pass off of the read option, and back there for the Baltimore Ravens is one of the smartest players in the history of the game in Ed Reed. I think he'll stay home and stay back especially against those play-action shots."

Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk: Redskins 23, Ravens 21

"The Redskins currently look more like the potential Super Bowl team, beating every other team in the NFC East in a three-game stretch.  Though it remains to be seen whether God really is on the Redskins’ side, He’s definitely not on the Ravens’ this year.”

Elliott Harrison, NFL.com: Ravens 34, Redskins 30

"For the second straight week, I'm predicting a high-scoring game, and for the second straight week, I'm picking the Washington Redskins to lose a close one. But I'm teetering. You can mount a case for either team. Ray Rice is the best player on the field. The Baltimore Ravens' defense, however, will have trouble with the Redskins' formations and Robert Griffin III's versatility."

Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News: Ravens 24, Redskins 23

"There is more than local bragging rights on the line in this short trip for the Ravens. While the red-hot Redskins have a shot to overtake the New York Giants in the NFC East, Baltimore still needs to worry about holding on to the AFC North lead and getting a bye. While rookie Robert Griffin III’s running has boosted Washington’s top-ranked rushing attack, the traditional ground game from rookie Alfred Morris has in turn set up big pass plays for Griffin. The Ravens, still battling through defensive injuries, need to stay disciplined. Baltimore’s defense has been good at bending without breaking to give the offense a chance.

This is a critical game for Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco. Ray Rice will be held in check by the Redskins’ run defense, so the Ravens need to be aggressive with Flacco because Torrey Smith, Anquan Boldin, Dennis Pitta and Rice create issues for Washington’s vulnerable back seven coverage. The Ravens have been very good at rebounding from tough losses under John Harbaugh, and they will grind out a victory in their backyard."

Peter King, SI.com: Redskins 23, Ravens 16

"You know what the saddest part of this game is? That Ray Lewis won't be playing in it. Think about it. Ray Lewis is going to go down as a top 20 player of all time. Robert Griffin III is one of the most exciting rookies to enter the NFL -- ever. And Lewis is one week away from a likely return after his torn arm muscle. I just wish we could have seen Lewis chase RGIII once in an NFL game. Not that it'd be a fair fight, but just so we could say: Hey, Ray Lewis played against Robert Griffin III."

Pete Prisco, CBSSports.com:  Redskins 26, Ravens 20

"The Ravens are struggling to score and now must go play a hot team in the Redskins. Washington has done some good things on offense in the past month and the Ravens defense isn't what we've come to expect. Look for the Redskins to inch closer to a potential playoff spot."

Peter Schrager, FoxSports.com: Redskins 31, Ravens 23

"The fine folks of Pikesville, Maryland don’t want to hear this, but the Ravens are in trouble. And they’re not just in trouble in terms of the No. 2 seed in the AFC (which the Patriots currently possess due to the NFL’s three-team tiebreaker rules), and not just the AFC North title, either — but for a playoff berth, at all.

The Ravens are 9-3, but have the Redskins in Washington this weekend, the Broncos in Week 15, the Giants in Week 16, and the Bengals in Cincinnati in Week 17. Are any of those games surefire wins? Baltimore’s been fortunate all season long. Did Week 13’s loss to the Charlie Batch-led Steelers expose the Ravens? We’ll find out rather quickly. RG3 could take this defense to school."

Michael David Smith, Pro Football Talk: Redskins 13, Ravens 10

"The Ravens’ run defense is terrible, and the Redskins’ run offense is excellent. Washington will rush for 200 yards and win a tough, physical game."

 

 

 

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Report: Ravens extend defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale to three-year extension

Report: Ravens extend defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale to three-year extension

According to a report from Ian Rapoport, the Ravens have made another move to keep their defense intact long-term. 

Defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale has reportedly signed a three-year contract extension that will make Martindale the highest paid defensive coordinator in the NFL. But as for the future, the team expects him to be a head coaching candidate after the 2020 season. 

Martindale, 56, has been in Baltimore since 2012 where he started as the team’s linebackers coach. He held that position through 2017 and was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2018. 

In 2018, his first season as coordinator, he led the Ravens defense to a league best 292.9 yards allowed per game and was runner-up for Associated Press Assistant Coach of the Year.

The Ravens lost some significant pieces after 2018 season and were without Terrell Suggs, C.J. Mosley, Eric Weddle and Za’Darius Smith in 2019. After struggling in three of the first four weeks of the season, the revamped defense eventually took shape. 

Baltimore allowed just 15.1 points per game after the Week 4 loss to Cleveland, where it allowed 40 points — their most all season. 

Through the whole season, the Ravens allowed 300.2 yards per game, which ranked fourth in the league. They also ranked third in total points with 17.6 points allowed per game. 

The unit took shape with some key mid-season acquisitions — most notably Marcus Peters, Jihad Ward and Josh Bynes — and lifted the unit to one of the best in the league along with its NFL-best offense.

In a season of new contracts for the Ravens defense, they’ve now extended cornerback Tavon Young, linebacker L.J. Fort, defensive lineman and linebacker Patrick Ricard, Peters and, most recently, safety Chuck Clark in the last year.

Now, the man leading the defense will be in the fold for a few more years, too. 

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Ravens' left guard Bradley Bozeman dominates 72-ounce steak challenge

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Ravens' left guard Bradley Bozeman dominates 72-ounce steak challenge

Baltimore Ravens’ starting left guard Bradley Bozeman showed off one of his many talents earlier this week as he dominated a 72-ounce steak dinner. 

Bozeman accomplished this feat at The Big Texan Steak Ranch while traveling with his wife. The restaurant is famous for this eating challenge, which involves eating over 4 pounds of steak, shrimp cocktail, baked potato, salad topped off with a butter roll in under an hour. 

Although Bozeman is an absolute unit of a person, this was still no small feat. Bozeman strategized during the meal in order to ensure success as he switched from steak sauce to honey. Yet, Bozeman still questioned his ability to successfully finish with just 2 ounces of steak left. He even instructed his wife who was filming in the audience to shut the camera off in fear of getting sick on camera.

“I knew it was going to be tough, but I didn’t think it was going to be that tough,” Bozeman told ESPN. “The last bite was rough.”

Bozeman pushed on and not only finished the steak, but even had a little carrot cake for dessert. His prize? Free dinner, a t-shirt, and most likely a massive stomach ache. 

Despite his claim that this was “the toughest food thing” he’s ever done, Bozeman flashed a big smile holding the prized shirt which read “I ate it all!”

Bozeman is now one of only approximately 10,000 people who have successfully finished the meal, with over 110,000 people having tried. 

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