The Baltimore Ravens' Week 3 matchup against the Denver Broncos could have more repercussions than you think. As Case Keenum and Von Miller roll into town, a win will be vital before the team hits the road for three weeks.
Joe Flacco and his three new receivers have been connecting on all levels, but now it's time to allow the backs to hit the ground running (pun intended). Alex Collins and Co. are averaging just 3.3 yards-per-carry, something John Harbaugh is not happy about.
"That’s a big priority," Harbaugh said Monday on getting the running game going. "We’re not, in any way, pleased with the numbers. And, we are very determined to run the ball well, because we think it fits our offense, and it’s something that opens everything else up. So, we have to get that going.”
The Ravens' receivers will need to take advantage of a weak Broncos secondary. Raiders' Derek Carr completed 29 of 32 in Week 2 thanks to the Broncos' CBs. That doesn't mean their defense is lacking entirely. There's of course outside linebacker Miller, who already has four sacks on the season, and strong safety Darian Stewart who will be the Ravens' offense' main target.
"He’s the straw that stirs the drink, no doubt – one of the very best in the league at what he does," Harbaugh said. "We will have to have him accounted for at all times, on every play. If we don’t do that, he’ll wreck the game. That’s job [No.] 1 on offense – that’s where it starts.”
On the defensive side of the ball, the Ravens could be without Pro Bowl middle linebacker C.J. Mosley after suffering a bone bruise in Week 2. He did participate in Thursday's practice, but there has been no word on his availability for Sunday's matchup.
Mosley's absence was felt immediately against the Bengals, but the defense has had plenty of time to plan accordingly. A veteran presence was brought back to fill the void in Albert McCllelan as the team will have to keep a close eye on the Broncos' dynamic running back duo in undrafted rookie Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman.
Lindsay in currently third in the NFL in rushing yards (178) and has 35 receiving yards for one touchdown. His 100-plus yards in two games makes the 24-year-old the first undraftetd rookie to ever reach that achievement. Over two games, Freeman has rushed 23 times for 99 yards and one touchdown.
Against the Ravens, quarterback Case Keenum has a 62.2 career rating in three starts with the Vikings, Texans and Rams. He still has a 2-1 record, however, against Baltimore. In his last six road starts, he's put up 13 touchdowns, five interceptions and a 100.8 rating.
Defensive tackle Willie Henry (abdomen), tight end Hayden Hurst (foot) and defensive tackle Michael Pierce (foot) did not participate in Thursday's practice. Linebacker Matthew Judon (hamstring), Mosley (knee) and tackle Ronnie Stanley (elbow) were limited.
Cornerback Adam Jones (thigh), inside linebacker Brandon Marshall (knee), nose tackle Domata Peko Sr. (not injury related) and tackle Jared Veldheer (concussion) did not practice Thursday for the Broncos. Safety Dymonte Thomas (abdomen) was limited.
The two have met 13 times – including two postseason games – with the Ravens leading the series 7-6. Ahead of Sunday's matchup, here's everything you need to know to watch.
RAVENS VS. BRONCOS WEEK 3 HOW TO WATCH:
Who: Baltimore Ravens vs. Denver Broncos
What: Week 3 regular season
When: Sunday, Sept. 22, 2018, 1:00 p.m. ET
Where: M&T Bank Stadium
TV Channel: CBS
Live Stream: Watch Now with FuboTV - Try Free Trial
Radio: WBAL New Radio 1090 and 98Rock
Weather: 67 degrees, cloudy
RAVENS 2018 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE:
Week 1: Sun., 9/9 vs. Bills, 1:00 p.m. (W: 47-3)
Week 2: Thur., 9/13 @ Bengals, 8:20 p.m. (L: 34-23)
Week 3: Sun., 9/23 vs. Broncos. 1:00 p.m.
Week 4: Sun., 9/30 @ Steelers, 8:20 p.m.
Week 5: Sun., 10/7 @ Browns, 1:00 p.m.
Week 6: Sun., 10/14 @ Titans, 4:25 p.m.
Week 7: Sun., 10/21 vs. Saints, 4:05 p.m.
Week 8: Sun., 10/28 @ Panthers, 1:00 p.m.
Week 9: Sun., 11/4 vs. Steelers, 1:00 p.m.
Week 10: BYE week
Week 11: Sun., 11/18 vs. Bengals, 1:00 p.m.
Week 12: Sun., 11/25 vs. Raiders, 1:00 p.m.
Week 13: Sun., 12/2 @ Falcons, 1:00 p.m.
Week 14: Sun., 12/9 @ Chiefs, 1:00 p.m.
Week 15: Sun., 12/16 vs. Buccaneers, 1:00 p.m.
Week 16: Sat., 12/22 or Sunday 12/23 @ Chargers, TBD
Week 17: Sun., 12/30 vs. Browns, 1:00 p.m.
After an abysmal home opener loss to the Indianapolis Colts, the Washington Redskins look to bounce back in Week 3 as they host the Green Bay Packers (1-0-1) Sunday at FedExField.
The two teams last met in November of 2016 as Washington walked away victorious, 42-24.
Rob Kelley rushed for 137 of the team's 515 total yards, including three touchdowns.
On the other side of the football, Redskins safety D.J. Swearinger is contributing to a defense which ranks first in yards per game (247.0) while only allowing an average of 161.0 passing yards per game.
In Sunday's loss to the Colts, Swearinger snagged two of Andrew Luck's passes for interceptions and is now two shy of tying a season high.
Washington is 15-20-1 all-time against Green Bay.
REDSKINS vs. PACKERS WEEK 3
Who: Washington Redskins vs. Green Bay Packers
What: Week 3 of the 2018 NFL regular season
When: Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, 1:00 p.m. ET
Where: FedExField, Landover, Maryland
TV Channel: FOX
Live Stream: "Watch Now with fuboTV - Try free trial"
Radio: Redskins Radio Network
Point Spread: Green Bay, -3
Weather: 69 degrees, scattered showers
REDSKINS vs. TV SCHEDULE:
8:30 AM: Redskins Nation
9:00 AM: Redskins 100
9:30 AM: Pro Football Weekly
10:00 AM: Inside the Redskins
10:30 AM: Redskins Kickoff Preview
11:00 AM: Redskins Coach's Show
12:00 PM: Redskins Kickoff Live
4:00 PM: Redskins Postgame Live
5:00 PM: Redskins Overtime Live
REDSKINS 2018 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE
Week 4: BYE
Week 5: Mon., 10/8, @ New Orleans Saints, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)
Week 6: Sun., 10/14, vs. Carolina Panthers, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)
Week 7: Sun., 10/21, vs. Dallas Cowboys, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
Week 8: Sun. 10/28, @ New York Giants, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)
Week 9: Sun., 11/4, vs. Atlanta Falcons, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)
Week 10: Sun. 11/11, @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)
Week 11: Sun., 11/18, vs. Houston Texans, 1:00 p.m. (CBS)
Week 12: Thu., 11/22, @ Dallas Cowboys, 4:30 p.m. (FOX)
Week 13: Mon., 12/3, @ Philadelphia Eagles, 8:15 (ESPN)
Week 14: Sun., 12/9, vs. New York Giants, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)
Week 15: Sun., 12/16, @ Jacksonville Jaguars, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)
Week 16: Sun., 12/23, @ Tennessee Titans, 1:00 p.m. (CBS)
Week 17: Sun., 12/30, vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)
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