There has been a feeling of invincibility over the past three weeks with the Washington Redskins. Everyone seems to be optimistic about the Redskins' chances of winning this week, and the Redskins Featured Columnists here at B/R are no exception.
I was still on the fence with the outcome of the upcoming contest with the Ravens, so I sought out some guidance from my colleagues to see if they thought the Redskins would come out on the winning end in Week 14.
Even I was a little surprised by the results:
James Dudko: Redskins - 23, Ravens - 20
I think the Redskins defensive line can pressure the middle against Flacco.
I also don’t trust the Ravens to feature Ray Rice enough to win.
Redskins - 1, Ravens - 0
Shae Cronin: Redskins - 28, Ravens - 24
The Ravens’ streak of 15 consecutive wins following a loss is impressive, but one has to believe that it’ll be much more difficult without Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs to help stop the Redskins’ potent rushing attack and apply pressure to Robert Griffin III.
As much as we’d like to rattle a quarterback like Joe Flacco, who seemingly shuts down under duress, I wouldn’t expect the Redskins to miraculously accumulate sacks.
Ravens OC Cam Cameron will stick to his bonehead ways, the Redskins will contain Baltimore’s rushing attack, and the Washington secondary won’t be nearly as susceptible to the Ravens’ pass attack as most Baltimore fans anticipate.
In the meantime, RG3 continues an incredible performance streak since the bye week and takes advantage of a Ravens defense that is nowhere near what it used to be.
Redskins - 2, Ravens - 0
Matthew Brown: Redskins - 24, Ravens - 17
I see the Redskins coming away with a victory.
The Ravens defense is falling apart at the worst time of the season. With Ray Lewis limited and Terrell Suggs out, Alfred Morris could gash the Ravens on the ground, opening things up for RG3 and Pierre Garcon down the field.
Ray Rice will get touches, but the Redskins defense will keep him in check, stifling the Ravens offense in a surprising show of strength.
Redskins - 3, Ravens - 0
Joe Versage: Redskins - 23, Ravens - 17
I seriously think that the Ravens are about to go into a tailspin! Prior to last week’s loss to Pittsburgh, they had won four straight, but they have now lost Terrell Suggs, and if Ray Lewis comes back, he won’t be 100 percent.
Couple that with the fact that they’re hurting at corner without LaDarius Webb and Jimmy Smith, and you have the recipe for a free fall.
On Friday, I published the 10 keys to a Washington victory, but I think the most important one is winning the time of possession battle.
The Steelers accomplished that last week in Baltimore (34:21 to 25:39), and it limited touches for Joe Flacco, Ray Rice and the rest of the Ravens’ rhythm offense.
Redskins - 4, Ravens - 0
Korey Beckett: Redskins - 20, Ravens - 17
As much as I try to imagine the Redskins losing, I just can't.
They are too hot right now and way too focused on this game for a letdown. I would be less surprised if the Redskins lost to the Browns. Not to say that the Browns are a better team (before Ravens fans tear me in half), but the Cleveland game feels like a trap game.
The biggest strength for the Ravens is the rushing game, but that's the only part of the defense that the Redskins have excelled in.
With the injuries that the Ravens have on defense, I just don't think this is the week where the Redskins falter.
Redskins - 5, Ravens - 0
Well, there you have it. We all have blind faith in the team that we follow. A special thanks to James, Shae, Matthew and Joe for helping me out this week. Make sure to fan each one of them for their hard work, and if you have spare time, follow me on Facebook here. Have a good day, 'Skins fans!