Washington Redskins (8-7-1) at Baltimore Ravens (8-8)
|Date & Time||Thursday August 10, 2017, 7:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Baltimore Ravens -1 -- Over/Under: 38
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The Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens meet up in Maryland as both teams kick off their NFL preseason action.
The Redskins begin their preseason schedule on the road as they kick off another quest to reclaim top spot in the NFC East, but with movement happening among the other three teams in their division it’ll be a tough task for them to get back into the playoffs. The Skins continue to leave quarterback Kirk Cousins in limbo as he is playing another season with the franchise tag and with a strong effort he could very well earn his pay day, whether it be in DC or otherwise. Washington will look to neutralize a Ravens side that has had a tough offseason as they will begin the preseason and likely the regular season without Joe Flacco and while this is just a preseason encounter the quarterback play early on could prove to be the difference in a close contest.
The Ravens meanwhile return the bulk of their defense that was their bread and butter against last season but that doesn’t mean they are underwhelming on the offensive side of things despite the fact that Flacco is on the shelf. Baltimore faces an uphill climb as well this season as they have the juggernaut Steelers to contend with and a Bengals team that always seems to be in the mix but their play outside of the division could be the difference between a return to the playoffs or not for John Harbaugh and company. Baltimore heads into this one as a slight favourite of a single point but that could very well change as we approach kick off and more starters and non-active participants are released.
The Redskins are 9-2 in their last 11 road games ATS and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 overall while the Ravens are 8-17-1 ATS in their last 26 games on turf and have played to the OVER in four of their last five. This should be a close battle but with more to figure out thanks to major changes in the offseason and the short handed nature of the Ravens roster I am leaning towards the Skins in this one.