The Baltimore Ravens haven't lost back-to-back games since 2009. What's more, they haven't lost back-to-back home games since '07. So the Washington Redskins will have their work cut out for them in the Battle of the Beltway Sunday in Landover.
Here's our final preview of Sunday's game, along with a prediction...
What Washington must do to win, offensive edition
Run like crazy to take advantage of a Ravens defense that is in bad shape up front and has given up some huge gains on the ground this season. Take chances, but pick your spots.
What Washington must do to win, defensive edition
Get after Joe Flacco up front with more dynamic blitzes and give a decimated defensive backfield as much help as possible against a quality receiving corps. In other words, pray that Ray Rice doesn't destroy you.
How Washington can lose
If Ray Rice destroys them. Oh, and if the depleted secondary gets crushed.
Five most important non-quarterbacks: Alfred Morris, Josh Wilson, DeAngelo Hall, Madieu Williams, DeJon Gomes
Robert Griffin's right-hand man in the offensive backfield has to have another big game against a defense that won't have Ray Lewis and might not have Terrell Suggs. And then all four starters in the defensive backfield have to have solid games, especially with Cedric Griffin beginning his suspension Sunday.
Injury analysis, Redskins edition
Griffin's suspended and Hall is nursing an ankle injury, which could cost them this game if Richard Crawford and D.J. Johnson can't step up. Trent Williams and London Fletcher should play, but neither is close to 100 percent.
Injury analysis, Ravens edition
Suggs is a game-time decision with a torn biceps for a defense that is already without Lardarius Webb and Ray Lewis. The rest of the team is pretty healthy, but the defense hasn't been quite the same this year. The 'Skins will have their chances.
B/R NFC East Blog prediction
I think Washington stands a very good chance, especially at home and with more momentum. Plus both teams are banged up. That said, I can't see Baltimore loses back-to-back games for the first time in three years.
Ravens 21, Redskins 20
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