Steve and Alan will break down the Ravens and Redskins match-ups today as well as provide you with all of the news, notes and audio clips from this past week.
The Ravens play at the Houston Texans today, at Reliant Stadium. Game time is 1 p.m. ET. The Ravens, winners of four in a row, including last Sunday’s dramatic 31-29 victory over the visiting Cowboys, are 5-1. The Texans, also 5-1, lost, 42-24, at home to the Packers Sunday night. Baltimore defeated the Texans, 20-13, in the Divisional Round on 1/15/12. Injured QB Matt Schaub did not play in that game and was replaced by rookie QB T.J. Yates, who completed 17 of 35 for 184 yards. Baltimore took a 17-3 first-quarter lead and held on for the win.
In last Sunday’s triumph over Dallas at M&T Bank Stadium, the Ravens built a 24-13, third-quarter lead and held on to win when Cowboys KDan Bailey missed a 51-yard FG with 2 seconds left in the contest it was the Ravens’ 14th-consecutive win at home – 15th including playoffs. WR/RS Jacoby Jones, a former Texan, tied an NFL record with a 108-yard KOR-TD, the longest in league history. Baltimore won despite allowing the Cowboys to hold the ball for 40:03 minutes and to rush for the most-ever yards against a Ravens’ defense: 227 yards. QB Joe Flacco, who threw a 19-yard TD pass to WR Torrey Smith, completed 17 of 26 for 234 yards and a 106.9 rating.
The Ravens will be without future Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Lewis and their top shutdown cornerback Lardarius Webb, who both sustained season ending injuries last week vs. Dallas. However, Terrell Suggs was activated to the 53-man roster late in the day on Saturday, to make room for T-Sizzle, the Ravens cut Sergio Kindle. Alan will tell you why Suggs must not sniff the Reliant Stadium turf in Houston today.
The Washington Redskins open divisional play in Week 7 as they travel to face the New York Giants on Sunday afternoon. Kickoff from Met Life Stadium is set for 1 p.m. ET. Last season, the Redskins swept the eventual Super Bowl champion Giants for the first time since 1999, earning a 28-14 home win in Week 1 and a 23-10 road win in Week 15.
Last week the Washington Redskins snapped an eight-game home losing streak and improved to 3-3 this season with a 38-26 win against the Minnesota Vikings in front of an announced crowd of 78,476 people at FedEx Field. The win was Head Coach Mike Shanahan’s 168th overall victory as an NFL head coach, which ties him with Pro Football Hall of Famer Bud Grant for 14th all-time. It was Shanahan’s 160th regular season victory as an NFL head coach. Shanahan passed Grant in this category in Week 4.
Quarterback Robert Griffin III completed 17-of-22 passes for 182 yards and a touchdown. He also tied a career high in rushing attempts (13) and set a career high with 138 rushing yards with two rushing touchdowns. Griffin III set a franchise record for single-game rushing yardage by a quarterback, surpassing his own record of 82 rushing yards from Week 2 at St. Louis.
A win this Sunday would give the Redskins their first three-game winning streak against the Giants since winning four straight across the 1998-2000 seasons. The story of the Redskins’ season continues to be the dynamic rookie duo of quarterback Robert Griffin III and running back Alfred Morris. RG3 and Morris are the first set of rookie teammates in NFL history to each have at least five rushing touchdowns in the first six games of a season
Steve will give you his five keys to a Redskins victory and tell us why the Skins have a chance to make it three in a row over the champions.
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