Hey, let’s play Predictions! Last week’s winner is Beer, who accurately predicted Redskins-Giants. A reminder on how it works, for the uninitiated:
Our Redskins-loving “staff” makes predictions in the post, readers make predictions in the comments, and the commenter who comes closest to predicting the final score gets to make a guest post. Hip-hip!
Chris Mottram: Redskins, 23-20
This game is a complete toss-up to me, but I’m picking the Skins for a couple reasons. 1) Despite having weapons at wideout, the Ravens passing game is not all that imposing. 2) The game is at home, and the crowd was amazing last week. I’d expect the same on Sunday. We’re gonna need Kai to stay perfect; I see some very important kicks from him in this game.
Matt Terl: Ravens, 21-20
Tuesday morning, I was pretty sure the Redskins would win this one in a blowout. But my Redskins Fan Pessimism has had almost 20 years of near-constant nurturing and reinforcement. It is difficult to ignore.
JP Finlay: Redskins, 27-21
I want to go with Terl, but I’m not going to. I just don’t think the Ravens are that good. Lewis is definitely out, not eligible to return from PUP until next week, and Flacco struggles on the road.
I think there is real momentum in DC, personified by the Griffin-to-Morgan fumble TD. As sure as I am that there will be countless fights in the parking lots between drunk Ravens and Skins fans, I am confident the Skins can score on the Ravens D. It will be close, but not like the Giants game.
Andy Peden: Redskins, 27-23
Ravens are middle-of-the-road against the run this year plus Suggs and Lewis are likely out. Flacco is a slightly above-average QB but they don’t seem too aggressive in their play calling. If they don’t light up our secondary, it’s their fault for not going after us through the air. RGIII has a long TD run.
Todd Davis: Redskins, 31-23
Tempted to keep picking against them and continue to be happily wrong, but honestly starting to believe, especially in this soul-crushing running game.
Jack Kogod: Redskins, 31-24
RGIII guides the team down the field for the winning touchdown with under two minutes to play. The town loses its collective mind.
Me: Redskins, 27-17
Baltimore’s defense isn’t 100 percent, and their offense is below-average on the road, plus FedEx should be off-the-charts.
Composite prediction: Redskins, 27-21
(Hideous Redskins-Ravens fans image taken with love from the Bog.)