When it comes to the “Battle of the Beltways” in baseball, the Orioles have reigned supreme. They’re 36-24 against the Nationals, and they’re 7-1-3 in season series vs. DC’s team all-time.
On the gridiron, things have been a little closer, as the Ravens have beaten the Redskins three of the five times they’ve met. On the bright side, both times the Ravens have lost to Washington – in the 2000 and 2012 seasons – they went on to win the Super Bowl.
He who laughs last laughs hardest, eh?
Hopefully the Ravens can stiff-arm the Redskins as they attempt to even things up in this non-rivalry rivalry. And if they don’t? Start making those travel plans for Houston in February I suppose.
Let’s take a look at this week’s stats, quotes, and more in the Crab Bag.
KNOW THY ENEMY
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
Browns head coach Hue Jackson on the Ravens’ defense:
“They are right back to being the Ravens of the old times. They are a very good defensive front; they have some good players in the secondary. I remember playing them in the past, and it used to feel like there were 13 guys out there instead of 11. They are playing with that swagger and confidence again, and they are a very good defensive football team.”
OLB Terrell Suggs on bouncing back from the Raiders loss:
“We have to capitalize on our opportunities. There is nothing [fans and media] can say that we don’t already know. But like I said, we are a veteran team, and we’re not going to get down on ourselves. This one sucks, because we fought all the way back and took the lead. Especially this city and this team, we don’t like losing games on defense. But we are going to get better and continue to work. It is just one missed opportunity.”
DT Timmy Jernigan on the loss to Oakland and being a defense that wins games in the clutch:
“[Giving up a late lead] is not the way we want to be remembered. We’ve come too far, and we’re too proud, to have that on our record. It’s a team game, and we need to get back to what worked for us the first three games. There’s a lot of pride in this locker room, and there are good things ahead for this team.”
CB Jimmy Smith on dropping a game to Oakland but still being 3-1 with much of the season ahead:
“Absolutely, we’re 3-1 with an opportunity to win the game at the end [vs. Oakland]. We’re not down on ourselves at all. We know we have the potential to be a really, really good team, and once we start realizing that, we’re going to take off.”
RB Terrance West on playing for the Ravens, his hometown team:
“Throughout my career – high school, college – I’ve always had obstacles I have had to overcome. I was in Cleveland, I went to Tennessee, now I’m with the Baltimore Ravens. I want to make this my last stop.”
GETTING TO KNOW YOU ~ Q&A with Dennis Pitta
Why do you think that you have emerged as such a third-down target?
“As a receiver, third downs are where you make your money. If you can be a guy that is reliable on third down, it goes a long way. That is the most critical down in football in terms of being able to sustain drives and move the ball, so it is definitely a time where I hope to make plays.”
This offseason, you played basketball to help rehab your hip injury. What is it about basketball you like?
“I’ve always liked basketball; it has always been a fun sport to play. I played in high school. I played a lot this offseason because it was the best thing I could do to simulate physical activity. It gave my hip a lot of work against other people, and it was good for me to see how it responded. I also just enjoy sports in general, so it was really good to get some exercise. I also was able to get [former Ravens TE] Todd Heap to come and play with me on the basketball court and schooled him a bunch of times.” (laughter)
What is your favorite country you’ve visited?
“The Dominican Republic is awesome. I went there for my Mormon mission trip when I was younger, and I went back there for my honeymoon. It has great beaches and good weather.”
What is something that the average NFL fan doesn’t realize about the tight end position?
“Most people don’t realize that tight ends have to be one of the best athletes on the team. We have to do it all. We have to block guys that are bigger than us, and we still have to run routes against other guys. We really are asked to do a lot, and that makes playing the tight end position extremely difficult.”
You have a son and twin daughters. How hard is it to balance being a father and playing in the NFL?
“There are definitely a lot of challenges in being an NFL dad. A lot of my teammates get to go home and rest after a long day of practice and workouts. For those of us that are fathers, our day just starts when we get home. I have three kids under three, and they are always running wild when I get home. Being able to sustain the energy is definitely the hardest part.”
One thing fans like is your hair. Does your three-year old son have the same style as you?
“He definitely does. (laughter) We take pride in our hair, and my son has great hair. We are trying to teach him early to style it properly and maximize his potential, physically.” (laughter)
Which teammate is likely to be a future NFL coach?
Who is your favorite tight end of all time?
HEY, YOU LOOK FAMILIAR! ~ Key Connections
Ravens assistant GM Eric DeCosta received his first NFL experience as a training camp intern in the Redskins’ player personnel department.
Ravens president Dick Cass represented the estate of Jack Kent Cooke in the sale of the Redskins to Dan Snyder.
Ravens assistant special teams coach Chris Horton was selected by Washington in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL Draft. Horton played safety for the Redskins from 2008-11, earning NFC Defensive Player of the Week and Month honors during his rookie season.
Redskins quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh was Baltimore’s offensive coordinator from 1999-2004. Cavanaugh was a member of the Ravens’ Super Bowl XXXV Super Bowl Championship team and helped coach a running backs group that recorded a then-franchise record 2,199 yards during the 2000 season.
Ravens ILB Zachary Orr’s father, Terry, played tight end for Washington from 1986-93, seeing action in 105 games and producing 52 catches for 939 receiving yards and 10 TDs.
Ravens assistant O-line coach Todd Washington and Redskins head coach Jay Gruden were both members of the Buccaneers Super Bowl XXXVII Championship team. Washington was a C/G (1998-2002) for Tampa Bay, while Gruden served as an offensive assistant (2002-08).
During the 1996 season, Ravens offensive coordinator Marc Trestman held the same position with the 49ers while Redskins quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh was the QBs coach. Trestman was a senior assistant (2001) and offensive coordinator/QBs coach (2002-03) for Oakland while Redskins offensive line coach Bill Callahan served as the Raiders’ offensive coordinator/offensive line coach (1999-2001) and head coach (2002-03).
LAUGH OF THE WEEK AT EXPENSE OF RAVENS’ OPPONENT