Sneak Peek at Preseason Game 4

Street Talk Sneak Peek at Preseason Game 4

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Ravens vs. Redskins Preseason Game 4 Betting Preview

Baltimore gets set for  Preseason Game 4 as an undefeated team while the Redskins stand at 1-2.  Dwayne Haskins gets the start at quarterback for Washington, having secured the backup job and primed for an eventual takeover.  

Former Big 10 rival(?) Trace McSorley will start at QB for the Ravens.  McSorley is no lock for the 53-man roster and needs an “A” game to become a backup for Lamar Jackson.

Notable Trends:

  • Baltimore has scored at least 26 points in each preseason game this year
  • Washington has scored less than 14 points in each preseason game this year
  • Baltimore has won 15 consecutive preseason games

Total Points: 33.5 (OVER)

  • With favorable weather (clear skies, low wind), both teams can play fast and aggressively.  As a backup-oriented game, I expect missed tackles from both defenses resulting in big plays.  I predict a longer outing from both QBs to not only showcase their skillset, but also to build chemistry with their WRs.  (Editor’s Note: This even applies to Jehu Chesson who…went to Michigan.) Both teams will rely on the running game in the red zone for make-or-break roster opportunities (Dixon, Perine). 

Spread: Bal -6  

  • Haskins plays to his potential when given ample time and space in the pocket.  The Ravens need to figure out the situational pass rush rotation and nickel corner spot.  Considering this, Baltimore will increase player exposure and use different looks to get after the QB.  The Ravens will win the turnover battle and control the game late into the 4th quarter.  

**Draft Watch**

Jabari Zuniga – EDGE, Florida

Zuniga is officially listed as a defensive lineman but tends to play as an outside pass rusher.  Last season, he made all 13 starts and finished with 11 tackles-for-loss. In this season’s opener against Miami, he recorded 6 tackles with 1.5 sacks.  While Hurricanes’ offensive line is relatively inexperienced, Zuniga was a force upfront, converting speed to power and making plays in the backfield.

Photo Credit: FloridaGators.com

To address the pass rush this offseason, the Ravens signed Pernell McPhee and drafted Jaylon Ferguson.  In terms of depth, Zach Sieler has been quiet while Pat Ricard established himself as a solid backup. Shane Ray is likely out and Tim Williams has 2 more years to prove himself.  Adding Zuniga would give the Ravens flexibility on the defensive front and allow continued development for Williams and Ferguson.  

Draft Projection: Round 2

 

Submitted by Guest Blogger Ed Lupp (@vengnce)

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