Three straight wins against division foes will get any team the moniker of hottest in the NFL, as the Washington Redskins face the Baltimore Ravens Sunday afternoon at FedEx Field.
Washington is now 6-6 and in contention for the NFC East crown after beating the New York Giants 17-16 last week. Running back Alfred Morris gained 124 yards, and the Redskins forced New York to punt both of their fourth quarter possessions.
Quarterback Robert Griffin III hit receiver Pierre Garcon for an eight-yard touchdown with 11:31 left in the fourth and Washington never looked back. Griffin went 13-for-21 for 163 yards, and also rushed for 72 yards. Garcon finished with eight receptions for 106 yards.
The win moved the Redskins to one game back of the Giants for the division lead, and Washington now has two games left against opponents with .500 or better records.
The Baltimore Ravens are leading the AFC North, but can clinch a playoff spot despite last week’s 23-20 letdown to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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Quarterback Joe Flacco’s two turnovers proved costly, especially his fourth quarter fumble that led to a touchdown drive for Pittsburgh. Flacco went 16-for-34 for 188 yards with one touchdown and one pick, and running back Ray Rice gained 78 yards and a score on 12 carries.
The Ravens defense did for three Steelers turnovers, but Baltimore couldn’t capitalize, going 3-for-11 on third down.
Baltimore may get a boost in the coming weeks, as linebacker Ray Lewis reportedly will return from a torn triceps injury from earlier this season.
The game begins at 1 p.m. EDT and will be shown by CBS, or watch a live stream online by purchasing NFL Sunday Ticket Max.
Betting Odds: Washington is favored by 3 points
Over/Under: 47.5 points
Prediction: This could be the game of the week. Griffin should put on a show, and Flacco will try to redeem himself from last week’s poor performance. Look for Washington win their fourth straight, with Morris coming up big.
Predicted Score: Washington 31, Baltimore 20