Five bold predictions for Washington Football Team vs. Ravens in Week 4
4. Washington totals fewer than 40 yards on the ground
The Ravens have a good run defense and rank ninth-best in the league in rushing yards allowed at a mark of 107. That said, that number is a bit inflated.
The Ravens have played two teams with excellent run games. In Week 1, they the Browns, a team with who they blew out and played soft against late and allowed some rushing yards. In Week 3, they went up against the Chiefs, one of the league’s best overall offenses in a game where they held Clyde Edwards-Helaire to 64 rushing yards on 20 carries but still surrendered over 130 yards on the ground because of Kansas City’s plethora of weapons.
Washington doesn’t have what either the Browns or the Ravens have. They do have a potentially bright future at running back in Antonio Gibson, but he’s still developing and the team is trying not to overwork the converted receiver after he handled just 33 carries during his college days.
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Aside from Gibson, Washington has J.D. McKissic, an explosive change-of-pace back, Peyton Barber, a plodder and short-yardage specialist, and Bryce Love, a player who is still working his way back from a torn ACL suffered in college. None figure to do particularly well against the Ravens, though McKissic could have a nice burst at some point in the game.
Overall though, it’s hard to imaging Washington getting much push on a defensive front that features Brandon Williams, Calais Campbell, and Derek Wolfe. They’re such good run defenders and Washington’s blocking outside of Chase Roullier and Morgan Moses has been suspect.
As a result, Washington should struggle to run the ball and the Ravens will allow a season-low in rushing yards with a mark below 40.