The Ravens are going to be tested on defense at times in this week's game with the Redskins Sunday. Washington's a young team with a rookie quarterback that's finding his way and riding a three-game winning streak.
Here's some things the defense might need to do:
1. Do something to control RG3, both on the ground and in the air: Robert Griffin III sure doesn't look like a rookie quarterback so far this season. He makes big plays with his arm and feet and has the kind of poise rarely seen in a first-year player who's running an offense. Plus, he's very smart and knows how to make that offense run. The biggest thing with Griffin is to limit the big plays. The Ravens have given up too many of those so far this season, and Griffin's a dynamic player who can make things happen.
2. Don't let the Washington offense control the clock: The Redskins did a very good job of that last week against the Giants, a big reason they pulled out the win. They've got Alfred Morris and Griffin and that helps them cause trouble passing and running and control the pace. The Ravens will have to make some stops and not let them drive over and over again.
3. Stop the big plays: The Redskins have the ability to make big plays on the ground and in the air, and if the Ravens are missing Terrell Suggs, which could be the case, it would affect their pass rush and coverage. That's when everyone else is going to have to step up. Defensive coordinator Dean Pees talked this week about the defense sticking to what they're supposed to do when defending the option and not just standing and watching Griffin make plays. That will be very important.