Match-up with Redskins is a big one

Match-up with Redskins is a big one
December 8, 2012, 8:45 pm
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The final part of the Ravens' schedule begins Sunday against the Redskins, a game that could wind up being important for many reasons. 

Simply put, this is the game that could be the easiest of the final four to win -- and that's not good. The Ravens then host the very hot Broncos followed by the defending Super Bowl champion Giants and end the season on the road in Cincinnati against a Bengals team that's going to be fired up.

And beating the Redskins won't be easy. They're coming into this game on a roll, having won three straight with rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III truly looking like he's going to be something special. The Redskins looked like they weren't playing well early, but they've pulled back to 6-6 and fighting for a playoff spot. 

However, Washington's been inconsistent at times throughout the season. The Ravens need to hope their defense can slow Griffin and the option offense that's given opponents so much trouble. A big question is going to be whether or not Terrell Suggs will be available to the Ravens. If they can figure out that option and slow down Griffin, a win should be within their grasp.

It just doesn't get any easier from here. The Ravens next face the Manning brothers at quarterback, followed by Andy Dalton in Cincinnati, one of the game's top young quarterbacks. 

Fans already are panicking -- as they often do -- a little too quickly, thinking the Ravens could lose all four in a row. That could happen. They also could win four in a row. Or they could split four games. 

The bottom line is a win here would remove a lot of pressure in ways from the final three weeks. It won't be an easy task, but a win in this game would be a turning point.