Everything You Need to Know: Ravens vs. Redskins

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Basics

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m., FedEx Field, Landover, Md.

TV: WBAL-TV Channel 11 (Baltimore), Ravens crew (Gerry Sandusky, Brian Billick, Evan Washburn); Radio WBAL (1090 AM) & 98Rock (97.9 FM)

Jersey color: White

Stakes

Baltimore can complete its fourth straight perfect preseason with a victory. This is also a huge game for players on the bubble. The deadline to trim the 90-man roster to 53 players is Saturday at 4 p.m. ET.

History

The Ravens defeated the Redskins, 30-20, last preseason at M&T Bank Stadium. Lamar Jackson completed nine of 15 passes for 109 yards and ran for a touchdown, while De’Lance Turner had 10 carries for 53 yards and Mark Andrews had three catches for 61 yards. Baltimore holds an 8-3 all-time lead in the preseason series.

Key Storylines

Which bubble players will rise to the occasion?

This could be a make-or-break game for players like RB/RS Tyler Ervin, quarterback Trace McSorley and safety Brynden Trawick, who seem on the cusp of making the roster or just missing it. The Ravens have more NFL-worthy players than available roster spots. Defensive end Chris Wormley offered advice to players in limbo.

“Just go out there and do your job,” Wormley said. “That’s what the coaches are looking for, especially in this fourth preseason game. They want to see you perform at your best. Go out there and make some plays, and if the Ravens aren’t going to keep you, then put tape out there that 31 other teams are going to want to say, ‘Hey, let’s take this guy and take a chance on him.’”

Will this game help the Ravens find their starting left guard?

The Ravens traded Jermaine Eluemunor to the New England Patriots for an undisclosed draft pick Wednesday, pending the outcome of a physical. That eliminated one candidate to be the Week 1 starting left guard. However, Head Coach John Harbaugh said Tuesday that the competition remained open. Will James Hurst, Ben Powers, Patrick Mekari or Bradley Bozeman get the start Thursday night? And once the game begins, which left guard will perform the best? 

Can the Ravens complete another perfect preseason?

Baltimore hasn’t lost a preseason game since 2015. That’s an impressive streak. It doesn’t guarantee regular-season success, but the Ravens want to end the preseason on a positive note.

Other Players to Watch

WR Michael Floyd

He’s coming off a standout performance in Philadelphia (three catches, 54 yards, one touchdown) but he’s facing an uphill battle to make the roster.

OLB Shane Ray

With ½ sack and just one tackle this preseason, Ray could be running out of time to make something happen.

ILB Otaro Alaka

Inside linebacker could be the Ravens’ thinnest position, and perhaps the undrafted rookie can convince the coaches he’s too valuable to cut.

WR Jaleel Scott

He was targeted more than any other Ravens receiver last week, and he can also play special teams. Scott has raised his game to another level after spending his rookie season on injured reserve. Ending the preseason on a strong note could solidify a roster spot if he hasn’t done so already.

CB Maurice Canady

Cornerback could be the Ravens’ deepest position, and it would behoove Canady to make a few plays if given the opportunity.

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