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W2W4: Washington Redskins

8/22/2014

The Washington Redskins (2-0) and Baltimore Ravens (2-0) play their third preseason game at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

  1. Defense. After facing Ryan Mallett in the preseason opener and a dreadful Cleveland offense in the second game, the Redskins’ defense finally gets a challenge in Baltimore’s offense. The Ravens have a legitimate quarterback in Joe Flacco, some dangerous receivers led by Torrey Smith and a potentially strong ground game (Baltimore has averaged 4.9 yards per carry in the first two preseason games). The Redskins' defense has dominated so far, but this game will be a much better test.

  2. Jason Hatcher's debut. The Redskins signed Hatcher to provide an interior pass rush, something they have lacked the past two seasons. He missed the first two preseason games while working his way back after arthroscopic knee surgery in June. Hatcher said he feels quicker than in the past. He'll likely play around 10 to 12 snaps. What sort of football shape is he in? Will he play low? Hatcher is a big key to the season.

  3. Robert Griffin III's progression. This always is something to watch. It’s not just about when he should slide or not slide. It’s also about continuing to improve as a passer. Aside from one pass against Cleveland -- albeit an ugly one -- Griffin was solid. He needs another game like that, without the turnovers. And, yes, everyone will pay attention when Griffin runs. It helps that he’ll play at least a half, giving him more time to work with his new wideouts.