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Madden predicts Ravens vs. Redskins, week 5

Washington Redskins v Baltimore Ravens

After a narrow victory over the Oakland Raiders, the Baltimore Ravens are 3-1 heading into its week five matchup with the Washington Redskins.

Ravens kicker Justin Tucker kicks it away to Redskins returner Rashad Ross who kneels it down for the touchback and the game gets underway.

Both teams exchanged a few punts before the Ravens finally marched down the field to the six yard line of Washington, where Tucker would kick a short field goal to give the Ravens its first lead.

BAL- 3, WAS- 0

The Redskins would respond with a nice drive of its own, but after getting down into the Ravens’ red zone, Redskins kicker Dustin Hopkins shanked a short field goal to keep the Redskins off of the scoreboard heading into the second quarter.

The Ravens offense wouldn't get anything going after the missed field goal opportunity by the Redskins and would punt it away back to quarterback Kirk Cousins and the Redskins.

Unfortunately for the Redskins, Cousins can’t get anything going either, throwing an interception to Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb inside Redskins territory.

After a 22-yard pass completion completion to wide receiver Kamar Aiken, the Ravens pound the rock into the end zone with Justin Forsett to add to its lead.

BAL- 10, WAS- 0

The Redskins really need to get something going on the road, but Webb again has other plans for them. He recovers a fumble after just one snap from the Redskins to give the Ravens the ball at the Redskins 21-yard line.

After a few nice runs by Forsett to pick up a first down, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco hits receiver Mike Wallace for a 17-yard touchdown to give the Ravens an even bigger lead with five minutes to go in the first half.

BAL- 17, WAS- 0

This game is quickly getting out of hand and the disaster for Cousins continues, as he throws a pick to Ravens cornerback Shareece Wright who adds 16 yards onto the return. After a sack and an incompletion, the Ravens settle for a short field goal to add onto its lead.

BAL- 20, WAS- 0

The Redskins desperately need a drive out of Cousins, and this time he answers the bell. A heavy dosage of running back Matt Jones gets the Skins down to the Ravens 16-yard line, where Cousins hits tight end Jordan Reed for a touchdown.

BAL- 20, WAS- 7

With a little over a two minutes to go in the first half, the Ravens hope to put a few more points on the board before heading into the locker room. What looked like a promising drive for the Ravens is cut short when Flacco is picked off by Redskins’ Bashaud Breeland.

Now set up just inside Ravens territory, the Redskins look like a threat to cut into the big lead. But a sack on Cousins keeps the Skins from getting anything going and Skins punter Tress Way punts it back to the Ravens for a touchback.

There are 54 seconds left in the half, so nobody would blame Ravens head coach John Harbaugh for sitting on the ball and heading into the locker room here. Instead, he channels his old pal Riverboat Ron and decides to go for a score.

Several long completions to Aiken and tight end Benjamin Watson gets the Ravens down to the three-yard line, where Flacco takes it in himself with nine seconds left in the first half.

BAL- 27, WAS- 7

Getting the ball heading into the second half, it wouldn't have shocked anyone if the Ravens began to coast. Again, the Ravens surprise the crowd with a long drive.

Several nice runs by Forsett and some long completions to Watson set the Ravens up at the 18-yard line of Washington, where Flacco hits wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. for a touchdown.

BAL- 34, WAS- 7

This one looks to be out of reach now for the Skins, but on the next drive, the Redskins offense is able to chip away at the lead a bit. Several hand offs to running back Matt Jones gets the Redskins into scoring territory, where Hopkins hits a 43-yard field goal.

BAL- 34, WAS- 10

The Ravens get the ball back and a few broken plays lead to short rushes by Flacco that gets the Ravens offense nowhere. The Ravens punt it back to Washington and again the Redskins can't get anything going.

Both teams exchange several stalled drives until about five minutes to go in the game, when Tucker misses a 56-yard field goal.

The Redskins are set up to make the score a bit more respectable, but when facing a fourth and 16, a 14-yard completion to Reed isn't enough to keep the drive alive.

The Ravens all but salt the game away with a long drive that features running back Kenneth Dixon heavily. For some reason, the Ravens offense decides to throw it with a half a minute to go in the game, and Breeland gets the better of Flacco again. He adds thirteen yards to his interception return, setting up the Redskins for a meaningless final drive.

Nothing of note happens when the Redskins have the ball for the final time and the Ravens win improving to 4-1 on the season.

FINAL: BAL- 34, WAS- 10

Notable Ravens stats:

Joe Flacco did well to manage the game, completing 57 percent of his passes for 215 yards and two touchdowns. He also had two interceptions.

Justin Forsett had 69 yards in 20 carries and a touchdown, while Dixon and Buck Allen each rushed for almost 50 yards.

Kamar Aiken led the team in yards through the air, with two catches for 56 yards, while Steve Smith Sr. and Mike Wallace each caught a touchdown.

Kamalei Correa and Jerruad Powers each had a sack, while Terrell Suggs and Carl Davis split one. Lardarius Webb had an interception and forced a fumble that he recovered. Shareece Wright also had an interception.