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Baltimore Ravens vs. Washington Redskins: Open Thread

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The drawn-out preseason finalizes tonight as the Baltimore Ravens head to FedEx field to take on the Washington Redskins. The Ravens hope to extend their 16-game preseason wins streak into 2020.

The fourth preseason contest is arguably the least exciting but I’d argue the opposite. No, it doesn’t have the flair of watching QB Lamar Jackson’s progress or witnessing FS Earl Thomas III sporting Charm City’s colors; rather, the fourth preseason game produces the hopes and dreams of NFL hopeful’s desperately grinding for a job. Maybe I’m romanticizing a bit, as I often do with my writing, but I’d argue I’m not overly exaggerating. There are 37 Ravens who will step into John Harbaugh’s office by Saturday and hear their leader let them go.

This is their fear. Some may translate that panic or concern into furrowed-brow focus on the gridiron, just as DT Michael Pierce did in 2016, in which he blew the doors off the New Orleans Saints offensive line for a strip-sack fumble recovery touchdown, securing a job with the Ravens and is now looking at a hefty payday following the 2019 season and his second-round tender worth $3.095 million.

The big headline for tonight will be QB Trace McSorley and QB Dwayne Haskins Jr. both taking the field this evening in a Penn State vs. Ohio State rematch. I recommend checking out the highlights from last seasons’ affair.

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