Baltimore Ravens vs Washington Football Team Prediction, Odds and Preview - 08/28/2021

by Amedeus Mastrangelo

Game Time: 6:00 pm ET, Saturday, August 28, 2021
Venue:  FedExField, Greater Landover, MD
Where to Watch:  NFL Network


Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Spread: Ravens -4, Football Team +4; Over/Under:  32.5 points
Bet365:  Spread: Ravens -4, Football Team +4; Over/Under:  31.5 points
BetMGM:  Spread: Ravens -4, Football Team +4; Over/Under:  32.5 points

Preseason Record

Baltimore Ravens:  2-0 (AFC North)
Washington Football Team:  1-1 (NFC East)
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Baltimore Ravens vs Washington Football Team Preview and Analysis

Recent Form
Baltimore Ravens:  won last 2.
Washington Football Team:  won last game.

Ravens vs Football Team Prediction

The Baltimore Ravens are meeting with the Washington Football Team in Maryland for one last NFL preseason schedule matchup before the real NFL schedule starts up. The Baltimore Ravens come into this game with an overall record of 2-0 in this preseason. They won their first game 17-14 against the New Orleans Saints and their second game 20-3 over the Carolina Panthers. They are going up against a Washington Football Team side that is coming into this game at 1-1. WFT lost their first preseason game 22-13 to the New England Patriots but they won their second game 17-13 over the Cincinnati Bengals. Both teams should have more of their starters hit the field in this one as they get prepared for NFL week 1 which is just around the corner.
The Baltimore Ravens come into this game off of a 20-3 smothering of the Carolina Panthers. Tyler Huntley was the only quarterback to play for the Ravens in that game and he went 24/34 for 187 yards passing, 0 touchdowns and 1 interception. They had a pretty good running game in that one with Nate McCrary and Ty'Son Williams getting a majority of the work in that one. Both of them had 10+ carries for over 45 rushing yards each. The ball was spread around quite a bit as no 1 receiver had a massive game. Josh Oliver did have 50 yards receiving on 7 catches but, only 1 receiver averaged more than 10 yards per catch meaning the Ravens' offense consisted more of shorter throwing plays. With this being the last preseason game before the NFL season starts, more starters should play in this game, including quarterback Lamar Jackson. He will want to get some playing time in and he will definitely give this offense a boost with his electric play, even if he is in the game for just a short amount of time.
WFT are coming into this game off of their first preseason win over the Bengals 17-13. Washington had a few quarterbacks play in that game but none of them really stood out in the end. Taylor Heinicke went 11/13 for 80 yards passing with 0 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. Ryan Fitzpatrick also played going 7/13 for 96 yards with 0 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. The only player that scored a touchdown for them in that game was running back Jaret Patterson, and he had a great game. Patterson rushed for 71 yards on 16 carries leading his team to victory. None of their wide receivers really had a breakout game but, the ball was also spread around quite a bit. There were 4 receivers with over 25 receiving yards and 4 different receivers averaged over 10 yards per catch. WFT tends to try to push the ball down the field a little bit more than get by with the shorter passing plays. There should be more starters playing in this game for the WFT and although they do have some good pieces on their roster, the Ravens talent just outweighs them overall.
The Ravens have a lot more talent in their starters and more depth on their bench than Washington does. The Ravens are currently carrying over a 19 game win streak in the preseason over the last few seasons. This is a team that plays every game like it is the super bowl even if that game does not matter much. They will win and cover this spread as they are just too powerful for the Football Team to handle, especially with a much stronger lineup starting as they get ready for the regular season.
Ravens Football Team Prediction:  Our NFL Pick for Saturday, August 28, 2021 (6:00pm ET start time) is Ravens 24 WFT 14.
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NFL Betting Trends

Baltimore Ravens: 19-0 streak on the moneyline when playing in the preseason.
Washington Football Team: 26-8 on the moneyline after a win by 6 or less points.

Key Injuries

Baltimore Ravens:  L.J. Fort (LB) Injured Reserve with ACL injury.
Washington Football Team:  Montez Sweat (LB) Questionable for the start of training camp with an illness.

Players to Watch

Baltimore Ravens: Lamar Jackson is one player to watch in this matchup. He has yet to see any playing time this preseason but he will surely play some snaps in this game as he gets ready for September. His eyes have to be on taking the American Football Conference (AFC) for themselves this season as they have looked really good the last few years and could really be the ones to challenge the Kansas City Chiefs for that title. He is an electric player and makes everyone around him better when he is on the field so look for him to make an impact in this game, even if it is just for a short amount of time.
Washington Football Team: Darryl Roberts is one player to watch in this one as he led Washington’s defense in the last game. He had some decent stats in that one, he did not record a sack but did record 3 tackles and an assist. He helped his team to victory against the Bengals as they kept them off the scoreboard only giving up 13 points. They did not have to deal with quarterback Joe Burrow in that one but he still played a solid game and will be a big key piece in this Washington defense this season.

Notable Quotes

"It's a good feeling to have because you can see the type of culture we have as an organization. We strive to win every time we step on the field. It shows you how much depth you have." - Tyler Huntley on his team's motivation to win no matter what the meaning of the game is. 

"I feel like my size is an advantage. I can hide behind the big offensive linemen. Just hiding behind those guys and having a low center of gravity. ... I want to keep improving and show that I belong here." - Jaret Patterson on his great game played despite his small size for a running back.

Recent Lineups

Baltimore Ravens
T. Huntley (QB)
N. McCrary (RB)
T. Williams (RB)
G. Edwards (RB)
J. Oliver (TE)
T. Wallace (WR)
D. Gray (WR)
Washington Football Team
T. Heinicke (QB)
R. Fitzpatrick (QB)
J. Patterson (RB)
A. Gibson (RB)
A. Gandy-Golden (WR)
D. Brown (WR)
L. Thomas (TE)
R. Seals-Jones (TE)
Baltimore Ravens: John Harbaugh
Washington Football Team: Ron Rivera

Amedeus Mastrangelo

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Amedeus Mastrangelo has been heavily wagering on all sports for years and plays just about everything, including sides, totals, favorites, underdogs, against the spread, alternative spreads, first half, second half, player props, and futures. The bottom line is, if Mastrangelo can see an edge in any way shape or form, then he's going to take advantage.

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