Quick Take: Beltway brawl takes on added meaning
Published: Dec. 5, 2012 at 01:56 p.m.
NFL.com and NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport has his thoughts on the game:
Why this game is intriguing: Roughly 38 miles separate the homes of the Baltimore Ravens and Washington Redskins, but for years it was so much more. There were the stacked and playoff-ready Ravens, who made the postseason in each of the last four campaigns. The upstarts of the area, laughing at their elder brethren. Then there was Washington, often futile in its postseason quest and not thrilled its kid brother was getting all the hype. Seems like things are on even footing now. Sure, Baltimore is its usual self, even amid injury issues. But with three straight wins -- thanks in large part to the brilliance of Robert Griffin III and his on-field rapport with receiver Pierre Garcon -- the Redskins might be playing better than their neighbors. A win would be big for both teams with regards to the playoffs, but the 'Skins need it just a bit more as they scrape and claw to sit at the cool table. Washington probably wouldn't mind some bragging rights, either.