Redskins D ready to 'man up' vs. Ravens
This season the Redskins have been very good at ending negative streaks and trends. Earlier this year they broke an eight-game home losing streak. They had lost six in a row in Dallas on Thanksgiving before breaking through in grand fashion last month. An ugly string of ten straight losses at home on Monday night, a skid going back to 1997, is now history. A string of 79 games during which they were unable to put together three wins in a row? History.
With their own negative streaks disappearing, the Redskins must now work on ending some good streaks their opponents are enjoying. They did some of that earlier this year when they ruined Tony Romo’s Thanksgiving Day perfection (he was 5-0). And now, with their season again on the line, they have to fight off a very impressive streak that the Baltimore Ravens have going.
Since Week 6 of the 2009 season, the Ravens have lost 15 regular season games. Their record after those losses is 15-0.
That’s a very impressive streak. When you look inside it, however, it loses some of its luster. In most cases, they have not faced very tough opposition following their losses. Here is the list of quarterbacks they have faced after each of their 15 losses:
- Kyle Orton
- Brady Quinn
- Dennis Dixon
- Daunte Culpepper
- Charlie Frye/JaMarcus Russell
- Seneca Wallace
- Ryan Fitzpatrick
- Brian St. Pierre
- Matt Schaub
- Sam Bradford
- Kevin Kolb
- Andy Dalton
- Seneca Wallace
- Tom Brady
- Brandon Weeden
Certainly Brady is a true great. Schaub is among the better quarterbacks in the game. But the rest are, well, let me put it this way, the rest are no RG3’s.
It’s not a coincidence that all of the Redskins negative streaks are ending with the arrival of Griffin. Baltimore, of course, lost its game to the Steelers last Sunday. Perhaps RG3 can help tag the Ravens with their first two-game losing streak in over three years.