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December 11, 2012

It’s another huge challenge for RG3

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WASHINGTON —

“We’ve got to contain him,” Reed said. “We’ve got to get him on the ground and not allow him to run, but that’s like telling Superman not to fly.”

Baltimore’s reputation for defense has taken a bit of a hit this season as opponents pile up chunks of yards, although the statistics can be misleading. The Ravens are ranked 25th in the conventional measuring stick of yards allowed, but they are eighth in points allowed — and it’s points that determine wins and losses.

Baltimore is in good shape to clinch a playoff berth for the fifth consecutive season and could sew up the AFC North this weekend, pending the results from other games. The Ravens lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers last week, but they are currently the NFL’s best bounce-back team, winning 15 in a row following a defeat since their last two-game losing streak in 2009.

“There’s always a little bit of extra urgency after a loss, for whatever reason,” Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco said. “I don’t know if it’s a bad thing or a good thing. But we are always calm, cool and collected and confident around here.”

While the Ravens have a bit of a cushion in their division, the Redskins have been playing in must-win mode since dropping to 3-6 last month. After a trio of intense games against division rivals, Washington can now find motivation in winning the Beltway Bowl against its neighbor to the north.

“This is for all the bragging rights right here,” Redskins tight end Niles Paul said, “because we see these guys, we’re friends with these guys.”

That’s not a universal feeling in the locker room, however. After all, it’s hard to build a rivalry between teams that play only once every four years.

“We’ve got enough rivalries as it is,” Redskins cornerback Josh Wilson said. “We’ve got a whole division of rivalries, so I don’t think we can accept any more applications.”

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