Regardless of the outcome of tonight's preseason game in Baltimore the recommendation here is keep on telling yourself the following:
It's only the preseason.
If they look good against the Ravens, it doesn't mean that a double-digit win season is certainly in the cards. If they go out in Baltimore and get whipped, it doesn't mean that it will be yet another long and disappointing season in D. C.
Even though this is the "dress reharsal" for the regular season, it still is a rehersal. There is some game planning, but not nearly to the extent we will see during the regular season. The predominant flavor of the schemes still will be vanilla.
Still, the Ravens will bring the heat to quarterbacks John Beck and Rex Grossman and the Redskins offensive line, which has received kudos for its play in the first two games, will be severly tested.
Mike Shanahan probably wouldn't mind of the Redskins fell behind in this one. It would be useful to see if the offense can maintain its tempo and commitment to the run if they have to play catch up for a while.
In any case, we won't really have even a solid clue about what the Redskins have until they take on the Giants on Sept. 11. I know we hate to wait that long but that is the way it is.
That doesn't mean you shouldn't watch the game tonight. You know you're going to, especially if you live out of the DMV area since it is on ESPN.
While you're watching, get out the laptop and follow along right here. I'll be doing my live blog from the press box at M&T Bank Stadium with analysis and commentary that is too good to fit into 140-character bites.
We'll get things rolling at about 6:00 p.m. and go through the end of the game.
See you then.