Limited History A Large Factor In Lack Of Rivalry Between Redskins, Ravens
ASHBURN – FedEx Field and M&T Bank Stadium are roughly separated by a 30-mile stretch of Interstate 95, but Josh Wilson believes the Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens are anything but rivals.
“We’ve got enough rivalries as it is,” said Wilson, a Redskins cornerback who played for the Ravens in 2010. “We’ve got a whole division of rivalries, so you know, I don’t think we can accept any more applications.”
The two teams have played only four times since 1996, the Ravens’ first season, with Baltimore winning three times. Only one of the games has been away from FedEx Field – in 2008, a 24-10 Ravens victory.
Washington has a spirited rivalry with Dallas – perhaps the most prominent in the NFL. The Redskins’ two other NFC East rivals, the New York Giants and Philadelphia, are also typically intense games.
The Ravens, meanwhile, have developed a rivalry with Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, two of its AFC North opponents, while their battle with the third, Cleveland, has been heated because the original Browns franchise moved to Baltimore for the 1996 season.
One aspect making Sunday’s meeting much more important: the postseason. Baltimore, at 9-3, is in pursuit of one of two first-round byes, while the Redskins are merely trying to qualify at 6-6.
“Because they’re so close, I’m sure there will be a lot of people out there that will have a little bit more interest in the game, just based on where the line stops for each of the teams,” Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco said. “So, it will make it a little more interesting in that kind of sense.”