Baltimore Ravens center Matt Birk talked with Holden and Danny on Thursday about his team’s rivalry with the Redskins, the Ravens’ season, and RG3’s effect on his teammates.
While the Redskins and Ravens often meet in the preseason, they have only played each other four times during the regular season since the former Cleveland Browns moved to Baltimore in 1996. Birk still thinks the proximity of the two teams makes it a rivalry.
“Obviously we don’t play each other a whole lot but [I think] when we do it’s pretty special for the region and for the fans and that’s what really makes it a rivalry,” Birk said.
The Ravens sit at 9-3 and are in the race for a first-round bye. Despite their success, the Ravens struggled against the Houston Texans losing 43-13 in a week seven blowout. With their season on the line, the team held a closed locker-room meeting.
“There were some things that some guys got off their chest,” said Birk. “We were coming off a very bad loss, went down to Houston got blown out and there’s some frustration and it boiled over a bit. [Harbaugh] like he always does just handles it so well and I think walking out of that meeting everyone felt better.”
Baltimore has been playing a unique schedule this year with plenty of primetime games. They even played four games in 17 days to start the season. Birk thought the Ravens have been able to deal with it.
“We have had a very abnormal schedule, not a lot of one o’clock Sunday games… but when you’re preparing for those games that are on different days or different times I guess it’s a little bit of an inconvenience… but once the ball’s kicked off you’re out on the field it’s all the same for us players,” Birk said.
When asked about Robert Griffin III, Birk gave credit to both the rookie quarterback and the rest of the Redskins offense. He has seen how RG3’s success at a leadership position has helped his teammates succeed.
“That’s the beautiful thing about momentum… when it’s in your favor you just go with it and it’s a great feeling,” Birk said. “He’s making a lot of plays but the whole offense is making plays and they’re in a good spot right now.”
The Redskins could be tied for a playoff spot in the NFC if they knock off the Ravens this weekend.