Game #3 is the final WFT pre-season game of 2021 — Washington Football Team (All-Pro Reels Photography)

Where do we go from here? Tonight marks the final pre-season game of the year for the Washington Football Team and a 15 day period of only intra-squads before the team opens the regular season on September 12. There are so many unanswered questions as to who will make the cut on the final roster for the WFT.

The final roster cuts are due on Tuesday, August 31 for all teams, and there is always the taxi practice squad for some who fail to make the cut. Coaches will have those bubble players out there tonight to make final assessments.

It is always an anxious time leading up to cutdown day. A great play in the final preseason game could go a long way in swaying the specialty coaches as well as head coach Ron Rivera. The team probably has their decisions made on the starting-11 on both sides, and just need to pencil up special teams, and the depth charts.

This game tonight is against the neighbors to the north, the Baltimore Ravens. They are the team that moved from Cleveland twenty-five years ago. Yes, it is hard to believe it has been that long. They have a 241–185–1 record since coming to Baltimore and more importantly two Super Bowl Championships in that span which is two more than the team from Washington. Slowly over the years, allegiances have shifted for some fans to the team that has had more recent success, and it is no different with the two cities and the baseball teams. Maybe one big difference was that the Washington football franchise never tried to block Baltimore from gaining a team or tried to profit off of their TV territory.

Washington of course last year got a taste of postseason success again after they won the NFC East crown. We will see what Rivera has up his sleeves for this season. Rivera always seemed like a “defense first” coach with the mantra that defense wins football games. The WFT ranked 13th overall in stopping the run, and 2nd overall in stopping the pass. Rivera says he wants to improve on both.

Yes, an emphasis will be on players who can pressure the quarterback to add to Chase Young and Montez Sweat who are the havoc wreakers.

But of course all eyes will be on the quarterbacks to see who starts tonight, and most expect Ryan Fitzpatrick to be under center for the opener with Taylor Heinicke as the backup, and Kyle Allen as third string.

Ron Rivera was asked by reporter, JP Finlay, to declare publicly who the starting quarterback is: “I think the players know.”

There you have it from the head coach on the starting QB or as some call it around here QB1. Maybe we will find out who that is before the season opener on September 12 against the Los Angeles Chargers.

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