The Redskins fell to the Baltimore Ravens 34-31 in their third preseason game and are now 2-1 on the preseason. The Redskins starters though continued to play well and gave the Skins a 21-14 lead at the half before they were all pulled to start the third quarter.
The Ravens on the other hand kept their starters in to start the third as Joe Flacco led the Ravens on an 80 yard touchdown drive against the Redskins back ups before the Ravens offensive starters were pulled. The Ravens put 13 on the board in the fourth quarter including a touchdown pass with only 22 seconds left in the game for the win.
The only Redskins injury was defensive end Jarvis Jenkins who will have an MRI tomorrow and it could be an ACL injury. He was officially listed with a sprained knee during the game.
The Redskins switched quarterbacks every two drives in the first half and the first string offense never missed a beat with another solid outing. Rex Grossman started and was 8 of 15 for 112 yards with one touchdown while only playing the first half and John Beck was 6 of 10 for 108 yards with one touchdown and one interception while playing in both the first and second half. In the second half against mainly back ups, Beck, who was playing with all back ups as well, threw an interception and also led a 97 yard touchdown drive before being pulled.
Between Grossman and Beck the Redskins offense had 220 passing yards, 78 rushing yards, three touchdowns, one interception, 16 first downs and 3 of 7 on third down, plus two touchdowns on two red zone chances. Grossman also led a touchdown drive to end the first half going 6 of 8 for 80 yards on the drive and finding Santana Moss for a 24 yard touchdown with 51 seconds left in the half.
Tim Hightower continues to impress running 56 yards on nine attempts including a 37 yard touchdown run. Hightower said after the game “We came in here 2-0 and we didn’t win, but we took a real good step forward. We’re going to have a good season.” Roy Helu had 13 carries for 44 yards all in the second half and Brandon Royster didn’t play.
On the receiving end of things, Terrence Austin had another solid game trying to solidify a roster spot with five catches for 71 yards and a touchdown. Santana Moss had three catches for 51 yards and a touchdown while Anthony Armstrong had two catches for 51 yards. Jabar Gaffney had two catches for 27 yards. Moss after the game said, “We’re getting there. Right now, in preseason, it’s all touch-up time. I think we’re heading in the right direction.”
The starting Redskins defense gave up 48 rushing yards and 169 passing yards while only playing the first half. On both Ravens touchdown drives, Redskins penalties kept their drives going. One on a punt and the other on a third down play. DeAngelo Hall got the scoring going though tonight when he returned a Joe Flacco interception 52 yards for a touchdown and an early lead. Hall said after the game, “I really thought we had this game in the bag. But it didn’t happen for us. We will just learn from this experience and continue to grow and we’ll get better.”
Reggie Jones and DJ Gomes led the Redskins with seven tackles each and Ryan Kerrigan, Kevin Barnes, Brian Orakpo and Davonte Shannon each had a sack. Graham Gano also continues his solid preseason going 1 for 1 with a 48 yard field goal and is 7 for 7 on the preseason.
The Redskins will play their fourth and final preseason game next Thursday at FedEx Field against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Listen here to what Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan had to say after the game about his quarterbacks, defense, who has surprised him, injuries and much more.
Mike Shanahan Press Conference
Also listen to what Rex Grossman, John Beck, DeAngelo Hall, Santana Moss, Ryan Kerrigan, Brian Orakpo, Tim Hightower, Trent Williams & Terrence Austin had to say after the loss.
Rex Grossman Press Conference
John Beck Press Conference
DeAngelo Hall Postgame Audio
Santana Moss Postgame Audio
Ryan Kerrigan Postgame Audio
Brian Orakpo Postgame Audio
Tim Hightower Postgame Audio
Trent Williams Postgame Audio
Terrence Austin Postgame Audio