Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins appeared to have the right words following the team’s 23-3 preseason loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

A combined 138 total yards. A good night from running back Rob Kelley or rookie Samaje Perine? Hardly. That was the showing for the Washington Redskins offense in the team’s 23-3 setback to the Baltimore Ravens in the preseason opener for both teams.

Hardly a time for panic, there may or not be room for concern. In any case, Kirk Cousins seemed to put the dismal performance into its proper perspective.

“It was a wake-up call,” said the Pro Bowl quarterback to Matthew Paras of the Washington Times. “It showed us, as much as we might have been making some plays in training camp in Richmond and feeling good about what we were doing, I think it’s a realization that we have a long ways to go. I think that can be a good thing in the long run…It could be the best thing we need right now.”

Great point. It was far from an inspiring effort on offense. But it’s also something to not read too much into. The idea is to build momentum in preseason and hit the ground running. On Thursday night, the team never really got anything going.

The Washington Redskins next take the playing field on Saturday night, August 19, when they host the Green Bay Packers. You can expect a much more inspired effort from Jay Gruden’s team the next time out. If not, perhaps then there would be reason for a little concern. But just a little.

Russell S. Baxter is the Washington Redskins lead writer for Pro Football Spot. You can follow him on Twitter at @baxfootballguru. Looking for more Redskins news and features? Like our Facebook page HERE and also follow @spot_redskins on Twitter.

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