The Washington Redskins 23-3 setback to the Ravens was head scratching. What does the team need to do better next week vs. the Packers?
It’s just the first game. That’s what most Washington Redskins fans are waking up this morning saying after last nights first preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens.
The Ravens didn’t play well. Ryan Mallett, starting in place of the injured Joe Flacco, played the entire first half, and threw for only 58 yards. He was rescued by Josh Woodrum, who completed all four of his pass attempts for 85 yards and a touchdown.
The problem for the Washington Redskins? They played even worse.
Washington just couldn’t get any offense going, and couldn’t stop what offense the Ravens had. Despite Ryan Mallett throwing for just 58 yards, Baltimore scored 13 points while he was on the field. A Terrance West two-yard touchdown and two Justin Tucker field goals, including a 59-yarder, gave Baltimore all the cushion they would need.
The Ravens’ offense was only able to muster a total of 267 yards. The Redskins? A mere 138 yards. Washington was also held to just eight first downs, which is not a recipe for success. Samaje Perine, the rookie running back for the Redskins, got six carries but only managed 15 yards. He also fumbled and dropped a wide open pass on back to back plays in the second quarter. Rookie jitters? The fans certainly hope so.
The Redskins also lost the turnover battle as they threw the only interception of the game.
For Washington Redskins fans, you can take solace in the fact that it is game one, and it was a road game. Also, the Baltimore defense is good. Very good. We will know more next weekend, when they return home to face the Green Bay Packers. Until then, you can be sure head coach Jay Gruden will be working feverishly to get the Redskins ready to perform for the home crowd.
Attention Redskins fans. Just in case you need a laugh after last night’s performance, here is a “Norman-ism” for the day. Josh Norman, speaking on the starters not playing much, told David Ginsburg of the Associated Press “You get set up for that cake you think you’re about to eat, and then you can’t devour it.”
After last night, maybe the Washington Redskins need to give him some of that cake.
Austin Eldridge is a Washington Redskins writer for Pro Football Spot. You can follow him on twitter at @RadioAustin56. Looking for more Redskins news and features? Like our Facebook page HERE and also follow @spot_redskins on Twitter.