The Washington Redskins kicked off the preseason with a 23-3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Was there anything notable that came out of this contest?
You never want to overreact to a team’s first preseason game, be it a winning or losing effort. But the Washington Redskins appeared somewhat listless in a 23-3 setback to the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night.
Jay Gruden utilized all three of his quarterbacks but there was only a miniscule glance of starter Kirk Cousins. Meanwhile, it was the Ravens that got on the scoreboard first. Late in the first quarter, running back Terrance West culminated an eight-play, 57-yard drive with a two-yard scoring run. Justin Tucker’s PAT gave John Harbaugh’s club a 7-0 lead. Baltimore also got a pair of late field goals from Tucker just before halftime, the second from 59 yards out, to give Harbaugh’s squad a 13-0 lead at intermission.
It wasn’t like the Redskins’ defense was awful. But coordinator Greg Manusky’s unit did allow 64 yards on the ground on 18 carries in the first half. That numbers looks a bit worse when you consider that the Redskins only managed 47 total yards over the same span of the game. All told, Baltimore ran for 132 yards in the game. On the positive side, Washington allowed 267 total yards on 66 plays and despite the fact that Harbaugh’s team had the ball for 35:25.
Be it Cousins, Colt McCoy or Nate Sudfeld, the Redskins was stuck in neutral on the evening. The offense rolled up a mere 138 total yards and Gruden’s squad was a dismal 2-of-13 on third-down conversions.
Again, there’s no need to over-analyze a preseason loss – especially in the first game of the summer. But the Washington Redskins didn’t show much of a pulse offensively against the Ravens. And that was a bit disappointing regardless of who was on the field for Gruden’s club.
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.