Baltimore Ravens running back Terrence Magee (30) is tackled by Washington Redskins linebacker Dyshawn Davis (48) in the second half of a preseason NFL football game, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
The starters for the Baltimore Ravens bounced back from a poor showing last week with a strong performance against the Washington NFL franchise on Aug. 29 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md.
The Ravens lost the game against Washington, 31-13, but the final score wasn’t indicative of how the teams’ starting units played. Baltimore’s first string dominated Washington’s, building a 13-0 lead early in the first half before being rested for the remainder of the game.
It was a redemptive performance for the Ravens, who stunk it up the prior week in a 40-17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Baltimore’s starters were outscored, 14-0, in the first quarter of that game and starting quarterback Joe Flacco tossed two interceptions.
That wasn’t the case for Flacco this Saturday as he finished the opening quarter against Washington completing six of seven pass attempts for 106 yards, including a 63-yard touchdown pass to veteran receiver Steve Smith. Flacco also tossed a 33-yard touchdown pass to tight end Crocket Gilmore, but the big play was nullified by an offensive pass interference penalty called on receiver Kamar Aiken.
Baltimore Ravens running back Justin Forsett, right, rushes the ball around Washington Redskins cornerback David Amerson (39) and linebacker Preston Smith, back, in the first half of a preseason NFL football game, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)
Baltimore’s starting defensive unit also played well, holding Washington scoreless through most of the first half. Backup quarterback Kirk Cousins got the nod at starter for Washington because usual starter Robert Griffin III was forced to sit out after suffering a concussion against the Detroit Lions on Aug. 20.
Cousins was intercepted during Washington’s first possession by Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs. The interception set up an easy field goal for Ravens kicker Justin Tucker, extending Baltimore’s lead to 10-0.
Washington’s second offensive possession wasn’t any better, resulting in a turnover in downs as they failed to convert a fourth-and-one scenario.
Washington eventually started scoring points once Baltimore benched its first-string units. Cousins ultimately finished 20-of-27 for 190 yards while leading his team on two touchdown drives. Washington third-string quarterback Colt McCoy had his way against Baltimore’s third-stringers, completing 10 of 12 pass attempts for 95 yards and two touchdowns.
Baltimore’s backup quarterbacks had less success: second-stringer Matt Schaub completed four of six pass attempts for 35 yards and an interception, while third-stringer Bryn Renner was three-of-seven for 17 yards and a pick.
NEXT: Baltimore will play its preseason finale on Sept. 3 against the Falcons in Atlanta. Washington will play its final preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars the same date at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. Kickoff for both games is set for 7:30 p.m.