BALTIMORE—The Redskins saw what they wanted to out of Kirk Cousins as he got the start at quarterback in place of a concussed Robert Griffin III. He was sharp after a slow start and led the Redskins to two touchdowns in the second quarter during the Redskins’ 31-13 preseason win over the Ravens.
But Cousins wasn’t necessarily the best Redskins quarterback of the night. Colt McCoy came in and led the Redskins to 17 points in the second half and made sure that Jay Gruden and company didn’t forget about him.
The defense had a tough time stopping the Raven’s first-team offense, led by Joe Flacco. The Baltimore quarterback was elite during the three series he played in this preseason test, completing 8 of 13 passes for 137 yards and a touchdown. That added up to an impressive passer rating of 122.9.
The Ravens got the scoring started early with a 63-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco to Steve Smith with less than two minutes gone. Both David Amerson and Dashon Goldson were in position to tackle Smith but he eluded both of them and bolted to the end zone.
Baltimore twice took advantage of good field position to score field goals. Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs picked off an attempted bubble screen pass by Cousins, setting up a field goal to make it 10-0. Then the Ravens got a short field after Alfred Morris was stuffed on fourth and one at the Baltimore 40 and after a 29-yard drive and a 48-yard Just Tucker Field goal it was 13-0 early in the second quarter.
The Redskins then put together touchdown drives on four consecutive possessions in the second and third quarters. Kirk Cousins led the first two, see details in the “Key moments” below. Then in the second half Colt McCoy came in and threw touchdown passes of five and nine yards, both to Rashad Ross.
Key Moments: The Redskins were trailing 13-0 in the second quarter. From the Baltimore 22, Cousins took the snap and he immediately had Terrell Suggs, who was unblocked, in his face. He fired over the middle to Andre Roberts, who was surrounded by two defenders. The ball was tipped up into the air and rookie wide receiver Jamison Crowder grabbed it and easily rolled the last 10 yards into the end zone. The point after touchdown made it 13-7.
After the Redskins scored again with just seconds left in the half, the Ravens got a 103-yard kickoff return by Asa Jackson that set Baltimore up with a first and goal at the two. But on fourth down from the one, Chris Baker poked the ball out of Javorius Allen’s arm and it rolled into the end zone. Although the Ravens recovered, by rule the ball was returned to the spot of the fumble and awarded to the Redskins. That kept the score 14-13 at halftime.
Player of the Game
I think you have to go with Rashad Ross on offense, with his X receptions for XX yards and the two touchdowns. Honorable mention belongs to Matt Jones, who had a few strong runs while gaining 57 yards on seven carries.
On defense we’ll split it between two outside linebackers. Jackson Jeffcoat had an interception that set up a touchdown and a sack and strip of Ravens QB Matt Schaub. Preston Smith had a sack and a quarterback hit among his six tackles.
Injury Update: WR Evan Spencer was evaluated for a concussion in the third quarter and did not return to the game. FB Jordan Campbell left the game with a shoulder injury
From the Locker Room: Check back later for quotes from the Redskins’ locker room.