Flashback Friday is coming a day early this week since the game is on Thursday. There isn't much history in Redskins vs. Ravens but at the time this one looked like a pretty big win. The teams slugged it out and the much-hyped 2000 Redskins came out of the game 5-2 on their way to 6-2. Washington collapsed in the second half while the Ravens went on the win the Super Bowl. But the mental picture of Stephen Davis giving a stiff arm to the just-inducted Rod Woodson makes this game worth remembering.
From the pages of The Redskins Chronicle:
FedEx Field—An interception by linebacker Kevin Mitchell just before halftime gave the Redskins a huge boost and propelled them to victory over Baltimore.
The game was tied at three when a pass interference call gave the Ravens a first and goal at the one with 10 seconds left in the half. Banks dropped back and fired the ball towards tight end Shannon Sharpe in the back of the end zone. Both Mitchell and fellow LB Derek Smith were in the vicinity and Mitchell stepped in front of Sharpe to get the interception.
The Redskins returned the favor, although in a less dramatic fashion, when a good drive to open the second half was ended at the Baltimore 25 when Brad Johnson's first-down pass intended for Albert Connell was intercepted. Both defenses kept the opposing offenses at bay until the Redskins took possession at their own 20 with 2:34 left in the third.
Runs by Stephen Davis and Johnson completions to Larry Centers and Stephen Alexander moved Washington down to the Baltimore 33 after the first play of the fourth quarter. On second down from there, Davis followed blocks by Centers and tackle Chris Samuels and broke into the clear down the left side. Safety Rod Woodson had the only shot at stopping Davis, but the running back dismissed him with a classic stiff arm and completed the scoring run.
The Ravens never seriously threatened in their last two possessions and the Redskins held the ball the last five and a half minutes.
Davis gained 91 yards rushing and the Washington defense held Baltimore to 199 yards of offense, 109 of them passing.
Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, March 24, 33 days before the NFL draft.
The Redskins week that was
A look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics of the week on Real Redskins and NBC Sports Washington.
Free agency update: What's next for the Redskins on the D-line? The Redskins have been casting out lines for defensive linemen since before free agency officially started but they haven’t been able to reel one in. Part of the issue might be that they know that Vita Vea and Da’Ron Payne are likely to be available in the draft. They have to balance spending big on a lineman vs. being able to get one pretty cheap for the next five years.
Redskins make a D-line contract change, gain roster flexibility—Speaking of the D-line, the team negotiated the removal of a salary guarantee for one player to give themselves more flexibility when it comes time to cut the roster down to 53 in September. See the post for details.
Redskins guarantee Alex Smith a whopping $71 million in new contract—In the words of Joe Biden, this is a big f-----g deal. It showed that the Redskins aren’t afraid to pay a quarterback big money if they think it’s the right guy. It should be noted that whether or not they chose the right guy is something that remains to be seen. Although the post shows that it’s plausible for the Redskins to terminate the deal after three years, I anticipate Smith playing out at least four if not all five years of the contract.
Redskins add another ex-Cowboy as they sign Scandrick—Orlando Scandrick has struggled with injuries the past few years and Redskins fans did not greet the news of his signing with great enthusiasm, to say the least. To point out the bright side, his contract is not pricey by NFL terms ($2.6 million cap hit this year, no guaranteed money beyond a $1 million signing bonus) and from what I have been able to gather it’s possible that change of scenery might give him a boost for a year or two.
Tweet of the week
Well before free agency started, I wrote that the Redskins’ top priorities in free agency should be to get extensions done for Smith, Brandon Scherff, and Jamison Crowder. They should have about $15 million to work with after a few more free agent signings and that would be plenty to get all of those extensions done. And if they do score a big free agent signing, it would be worth it to restructure the contract of someone like Ryan Kerrigan to get them done.
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In case you missed it
Philadelphia Eagles lineman Michael Bennett has been indicted on felony abuse for allegedly pushing an elderly NRG Stadium worker during Super Bowl LI.
Bennett was indicted by the Harris County, Texas district attorney's office for injury to the elderly — which is intentionally and knowingly causing injury to a person 65 years or older, according to a press release from the Harris County Sheriffs' Office.
A warrant has been issued for Bennett's arrest.
The 66-year-old paraplegic stadium worker was attempting to control field access when Bennett allegedly pushed her.
The maximum penalty Bennett faces is ten years in prison in addition to a $10,000 fine.
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Bennett — whose brother Martellus played in that Super Bowl for New England — was a member of the Seattle Seahawks during the incident and was in attendance as a noncompetitive player.
The NFL has been made aware of the situation and is looking into the matter, according to Pro Football Talk.
The 32-year-old 10-year NFL veteran could potentially face NFL discipline under the league's personal conduct policy.
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