FOOTBALL IS BACK, BABY!
Ryan Mallett started in place of injured quarterback Joe Flacco. He struggled a bit, throwing for only 58 yards while playing the entire first half. The Baltimore Ravens beat the Washington Redskins 23-3 on Thursday night in a sloppy preseason opener.
The Ravens scored 13 points while Mallett was in the game, including a 2-yard touchdown run by Terrance West. In his defense, Mallett was operating behind an inexperienced offensive line and without his top 3 receivers.
But he didn’t give the Ravens any reason to lose interest in adding free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick. (Read more about those rumors HERE).
The Redskins also struggled moving the ball. Starting quarterback Kirk Cousins went three-and-out on his two possessions, completing 1 of 2 passes.
The biggest play of the first half was the last one: Justin Tucker kicked a 59-yard field goal for a 13-0 lead!
Redskins: TE Jordan Reed (toe), WR Jamison Crowder (hamstring), WR Josh Doctson (hamstring) and LB Junior Galette (hamstring) all sat out. Reed is on the physically unable to perform list and hasn’t practiced all training camp. LB Trent Murphy sprained his left knee in the first quarter and did not return.
Ravens: Besides Flacco, the Ravens offense was without OLs Marshal Yanda, Alex Lewis and Austin Howard; WRs Jeremy Maclin, Mike Wallace and Breshad Perriman; TE Benjamin Watson; and RB Danny Woodhead. The defense was missing top draft pick Marlon Humphrey, who participated in pregame agility drills but did not dress.