The Ravens' third preseason game had its successes, disappointments and fireworks all rolled into one.
Baltimore lost, 31-13, but there's much more to the game than the final score.
Traditionally, the third preseason game is time to judge the starters. In that regard, the Ravens get high marks.
The starting offense scored 13 points and could have had 20 had it not been for a touchdown being called back on an odd offensive pass interference call and missed field goal. It scored on three of four drives.
After throwing two interceptions in Philadelphia last week, quarterback Joe Flacco was 8-of-13 for 137 yards and one touchdown. Receiver Steve Smith Sr. caught four passes for 95 yards, including a 63-yard touchdown.
The starting defense notched an interception by outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, a turnover on downs and forced a punt. They pummeled Redskins starting quarterback Kirk Cousins.
Most importantly, each starting unit looked ready for the regular-season opener in Denver in just over two weeks.
The disappointments were two-fold. First, there were more injuries. The already banged up Ravens saw defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan (knee), offensive lineman Ryan Jensen (concussion) and defensive end DeAngelo Tyson (shoulder) all go to the locker room early.
The Ravens also lost the game, which never makes them happy regardless of the preseason. A number of Baltimore's backups were beaten on plays, as the Redskins scored 28-straight points from the second quarter to the end.
Then there were the fireworks, and not the kind that shot from the top of M&T Bank Stadium.
Smith was torching the Redskins defensive backs and it was clear they weren't happy about it. After Redskins middle linebacker Keenan Robinson picked up wide receiver Kamar Aiken and slammed him on his head, Smith got into a scrum that spilled into Washington's sideline and got Head Coach John Harbaugh running across the field.
Quote Of The Day
"I feel good about it. ... Overall, I think we've got a lot to build off of and a lot to feel good about. It was a good little test run before we go back out there next time." -- Quarterback Joe Flacco
Turning Point Of The Game
The Ravens could have taken a lead into halftime but came up short. Cornerback Asa Jackson returned a kickoff 103 yards, but was caught from behind on the 2-yard line. Rookie runningback Javorius Allen then fumbled on the 1-yard line just before plunging into the end zone. The Redskins went into the locker room leading, 14-13, and extended their lead from there.
- The Ravens came storming out of the gates with a 63-yard touchdown on the fourth play of the game. Smith got wide open, caught the pass and wheeled around to blow by the Redskins defense without being touched.
- Suggs halted the Redskins' first drive by reading a quick screen pass and intercepting Cousins' pass. It was a smart and athletic play by the veteran, and set the Ravens up for a field goal to extend their lead to 10-0.
- The Redskins starters moved into Ravens' territory on their second drive. Washington went for it on fourth-and-1 from the 40, but inside linebacker C.J. Mosley and safety Will Hill timed up the snap well and shot through the line of scrimmage, stuffing Redskins running back Alfred Morris in the backfield.
- Redskins linebacker Keenan Robinson's tackle on Ravens wide receiver Kamar Aiken, which incited the fight, resulted in Smith getting ejected.
- On the next play after the ejection, Flacco found tight end Crockett Gillmore, who bulldozed through three Redskins before diving into the end zone for an impressive touchdown.However, the score was called back by an offensive pass interference flag on wide receiver Kamar Aiken, who wasn't involved in the play.
- Kicker Justin Tucker missed a rare field goal from within 50 yards, hooking a 46-yard attempt wide left, leaving the Ravens leading 13-0 instead of 16-0 in the second quarter.
- The Redskins got on the board on a fluke play. Safety Kendrick Lewis knocked away a third-down pass, but the deflection went directly to Redskins wide receiver Jamison Crowder for a touchdown, cutting the Ravens' lead to 13-7.
- Washington grabbed a lead after Ravens rookie cornerback Tray Walker missed a one-on-one tackle on the edge, allowing what would have been a short gain to go for 26 yards. Redskins running back Chris Thompson ran it in from 2 yards out on the next play.
- Led by quarterback Colt McCoy, the Redskins drove down the field on a 12-play drive, capped with a 5-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Rashad Ross, who got a step on Jackson in the back of the end zone.
- Backup quarterback Matt Schaub threw his second interception of the preseason while under pressure. He overthrew his receiver and was picked by linebacker Jackson Jeffcoat, giving the Skins field position deep in Ravens'territory. Washington took a 28-13 lead four plays later as Ross outran Walker for a 9-yard touchdown catch.
- Baltimore third-string quarterback Bryn Renner was on his way to another comeback, but was intercepted on the goal line, leaving the Ravens trailing by 15 points.
- Jackson should have called for a fair catch during a fourth-quarter punt return and instead got blasted, fumbled the ball and the Redskins recovered in Ravens'territory. The turnover set up Washington kicker Kai Forbath for a 44-yard field goal.
WR Steve Smith Sr.
Smith went out in a blaze of glory. He racked up four catches for 95 yards, including a 63-yard touchdown. Smith has been in rare competitive form, even for himself, regardless of the fact that it's just the preseason.
Stat Of The Game
The Ravens' starters put up 197 yards of offense on four drives before Flacco's night was over midway through the second quarter. That projects to more than 400 yards in a full game.
On The Horizon
The Ravens will wrap up the preseason Thursday night in Atlanta. They'll have to trim the roster from 90 to 75 on Tuesday and the preseason finale will be the final opportunity for bubble players to show they deserve a spot.
View all the best photos from the Ravens vs. Redskins preseason match-up at M&T Bank Stadium.