PRESEASON WEEK 3
WASHINGTON REDSKINS (2-0) at BALTIMORE RAVENS (2-0)
Saturday, Aug. 22 – 7:30 p.m. ET
M&T Bank Stadium (71,008) – Baltimore, Md.
After opening the 2014 preseason with consecutive home tilts at FedExField, the Washington Redskins will make their first road appearance on Saturday when the team travels to face the Baltimore Ravens.
Kickoff at M&T Bank Stadium is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
On Monday, the Redskins improved to 2-0 this preseason in dramatic fashion, defeating the Cleveland Browns, 24-23, at FedExField.
The Browns responded with a 45-yard touchdown pass with no time remaining before the Redskins successfully defended a two-point conversion attempt to seal the victory.
Saturday’s extended rehearsal against the Ravens should provide another test for the Redskins, including the team’s starting defense, which has forced three-and-outs on five of its six defensive possessions this preseason.
On the other side of the ball, the Redskins’ offense will attempt to continue amassing yards at a torrid pace, as Washington’s 408.0 yards gained per game through two weeks ranks first among all NFL teams this preseason.
— Ravens lead regular season series, 3-2
— Ravens lead preseason series, 5-2
— Last preseason meeting: Aug. 25, 2011 (34-31, BAL)
TELEVISION: NBC4/Comcast SportsNet
— Kevin Harlan (play-by-play)
— Joe Theismann (color)
— Ken Harvey (sidelines)
RADIO: Redskins Radio Network
— Larry Michael (play-by-play)
— Sonny Jurgensen (color)
— Chris Cooley (analysis)
— Rick “Doc” Walker (sidelines)
Head Coach John Harbaugh leads the Baltimore Ravens into the 2014 season following an 8-8 season in 2013, finishing third in the AFC North.
Quarterback Joe Flacco is entering his seventh NFL season. In 2013, he completed 362-of-614 passes (59.0 percent) for 3,912 yards with 19 touchdowns and 22 interceptions. For the season, he posted a quarterback rating of 73.1.
Running back Ray Rice has been Baltimore’s leading rusher for each of the last five seasons (2009- 13). In his six-year career, he has averaged 4.3 yards per carry and exceeded 1,000 rushing yards in four out of his six seasons. Last season, Rice posted team highs in rushing attempts (214), rushing yards (660) and rushing touchdowns (four).
Running back Bernard Pierce added 436 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 152 carries.
Receiver Torrey Smith returns after leading Baltimore in receptions last season with 65 for 1,128 yards and four touchdowns. The Ravens also added 14th-year veteran Steve Smith in the offseason after a year in which he contributed 745 receiving yards and four touchdowns on 64 receptions for the Carolina Panthers.
Linebacker Daryl Smith led the Ravens in tackles a season ago with 123 (57 solo). Linebacker Terrell Suggs led the team with 10 sacks, followed closely by linebacker Elvis Dumervil (9.5).
The secondary must replace former Ravens cornerback Corey Graham, who led the Ravens in interceptions a season ago before signing with the Buffalo Bills this offseason.
Justin Tucker handles kicking duties for Baltimore and was 38-of-41 on field goal attempts last season (92.7 percent). Sam Koch punted 90 times with a 46-yard average in 2013.
Jacoby Jones led the team in kick returns with 31 returns for 892 yards. Now-departed Tandon Doss led the team in punt returns yardage (359) on 23 returns (15.6 avg.) last season.
Saturday’s preseason game between the Redskins and the Ravens will be the eighth preseason meeting between the two franchises since the teams’ first preseason matchup on Aug. 23, 2003.
The Redskins will be attempting to snap a three-game preseason losing streak to the Ravens, as Washington’s neighbors to the north secured victories in the 2009, 2010 and 2011 preseasons.
Washington’s last preseason victory against the Ravens came in a 13-7 win against Baltimore on Aug. 25, 2007.
A win would be the Redskins’ first preseason victory at M&T Bank Stadium.
NOTES FROM LAST GAME:
— The Washington Redskins successfully defended a two-point conversion attempt with no time remaining to defeat the Cleveland Browns, 24-23, in front of an announced crowd of 69,127 people on Monday night.
— Head Coach Jay Gruden is now 2-0 in preseason games in his NFL head coaching career.
— Washington has won eight consecutive preseason games at FedExField. The team’s last home preseason loss came on Aug. 21, 2010.
— The Redskins’ defense recorded a three-and-out on their opponents’ opening possession for the second consecutive game.
— The Redskins’ defense notched three-and-outs on each of the Browns’ first three drives.
— The Redskins held the New England Patriots to three-and-outs on their first two first-quarter drives last week and have allowed only one first down in the first quarter in two games this preseason. The team’s only first down allowed in an opening quarter this preseason came against Washington’s second unit on the final play of the first quarter against the Patriots.
— Washington’s starting defense has forced three-and-outs on five of the six drives it has faced this preseason.
— Kerrigan added an eight-yard sack of Johnny Manziel later in the first quarter. It marked the first time Kerrigan had registered a multi-sack preseason game in his career. Kerrigan has four career multi-sack regular season games.
— Wide receiver
— Wide receiver
— Griffin III exited the game after three drives and finished the game having completed 6-of-8 passes for 112 yards with 24 yards rushing.
— The Redskins recorded their first takeaway of the game in the second quarter after cornerback
— Running back
— Royster’s rushing touchdown was the fourth of his preseason career with the Redskins. Royster had previously scored a rushing touchdown in each of the Redskins’ last three preseason finales across the 2011-13 preseasons.
— The Redskins outgained the Browns, 241-81 in the first half. The Redskins have outgained their opponents, 424-171, in first halves this preseason.
— Rookie wide receiver
— Cousins completed 12-of-21 passes for 145 yards with one touchdown and one interception for the evening.
— Quarterback Colt McCoy threw his second touchdown of the preseason, connecting with Nick Williams for a 30-yard touchdown pass with 2:01 remaining in the game.
— McCoy finished the evening having completed 2-of-6 passes for 73 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
Former Ravens on Redskins:
- Offensive Line Coach Chris Foerster (2005-07)
- Defensive Line Coach Jacob Burney (Cleveland/Baltimore, 1994-98)
Ravens from the D.C./Maryland/Virginia area:
- WR Michael Campanaro (Silver Spring, Md.)
- DT Derrick Hopkins (Highland Springs Va.)
- WR Torrey Smith (Falmouth, Va.)
- RB Lorenzo Taliaferro (Yorktown, Va.)
- QB Tyrod Taylor (Hampton, Va.)
- WR LaQuan Williams (Baltimore, Md.)
- Assistant Offensive Line Coach (Nassawadox, Va.)
Redskins from Maryland:
- Outside Linebackers Coach Brian Baker (Baltimore, Md.)
Ravens who went to college in the D.C./Maryland/Virginia area:
- T Eugene Monroe (Virginia)
- DL Chris Canty (Virginia)
- DE Brent Urban (Virginia)
- DT Derrick Hopkins (Virginia Tech)
- QB Tyrod Taylor (Virginia Tech)
- T David Mims (Virginia Union)
- WR LaQuan Williams (Maryland)
- WR Torrey Smith (Maryland)
Notable Pro Connections:
Chris Baker(2009), G/C Kory Lichtensteiger(2008), T Tyler Polumbus(2008-09) and CB Tracy Porter(2012-13) all played with LB Elvis Dumervil (2006-13) in Denver.
- G/C Kory Lichtensteiger (2008) and T Tyler Polumbus (2008-09) both worked with Ravens Quarterbacks Coach Rick Dennison (1997-08) when Dennison served as the Offensive Coordinator in Denver.
- DL Chris Baker (2009) and T Tyler Polumbus (2008-09) both worked with Ravens Inside Linebackers Coach Don Martindale (2009-10) when Martindale held multiple positions in Denver.
E.J. Biggers(2009-12), LB Adam Hayward(2007-13), P Robert Malone(2010-11) and Ravens G/C Jeremy Zuttah (2008-13) all played together in Tampa Bay.
Stephen Bowen(2006-10), DE Jason Hatcher(2006-13) and Ravens DE Chris Canty (2005-08) all played together in Dallas.
- DE Jason Hatcher (2006-13), DE
Clifton Geathers(2010-11), OL Kevin Kowalski(2011-13) and Ravens FB Shaun Chapas (2011) were all teammates in Dallas.
Everette Brown(2009-11) and Ravens WR Steve Smith, Sr. (2001-13) played together in Carolina.
Akeem Jordan(2007-12) worked with Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh (1998-07) when Harbaugh held multiple positions in Philadelphia.
- LB Akeem Jordan (2007-12) worked with Ravens Strength and Conditioning Coach Bob Rogucki (2006-07) when Rogucki served as the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach in Philadelphia.
- LB Akeem Jordan (2007-13), WR DeSean Jackson (2008-13), G/C Mike McGlynn (2008-11) and Ravens G/C A.Q. Shipley (2009-11) all worked with Ravens Offensive Line Coach Juan Castillo (1995-12) when Castillo held multiple positions in Philadelphia.
Pierre Garçon(2008-11) and Ravens RB Justin Forsett (2008) were teammates in Indianapolis.
- DE Clifton Geathers (2012), G/C Mike McGlynn (2012-13) and Ravens G/C A.Q. Shipley were all teammates in Indianapolis.
Mike Caussin(2010), Ravens T Eugene Monroe (2009-13) and Ravens LB Daryl Smith (2004-12) all played together in Jacksonville.
- TE Mike Caussin (2010-13) and Ravens WR Kamar Aiken (2011-12) played together in Buffalo.
Barry Cofield(2006-10) and Ravens CB Aaron Ross (2007-11) worked with Ravens Secondary/Assistant Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo (2007-08) when Spagnuolo served as the Defensive Coordinator with the New York Giants.
- NT Barry Cofield (2006-10), Ravens DE Chris Canty (2009-12) and Ravens CB Aaron Ross (2007-11) all played together with the New York Giants.
- T Tyler Polumbus (2010-11), DE Clifton Geathers (2010) and Ravens RB Justin Forsett (2008-11) all played together in Seattle.
- CB Tracy Porter (2008-12) worked with Ravens Secondary/Assistant Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo (2012) when Spagnuolo served as the Defensive Coordinator in New Orleans.
DeAngelo Hall(2004-07) and Ravens Special Teams Coordinator/Associate Head Coach Jerry Rosburg (2007) worked together when Rosburg served as the Special Teams Coordinator in Atlanta.
Gabe Miller(2011-12) and Ravens T David Mims (2011-12) played together in Kansas City.
Darryl Sharpton(2010-13) played with Ravens TE Owen Daniels (2006-13), Ravens WR Jacoby Jones (2007-11), Ravens RB Justin Forsett (2012), Ravens TE Phillip Supernaw (2012-13) and Ravens RB Cierre Wood (2013) in Houston.
- LB Darryl Sharpton (2010-13) worked with Ravens Offensive Coordinator Gary Kubiak (2006-13) when Kubiak served as the Head Coach in Houston.
Notable College Connections:
- WR DeSean Jackson, LS Nick Sundberg and Ravens RB Justin Forsett all played together at California from 2005-07.
Keenan Robinson(2008-11), QB Colt McCoy (2006-09), LB Brian Orakpo(2005-07) and Ravens K Justin Tucker (2008-11) and Ravens CB Chykie Brown (2007-10) played together at Texas.
- WR Rashad Ross and Ravens WR Mike Willie played together at Arizona State from 2010-11.
- S Bacarri Rambo (2009-12), Ravens WR Marlon Brown (2009-12), Ravens DE DeAngelo Tyson (2008-11) and Ravens RB Shaun Chapas (2006-10) all played together at Georgia.
Chris Thompson, Ravens S Terrance Brooks and Ravens DT Timmy Jernigan all played together at Florida State.
- RB Evan Royster and Ravens C A.Q. Shipley played together at Penn State from 2007-09.
Chase Minnifield(2007-11), T Morgan Moses(2010-13) and Ravens DE Brent Urban (2009-13) all played together at Virginia.
- LB Adrian Robinson, Ravens DT Levi Brown and Ravens RB Bernard Pierce all played together at Temple from 2009-11.
Trent Williamsand Ravens CB Dominique Franks played together at Oklahoma from 2006-09.
- G Adam Gettis and Ravens T Brett Van Sloten played together at Iowa from 2009-11.
- T Tyler Polumbus and Ravens CB Jimmy Smith played together at Colorado from 2006-07.
- DE Jake McDonough, Ravens C/T Kelechi Osemele and Ravens C Reggie Stephens all played together at Iowa State in 2007.
Maurice Hurt(2006-10), TE Jordan Reed(2009-12), Ravens S Matt Elam (2008-10), Ravens FS Will Hill (2008-10) and Ravens RB Deonte Thompson (2007-11) all played together at Florida.
- DE Clifton Geathers and Ravens S Darian Stewart played together at South Carolina from 2006-08.