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Redskins Lose Beltway Battle to Ravens, 23-3

Gary "Digital" Williams | 8/20/2010, 7:22 a.m.
Washington Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb attempts to throw a pass despite being in the grasp of Baltimore Ravens linebacker Dannelle Ellerbe . Photo By John E.DeFreitas.

The Washington Redskins faced a better football team this week and went from an offensive juggernaut to just plain offensive with the ball as they committed four turnovers en route to a 23-3 loss to their football neighbors to the north, the Baltimore Ravens.

The offense only ran for 25 yards among five running backs. Veteran Larry Johnson started the game but rushed eight times for just four yards. Quarterbacks Donovan McNabb and Rex Grossman combined for 401 yards through the air but each signal-caller threw an interception.

The quarterbacks were sacked a total of four times by the Ravens defense. The Ravens offense wasn't too much better as their best runner was safety Haruki Nakamura, who ran 51 yards on a fake punt in the second quarter to the Redskins one-yard-line. The play led to a one-yard touchdown run by Willis McGahee that gave the Ravens the lead for good, 10-3.

Defensively, the Redskins seemed to play well despite the score. Safety LaRon Landry led the team with eight tackles. Linebackers London Fletcher and Rocky Mcintosh combined for nine tackles, a forced fumble and a recovered fumble.

The Redskins also got two sacks, one from nose tackle Albert Haynesworth, who after the game did not seem happy about his role on the second-team defense.

"It doesn't make a lot a sense to me, a nine-year pro," Haynesworth said to reporters after the game. "I'll just do what they want me to do."


Washington Redskins Cornerback Carlos Rogers tackles Baltimore Ravens Wide Reciever Mark Clayton. Photo by John E. DeFreitas.


The Redskins also got two sacks, one from nose tackle Albert Haynesworth, who after the game did not seem happy about his role on the second-team defense.


"It doesn't make a lot a sense to me, a nine-year pro," Haynesworth said to reporters after the game. "I'll just do what they want me to do."

Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan seemed upbeat after the game, despite the loss.

"We did some good things, but we have some work to do," Shanahan said. "We'll watch the film and work on those things."

The Redskins travel to Giants Stadium to play the New York Jets on Friday, August 27 at 7 PM.

Washington Redskins Cornerback Carlos Rogers tackles Baltimore Ravens Wide Reciever Mark Clayton. Photo by John E. DeFreitas.