The Ravens came out slow on offense for the second straight week, but the defense managed to hold off the Redskins until Joe Flacco got things going. After Saturday night’s 23-17 win, the Ravens are 3-0 in the preseason and have the look of a team that is resilient and still growing into their new identity as a run heavy, quick hit passing team predicated on timing.
The third preseason game for every NFL team is heralded as a dress rehearsal for the regular season, and for the first half this appeared to be the case for the Ravens. Heavy rain soaked the field prior to the start of the game, and it obviously slowed both teams down a bit early on. Both the Ravens and the Redskins struggled to pick up yards via the ground or the air early on.
Once the Ravens hit their third possession, Joe Flacco and the passing game began to take hold of the momentum. The Redskins secondary had little hope of slowing Flacco down, even after he absorbed two sacks and multiple hits. Flacco finished his half of work with 16 of 23 passing for 180 yards and a touchdown.
So how did each unit grade out now that the dust has settled and the Ravens have another win (albeit a meaningless one) under their belts? Click on to see our Ravens vs. Redskins grades by position unit.