Ravens vs. Redskins Grades: Preseason week 3

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Aug 29, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Washington Redskins defensive back Chris Culliver (29) and Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith (89) get into a fight during the first quarter at M&T Bank Stadium. Both player were ejected from the game. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Last week, I pointed out that Ravens fans shouldn’t panic after a lopsided loss to the Eagles.  Now that they’ve posted two bad performances in a row, it now the time?

You would certainly be justified in worrying a little bit after the Baltimore Ravens suffered their second consecutive blowout loss of the preseason, a 31-13 drubbing at the hands of the Washington Redskins.

Preseason or no, giving up 31 unanswered points to finish a game is worrisome, especially when you’re facing a typically woeful Redskins offense at home.

The epic collapse that occurred is indicative of a couple of real problems the Ravens are facing as they inch closer to the start of the regular season (and a tough opening schedule).  The biggest of which is that they may not have the depth to withstand too many injuries.

And of course, injuries are piling up.  Ryan Jensen, filling in for injured starting left tackle Eugene Monroe, exited with a concussion.  Timmy Jernigan left with a knee injury, along with fellow defensive linemen Lawrence Guy (knee) and DeAngelo Tyson (shoulder).

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It’s an alarming trend, and this game provides clear proof that the Ravens can’t afford to come up short handed once the games being to count.  The first team defense and offense essentially dominated this game, but things quickly got out of control once the second and third team units entered.

Having said that, it’s very tough to get a read on what will happen once week 1 rolls around.  Getting healthy will be the main priority over the next two weeks as the Ravens prepare for a tough month of September to kick off the season.

As we do every week, we’re going to take a look at how the Ravens performed, break it down, and assign report card grades.  We’ll begin with the first tale of two halves: the offense.

Next: Offense

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