Ravens vs. Redskins Grades: Preseason week 3

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Aug 29, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) throws during the second quarter against the Washington Redskins at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Offense: C

The starting offense looked pretty solid, scoring 13 points, missing out on adding a few more after an offensive pass interference call and a rare missed field goal.  The Ravens first team unit added points on 3 of 4 drives.

Joe Flacco’s performance was much improved after a disastrous outing against the Eagles last week as he finished 8 of 13 for 137 yards, one touchdown, and zero interceptions.  Flacco also didn’t take a sack and finished with a 122.9 rating.

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Both of Flacco’s backups didn’t fare as well.  Matt Schaub was downright awful once again, going 3 of 7 for 17 yards (a pathetic 2.4 ypa).  Schaub also tossed an interception and absorbed 3 sacks. Bryn Renner went 4 of 6 for 35 yards and an interception.

Steve Smith Sr. was on fire both verbally and in terms of play as he caught 4 passes for 95 yards and a touchdown before getting ejected for scuffling with Redskins cornerback Chris Culliver following a viscous head-first tackle suffered by teammate Kamar Aiken.

The biggest concern on the offensive side of things, outside of the numerous offensive line injuries (and probably a product of them) is the poor performance of the running game this preseason.  The Ravens backs were once again mired in the proverbial mud, averaging only 2.2 yards per attempt and recording a grand total of 55 yards rushing combined.

New #2 back Buck Allen “led” the way with 12 carries for 24 yards, and even starter Justin Forsett could only muster 19 yards on 8 carries.

One interesting thing to note is that Terrence Magee received 4 carries while Fitzgerald Toussaint had zero.  The Ravens are likely to keep one of the two on the roster as Lorenzo Taliaferro nurses a knee injury.

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