Ravens vs. Redskins Grades: Preseason week 3

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Aug 29, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy (16) looks to pass during the third quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Defense: C

Again, it’s tough to assign a grade here because the first team defense got the job done.  The Redskins had zero points until the Ravens’ second team unit hit the field, and absolutely pummeled starting quarterback Kirk Cousins while setting up shop in the Redskins’ backfield.

On the bright side, the Ravens’ D picked up an interception, allowed only 3.3 yards per carry to the Redskins’ running backs, and recovered a pair of fumbles.  On the not-so-bright side, the secondary gave up 3 touchdowns through the air and the Ravens didn’t record a single sack despite getting lots of pressure.

All of the damage occurred after the Ravens’ first team unit exited the game, however.  It made life a lot easier on both Cousins (20/27 for 190 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception) and his backup, Colt McCoy (10/12 for 95 yards, 2 touchdowns, 0 interceptions).

Zach Orr led the Ravens with 8 tackles and also recorded a QB hit,  while Terrell Suggs had an interception and a QB hit.  Elvis Dumervil (2 QB hits) and Chris Canty (1 QB hit) also got their hands on the Redskins’ quarterbacks.

Overall, it’s hard to believe this game would have ended the way it did had the Ravens starters played all four quarters.  The score might very well have been the other way around, in fact.

Next: Special teams

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