The Baltimore Ravens visited FedEx Field on Monday to put an end to the scheduled games part of Preseason Week 2 while trying to beat the Washington Commanders on their way to winning a 25th consecutive mid-summer matchup.
The Commies were so determined to ruin the party that they used most of their starters for the largest part of the game against Ravens second, third, and fourth stringers. Just imagine!
And all Washington could do was edge Baltimore by a tiny little point in their 29-28 victory in their stadium. The Commanders needed all but nine seconds to do that and a 49-yard field goal. Sheesh... What a long season is ahead for Washington.
Here are some of the winners and losers from Monday's 29-28 defeat of the Baltimore Ravens at the foot of the Commies kicker.
Winner: TEs Charlie Kolar and Travis Vokolek
I know, this is blatant cheating, but bear with me for a minute.
There is no way these two can be considered true winners at the same time coming off the second week of preseason play.
The reason for that is obvious: Baltimore already has a TE1 in Mark Andrews and a locked-in backup TE2 in Isaiah Likely. There is little to no chance the Ravens go with four tight ends into the regular season, which means there is only room for a TE3 to be won by one of Kolar or Vokolek.
Kolar didn't found paydirt on Monday but he caught a couple of passes for 61 yards easily. Vokolek fell shorter on the yardage department (28) but on the other hand he scored two touchdowns on three receptions.
All through training camp it's been reported that Kolar has a little edge over Vokolek as a better pass catcher and blocker boasting a more rounded and complete skill set.
Odds are Kolar ends up getting named TE3 in the final 53-man roster, but it's going to sting to find out someone snatched Vokolek off waivers once the Ravens put him there after they make the final roster cuts later this month. The UDFA rookie out of Nebraska surely merits a chance elsewhere.