Redskins narrowly defeat Ravens 16-10

Adam Bihi, Staff Writer

For the first time this season, The Washington Redskins are over .500 with a 3-2 record after beating the Baltimore Ravens 16-10 at MT&T Stadium. Despite the fact that it wasn’t a pretty win, Washington wins their 3rd straight game thanks to the efforts of Jamison Crowder and the Redskins defense. The opening drive for the Ravens was productive as 3rd year running back Terrance West ripped the Redskins defense for a 35 yard run setting up former Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco connecting with TE Crockett Gilmore on a 7 yard touchdown pass. The Redskins responded to the touchdown by driving to the 46 yard line when Kirk Cousins had an incomplete pass to TE Jordan Reed which led to a Tress Way punt. The Ravens failed to capitalize on the Redskins 3 and out, only just getting to their own 40 yard line. The Ravens would regret not capitalizing on the Redskins misfortune as Jamison Crowder returned the Ravens punt for an 85 yard touchdown, The first Redskins punt return for a touchdown since 2008. The Ravens could only muster a 31 yard field goal from Justin Tucker to start the 2nd quarter.


For the rest of the 2nd quarter the Ravens and Redskins couldn’t score as Washington running back Matt Jones had a costly fumble that cost the Redskins a chance to score. The Ravens drived to the Redskins 17 yard line and on 4th and 12, Baltimore made one of the most puzzling decisions as Ravens kicker Justin Tucker attempted a fake field goal, ending up as an incomplete pass. The Redskins relied on kicker Dustin Hopkins to score a 56 yard field goal in order to cut the lead by 1 to end the half, but the field goal winded up just being short. The 3rd quarter was arguably the most productive the Redskins were all game as the defense held the Ravens to 0 points and Kirk Cousins connected with Pierre Garçon for a 21 yard touchdown to give Washington the lead. The next time the Redskins got the ball back, It nearly costed them the game as Cousins threw a interception to linebacker C.J Mosley who appeared to score a touchdown for the Ravens but fumbled the ball inside of the end zone, giving Washington the ball back at the 20 yard line. The Redskins ended up scoring a 27 yard field goal by Dustin Hopkins thanks to the fumble by Mosley.

The 4th and final quarter of the game nearly came down to the wire as both teams could not score. Kirk Cousins overthrew Desean Jackson on a important 3rd down, giving the Ravens the ball back with 2 minutes left. Joe Flacco led the Ravens down the field, making clutch and veteran plays. Flacco appeared to throw the game winning touchdown to Breshad Perriman with 39 seconds left. Washington’s star cornerback Josh Norman noticed that Perriman’s left foot was out of bounds. After reviewing the play, The ref’s reverted the touchdown giving the Redskins hope that they could stop the Ravens offense. They were correct as linebacker Will Compton made a crucial 4th down hit on Ravens receiver Mike Wallace, giving the Redskins the win and improving their record to 3-2. The Ravens responded to the loss by firing their offensive coordinator Mark Trestman. The Redskins return to FedEx Field to face the 3-1 Eagles led by rookie Quarterback Carson Wentz, While the Ravens travel to Rutherford Stadium to face the New York Giants hoping to win with new offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg.