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Preseason Week 2: Ravens 23, Redskins 3

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The Redskins dropped to 1-1 in preseason with a 23-3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday night at FedExField.

Donovan McNabb played the first half at quarterback and completed 11-of-26 throws for 206 yards and one interception in a game plan that focused heavily on the passing game.

The Redskins' ground game was stifled by an aggressive Ravens defense. Five running backs rushed for just 25 yards on 14 carries and starter Larry Johnson had eight carries for four yards.

Mistakes did the Redskins in.

A week after going 4-for-4 in the red zone in a 42-17 pounding of the Buffalo Bills, the offense was 0-for-3 against the Ravens. They committed four turnovers, including two in the red zone.

The defense yielded 146 yards on the ground, a total that included a fake punt that fooled the Redskins and led to the Ravens' first touchdown.

And Graham Gano missed a 47-yard field goal at the end of the first half.

-- FIRST QUARTER

The Redskins held a 3-0 lead over the Ravens at the end of the first quarter.

On the Redskins' opening possession of the game, Donovan McNabb tossed a 45-yard pass to Anthony Armstrong to the Ravens' 7-yard line. Armstrong was in double coverage but he turned away from defenders and made a remarkable sliding catch.

One play later, McNabb appeared to connect with Fred Davis on a 7-yard touchdown pass, but Davis could not keep both feet in bounds in the back of the end zone.

The Redskins had to settle for a 25-yard field goal by Gano.

Meantime, the Redskins' first-team defense was swarming around the Ravens' ball-carriers and yielded just 43 yards in the quarter. The secondary was particularly active, with LaRon Landry, Carlos Rogers and DeAngelo Hall each recording tackles on the Ravens' opening drive.

-- SECOND QUARTER

The Redskins trailed the Ravens 13-3 at halftime.

McNabb played the entire first half and led just one scoring drive. His interception came midway through the quarter on a deep throw to Santana Moss. Cornerback Cary Williams stepped in front of the pass and returned the ball to the Redskins' 37-yard line.

One play later, Hall tackled Stallworth and jarred the ball loose from his hands, forcing a fumble. London Fletcher pounced on it for a fumble recovery.

Midway through the quarter, with the game tied at 3-3, the Ravens used a trick play to get into scoring range.

The Ravens were in punt formation at the 48-yard line, but the snap went to punt protector Haruki Nakamura instead of punter Sam Koch. Nakamura raced into a huge hole to the right and into open field. He eluded a tackle by Redskins returner Brandon Banks and was finally pulled down at the 1-yard line by Lorenzo Alexander.

Next play, running back Willis McGahee pushed across the goal line behind left tackle Michael Oher to give the Ravens a 10-3 lead.

Billy Cundiff, who had a 26-yard field goal early in the quarter, added a 42-yard field goal with 54 seconds left to widen the Ravens' lead.

-- THIRD QUARTER

The Redskins fell behind 20-3 to the Ravens in the third quarter.

Marc Bulger was the Ravens' quarterback and midway through the quarter he led the offense on a lengthy scoring drive that started at the 6-yard line.

Bulger completed a 22-yard pass to wide receiver David Reed and a 24-yard pass to tight end Dennis Pitta to move the offense into scoring range.

The 8-minute drive was capped by a 3-yard touchdown run by running back Jalen Parmelee.

Rex Grossman took over at quarterback for the Redskins and late in the quarter he started to generate some momentum.

Grossman tossed a 29-yard pass to Banks and connected with Keiland Williams on a 23-yard gain as the offense moved to the Ravens' 18-yard line.

On 4th-and-4, the Redskins opted to go for the first down instead of another field goal attempt. Grossman dropped back to pass, but linebacker Jason Phillips burst through the line and quickly sacked him. Grossman fumbled and Phillips pounced on the ball for the recovery.

-- FOURTH QUARTER

Grossman led two fourth quarter drives into Ravens territory but the offense turned the ball over both times.

Midway through the quarter, Grossman threw a short pass to Davis, who turned up-field for a 37-yard gain. He followed that up with a 12-yard toss to Roydell Williams.

The offense moved to the Ravens' 10-yard line, but Grossman's pass to Williams was intercepted by safety Ken Hamlin.

With 21 seconds left in the game, the Redskins had moved to the Ravens' 26-yard line. Next play, Grossman was sacked by linebacker Prescott Burgess and the ball popped loose. Phillips was there for another fumble recovery.

Grossman finished the game with 14-of-21 completions for 195 yards and one interception.

For the Ravens, kicker Shayne Graham had a 24-yard field goal to round out the scoring.

Albert Haynesworth and Robert Henson each recorded sacks of Ravens' third-string quarterback Troy Smith in the quarter.

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PRE-GAME COVERAGE

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The Redskins host the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday, Aug. 21 at FedExField in the second preseason game for both teams.

FedExField is a natural grass surface. The stadium seats 91,704.

It's the fifth time in the last seven years that the Redskins and Ravens have squared off in preseason.

The Redskins are coming off a convincing 42-17 victory over the Buffalo Bills at FedExField in their preseason opener.

The Ravens opened their preseason with a 17-12 win over the Carolina Panthers at M&T Bank Stadium.

The game will be televised locally on NBC-4 and Comcast SportsNet. It will be televised nationally on NFL Network. Mike Patrick handles the play-by-play with color commentary provided by Joe Theismann. Former Redskin Rick 'Doc' Walker reports from the sidelines.

On radio, the game will be broadcast locally on ESPN 980 and the Redskins Radio Network. Larry Michael calls the play-by-play with former Redskins and Hall of Famers Sonny Jurgensen and Sam Huff adding color commentary. Scott Linn reports from the sidelines.

The Redskins are 112-115-2 in preseason play since 1961, including last week's victory over the Bills.

The Redskins' first preseason road trip is to the East Rutherford, N.J., on the New York Jets at the new Meadowlands Stadium.

In Week 4 of preseason, the Redskins go west to take on the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium.


PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS

OFFENSE
Pos. Redskins Ravens
WR 89 Santana Moss 85 Derrick Mason
LT 72 Trent Williams 74 Michael Oher
LG 66 Derrick Dockery 66 Ben Grubbs
C 61 Casey Rabach 77 Matt Birk
RG 75 Artis Hicks 73 Marshall Yanda
RT 74 Stephon Heyer 71 Jared Gaither
TE 47 Chris Cooley 86 Todd Heap
WR 84 Joey Galloway 81 Anquan Boldin
QB 5 Donovan McNabb 5 Joe Flacco
FB 45 Mike Sellers 33 Le'Ron McClain
RB 26 Clinton Portis 27 Ray Rice
DEFENSE
Pos. Redskins Ravens
DE 94 Adam Carriker 92 Haloti Ngata
NT 96 Ma'ake Kemoeatu 97 Kelly Gregg
DE 64 Kedric Golston 93 Cory Redding
OLB 99 Andre Carter 55 Terrell Suggs
ILB 59 London Fletcher 53 Jameel McClain
ILB 52 Rocky McIntosh 52 Ray Lewis
OLB 98 Brian Orakpo 95 Jarret Johnson
LCB 23 DeAngelo Hall 25 Chris Carr
RCB 22 Carlos Rogers 31 Fabian Washington
SS 30 LaRon Landry 26 Dawan Landry
FS 41 Kareem Moore 20 Ed Reed
SPECIAL TEAMS
Pos. Redskins Ravens
P 6 Josh Bidwell 4 Sam Koch
K 4 Graham Gano 17 Shayne Graham
H 6 Josh Bidwell 4 Sam Koch
LS 57 Nick Sundberg 70 Matt Katula
KOR 11 Devin Thomas 34 Jalen Parmelee
PR 31 Phillip Buchanon 25 Chris Carr


SERIES HISTORY

The Redskins and Baltimore Ravens have played five times in the preseason, with the Ravens leading the series 3-2.

The Redskins and Ravens have played three times at FedExField, the most recent being on Aug. 25, 2007, when the Redskins won 13-7. The game was called early in the third quarter due to an incoming thunderstorm.

Last year at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, the Ravens defeated the Redskins 23-0 in the preseason opener for both clubs. It was just the second time the Redskins and Ravens played a preseason game in Baltimore.

In the regular season, the two franchises have played four times, with the Ravens holding a 3-1 series lead.

On Dec. 7, 2008, the Ravens defeated the Redskins 24-10 at M&T Bank Stadium in the last regular season matchup between the I-95 rivals.


TALE OF THE TAPE

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REDSKINS 2009 RANKINGS
Offense Rank Yards/Game
Total Offense 22 312.5
Rushing Offense 27 94.4
Passing Offense 16 218.1
Defense Rank Yards/Game
Total Defense 10 319.7
Rushing Defense 16 112.4
Passing Defense 8 207.2

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RAVENS 2009 RANKINGS
Offense Rank Yards/Game
Total Offense 13 351.2
Rushing Offense 5 137.5
Passing Offense 18 213.7
Defense Rank Yards/Game
Total Defense 3


FAMILIAR FACES ON THE RAVENS

Quarterbacks coach Jim Zorn served as head coach of the Redskins from 2008-09. He was relieved of his duties as head coach following the 2009 season as the Redskins finished with a 4-12 record. In two years, Zorn posted a 12-20 record with the Redskins.

Senior offensive consultant Al Saunders served as associate head coach-offense for the Redskins in 2006-07. He called offensive plays on Joe Gibbs' staff during those two years and helped guide the Redskins to a playoff berth in 2007.

Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron was the quarterbacks coach for the Redskins from 1994-96. He helped develop the skills of quarterbacks Trent Green and Gus Frerotte during his tenure in Washington.

Assistant strength and conditioning coach John "Mother" Dunn served as head strength and conditioning coach for the Redskins from 2004-05.

Director of player personnel Eric DeCosta had his first NFL experience with a 1995 internship with the Redskins' player personnel department.

Cornerback Doug Dutch, a Washington, D.C., native, was on the Redskins' practice squad in 2009. He rejoined the team for 2010 training camp but he was traded to the Ravens on Aug. 3 for quarterback John Beck.


REDSKINS-RAVENS NEWS & NOTES

-- A New And Improved FedExField

The Redskins have announced new improvements to FedExField for the 2010 season.

Among the improvements to the facility include the installation of new HD video boards, a complete replacement of the stadium's video control room, a new text message traffic alert system, installation of the locker of the late Sean Taylor for viewing on the club level, and club level party decks.

"Everything we are doing is focused on continuing to improve the gameday experience for fans at FedExField," Redskins chief 0perating officer David P. Donovan said. "We believe fans will really feel the impact of these improvements."

The HD video boards are accompanied by eight new digital ribbon boards to provide fans with out-of-town scores, statistics and more, all monitored and operated from a state-of-the-art control room located on the Owner's Club Level.

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The improvements will allow for simultaneous multi-angle game highlights and replays, game graphics and other high definition content.

"When the stadium was first built, high definition didn't exist at the time in this capacity," Redskins owner Daniel M. Snyder said. "So we said, 'Hey, this is a real opportunity,' so we upgraded it...It's important that we keep up with the quality of entertainment. This is really state of the art."

-- Traffic Alerts Via Text Messaging

For the 2010 season, the Redskins are providing traffic alerts via text message, giving fans access to regular updates on the best routes to use to get to FedExField on gameday.

The service provides information on gameday bottlenecks to avoid up until kickoff, as well as announcements on any post-game traffic issues that arise to help fans get to and from the stadium for every home game.

Redskins staff monitor traffic on the Beltway, Landover Road, Arena Drive and Central Avenue to provide up-to-the-minute updates. Fans can opt-in to these alerts by completing the signup form at www.redskins.com/trafficalerts.

The Redskins also have updated route guidance to the stadium to give fans alternatives to Beltway exits 15, 16 and 17, including turn-by-turn guidance so fans from Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia can enter the stadium grounds from the west on either Landover Road or Central Avenue. This information and more can be found online at www.redskins.com/parking.

-- How the Redskins' 80-Man Roster Was Built

The Redskins have 25 players on the roster that the team drafted, including 2010 first-round pick Trent Williams and 2009 supplemental draft pick Jeremy Jarmon.

Mike Sellers is the longest-tenured Redskins. He had a stint with the Redskins in 1998-2000 and rejoined the team in 2004.

Washington has used unrestricted free agency to acquire 29 players, including Casey Rabach in 2005, Andre Carter in 2006, London Fletcher in 2007, DeAngelo Hall in 2008, Albert Haynesworth in 2009 and Ma'ake Kemoeatu in 2010.

Nine Redskins players were acquired as undrafted rookie free agents. This group includes offensive linemen Stephon Heyer and Edwin Williams and cornerback Byron Westbrook, all local products.

The team has acquired six players via trade: Clinton Portis, Santana Moss, Donovan McNabb, Adam Carriker, Jammal Brown and John Beck.

The Redskins have claimed just one player off waivers: cornerback Ramzee Robinson.

-- Rabach And the Ravens

Casey Rabach got his NFL start with the Ravens, the team that drafted him in the third round of the 2001 draft.

In 2004, the year before he signed with the Redskins, Rabach started 15 games at center and one at left guard for the Ravens.

The 6-1, 305-pounder had paved the way for Jamal Lewis's third consecutive 1,000-yard rushing season in 2004 and helped the Ravens' offense compile more than 2,000 rushing yards on the season.

At the time, the Ravens were committed to Mike Flynn as their long-term answer at center, though.

"I knew the day was coming when I would leave [Baltimore]," Rabach said after signing with the Redskins. "[The Ravens] had their starting center up there and they made that clear when they signed Mike back. There are no ill feelings toward them. It was just time to move on.

"What a great feeling it was to come down here to Washington. Everything kind of fell into place."

Since joining the Redskins, Rabach has missed just one game. Flynn has since moved on from the Ravens. He was with New England in preseason earlier this year.

-- Barnes' Local Ties

Cornerback Kevin Barnes grew up in Glen Burnie, Md., and played college football at the University of Maryland, so one would expect he might feel a connection to the Baltimore Ravens. That could not be further from the truth.

"I was never a Ravens fan," Barnes said. "In fact the Ravens weren't even [in Baltimore] when I first moved to Maryland. It has always been the Redskins."

The Ravens were the team that Barnes played against in his first NFL preseason game last year. He found himself getting blocked by 6-year veteran cornerback and fellow Maryland alum Domonique Foxworth on punt coverage.

"He definitely introduced me to the NFL," Barnes said, smiling. "But now I'm a year older, a year stronger, and a year more experienced, so I'm ready for anyone."

Foxworth, incidentally, is on Ravens' injured reserve with a knee ligament injury.

-- Landry Brothers

The Landry brothers -- Redskins' LaRon and Ravens' Dawan -- had hoped to play against each other in an NFL regular season game for the first time on Dec. 7, 2008.

But Dawan suffered a neck injury earlier that season. He was eventually placed on injured reserve.

They played together on the same NFL field for the first time last year at M&T Bank Stadium. The Ravens won that game 23-0.

LaRon was the Redskins' first-round draft pick in 2007. Dawan Landry was the Ravens' fifth-round draft pick in 2006.

Last year, LaRon's third as a starter in the Redskins' secondary, he recorded 90 tackles, one sack, one interception and six passes defended.

One of his three career interceptions was off Ravens' quarterback Joe Flacco in the Dec. 7, 2008 game at M&T Bank Stadium.

-- Beck's Back

In early August, the Redskins acquired quarterback John Beck from the Ravens in exchange for cornerback Doug Dutch.

Beck, a 2007 second-round draft pick by the Miami Dolphins, is a fourth-year quarterback competing for a backup job on the Redskins.

He admits it's going to feel weird competing against a team he played for just a few weeks ago.

"When I was watching tape of them, I felt like I was watching practice tape," Beck said. "I'm so used to watching the Ravens defense in practice every day during the offeeason. So I'm very familiar with them.

"You know what's awesome is that in just two weeks, I feel like a Redskin. That quick. I spend all my time here, I'm really trying to be the best I can be for this team. And the Ravens are my old team.

"I'll be out there watching my old team, but I don't feel like a part of that team. I feel like a Redskin."

-- Maryland O-Line Connections

Redskins' offensive linemen Stephon Heyer and Edwin Williams and Ravens' offensive tackle Jared Gaither were all teammates at the University of Maryland from 2005-06.

Heyer joined Washington as an undrafted rookie in 2007 and has emerged as a starting-caliber right tackle.

Williams started two games as a rookie last year.

Gaither joined the Ravens as a fifth-round selection in the NFL's Supplemental Draft in 2007. He started 11 games at left tackle for the Ravens last season.

-- PLAY 60 With Redskins and Playworks!

Playworks, a national non-profit organization dedicated to giving every child the chance to play every day, will share its expertise in play and physical activity just before the Redskins-Ravens game.

Playworks will be running fun games for children ages 4-12 just outside the Sprint Gate from 3 p.m. until kickoff. This area will be called the Redskins PLAY 60 Playzone.

Games played in the Playzone will include classic and new games like "Four-Square," "Switch," and variations of tag. The games will be easy to learn and fun. The Playzone environment will be high-energy, inclusive of everyone regardless of skill level, and accessibility.

For more information visit www.playworksusa.org.

-- FedExField Attendance

FedExField is the largest stadium in the NFL with 91,704 seats.

It is more than 11,000 seats ahead of the second biggest stadium, the new Cowboys Stadium. (Cowboys Stadium is expandabe to seat up to 100,000.)

The Redskins set a single-game attendance record--90,910--in a Dec. 30, 2007 game against the Cowboys.

-- What's Next?

After the Ravens preseason game, the Redskins travel to North Jersey to take on the New York Jets on Friday, Aug. 27 at the new Meadowlands Stadium.

It's the second time in the last three years the Redskins and Jets have played in the preseason. In 2008, the Redskins prevailed 13-10 over the Jets.

The third preseason game is a pivotal one for many on the roster. First preseason cuts are due on Aug. 31, four days after the Jets game.

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