April 27, 2018

Poor offensive performance dooms Ravens in 16-10 loss to Redskins

A dreadful offensive performance that resulted in eight punts caused the Ravens to drop their second home game in a row

Baltimore Ravens' Joe Flacco walks off the field after throwing an incomplete pass on fourth down in the final minute of Sunday's game. (Nick Wass / AP)

For the second time in a row, the Ravens (3-2) have fallen to the Redskins (3-2) in the “Beltway Battle.”

With the exception of the first drive, which started off with impressive runs by running back Terrance West and a Joe Flacco touchdown pass to Crockett Gillmore, Baltimore’s offense was pathetic.

Even when the Ravens moved the ball, they failed to capitalize on opportunities to put points on the scoreboard. All but two of Baltimore’s offensive drives ended in either a punt (eight) or a turnover on downs.

Additionally, Baltimore also attempted a horrendous fake field goal.

This play erased a forced fumble and recovery by linebacker Zachary Orr, which was deep in Redskins territory and would’ve been an easy three points for the Ravens.

For Washington, two negatives equaled a positive as quarterback Kirk Cousins threw an interception to Ravens’ linebacker C.J. Mosley, which was then fumbled into the end zone for a Redskins touchback. This negated a chance for Baltimore to score and gave Washington a new set of downs at the 25-yard line.

To make matters worse, Mosley injured his hamstring on the embarrassing play.

The Ravens’ defense was fantastic as they only allowed the Redskins to score one offensive touchdown while forcing six punts.

Baltimore’s special teams got off to a terrible start as Redskins’ wide receiver Jamison Crowder returned a punt 85 yards to the end zone.

If your defense and special teams only let up 16 points and you still lose, your offense needs to step it up.

West held his ground against Washington, picking up 95 yards on only 11 carries.

Flacco threw for 210 yards and one touchdown, but he failed to pick up first downs on a consistent basis. It didn’t help that his best receiver, Steve Smith, Sr., injured his ankle in the first quarter.

Let’s not completely blame Flacco for a poor offensive outing. Some of his incompletions were a product of dropped balls from his receivers.

Cousins did what he had to do in order to beat Baltimore by limiting his mistakes and completing 29 of his 41 pass attempts for 260 yards and one score.

Cousins’ lone touchdown pass was a 21-yard bomb to wide receiver Pierre Garcon, which gave the Redskins a lead they wouldn’t lose. After having a quiet game against Cleveland, Garcon led Washington in receiving yards and receiving touchdowns against the Ravens.

If Baltimore wants make the postseason, the Ravens cannot continue to perform so poorly on offense.

Baltimore will head to New Jersey to take on the Giants on Sunday, Oct. 16.

About Conner Scott Disotelle 53 Articles
Conner Scott Disotelle is an alumni of Urbana High School and is a current Sport Communication major at Shepherd University. Conner has been an NFL enthusiast since he was 8 years old and his passion for the game will never burn out. Conner has high school experience in football and lacrosse and has collegiate experience in rugby. In May of 2016, Conner joined Maryland Sports Access with the intention of being a beat writer for the Ravens and he hasn't looked back since then. Conner aspires to be an NFL journalist for NFL Network, CBS, NBC, FOX, or ESPN and also plans on writing articles for NFL.com one day.

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