Thursday is the first day of the 2017 NFL season with a sizable slate of games, even if none of them count. But when it comes to a local rivalry between the Redskins and Ravens, both teams want to start the (pre) season with a win.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Eastern. Click here to see if the game is being broadcast in your area.
Washington – 0-0 – 0-0 3
Baltimore– 7-6 – 7-3 23
-The Redskins handled the Ravens in their preseason opener. Here are your biggest takeaways:
-Samaje Perine fumbled
-Ryan Mallett was okay as Ravens starting QB
-Josh Woodrum, filling in for Mallett, went 4/4 with a nice TD pass
-Taquan Mizzell was the leading rusher for Baltimore, totaling 51 yards on 15 carries
Josh Woodrum, come on down! The undrafted QB out of Liberty has his first NFL highlight, floating a 33-yard TD to fellow unknown Raven Tim White. Ravens in command here.
Ravens get on the board first with a short Terrance West touchdown run. The eight-play drive was jumpstarted by a 23-yard pass interference penalty, and an illegal formation penalty on a field goal attempt extended the drive.
We are away in Baltimore. No Flacco for Baltimore, so Ryan Mallett gets the start. That start is a three-and-out.
These teams met during the regular season last year in October. The Redskins eked out a 16-10 win, getting an 85-yard punt return TD from Jamison Crowder and a third quarter TD from Cousins to Garcon. The home team struggled, finishing with 306 but failing to score in the second half.
Garcon is gone, and the Redskins made moves in the offseason to replace him. Terrelle Pryor caught 77 passes for 1,007 yards for the Browns last year, but turned down a bigger deal in Cleveland to take a one year, $8 million deal in Washington.
In Baltimore, the changes on offense are not ones made in free agency. The injury bug struck the Ravens early this year, with running back Kenneth Dixon suffering a season-ending meniscus injury in the early days of training camp. Joe Flacco is also dealing with back issues, which gave the Ravens the unfortunate distinction of being the first team to pass up on signing Colin Kaepernick as a backup option.