Baltimore Ravens quarterback and reigning NFL MVP Lamar Jackson did a little bit of everything to hand the Washington Football Team its third consecutive loss of the season Sunday by the score of 31-17.
Jackson threw for 193 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. He also led his team in rushing with 53 yards, with most of that total coming from a 50-yard touchdown scamper in the second quarter to go up by two scores after running back Mark Ingram plowed into the end zone from one yard out with just over two minutes remaining in the first quarter.
Though Washington was dominated throughout most of the game, the Burgundy and Gold did score on their ensuing drive when second-year quarterback Dwayne Haskins led a 10-play, 75-yard drive capped off by a 1-yard touchdown run by rookie running back Antonio Gibson.
“I thought Dwayne had his moments,” said Washington head coach Ron Rivera of Haskins’ performance. “He’s still developing and still learning. He made some plays and he missed some plays. This is all a growing and learning process for him.”
With the difference split 14-7, Baltimore pushed the pedal to the metal and never stopped offensively. With just under two minutes remaining before halftime, Jackson hit tight end Mark Andrews in the back of the end zone from 25 yards out to go up by two scores.
Though Jackson had an efficient performance, he did make a mistake on the Ravens’ next offensive possession.
Washington Football Team defensive back Kendall Fuller hauled in one of his two interceptions on the day, and Washington kicker Dustin Hopkins converted that mistake into points. Despite missing a field goal earlier in the half, Hopkins banged through a 43-yard field goal to make it 21-10 going into intermission.
However, Baltimore simply had more firepower offensively, and the defense held Haskins in check (314 yards, 0 INT, 0 TD) except for a rushing score in garbage time.
Andrews hauled in his second touchdown grab from 22 yards out on Baltimore’s first possession of the second half, and it was downhill from there. Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker booted a 46-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter, and they had enough insurance to coast to their third win of the season.
Washington wide receiver Terry McLaurin continues to carve up NFL defenses as he corralled 10 receptions on 14 targets for 118 yards, and Gibson touted the rock 13 times for 46 yards and a score.
“I thought we used him the way we need to use him to be successful,” said Rivera about the usage rate of Gibson. “I think part of it was is just his tremendous athletic ability as a football player.”
Though Washington’s defense has been stout up to this point, Baltimore moved the chains easily, notching 350 total yards on 6.3 yards per play.
Washington will have an opportunity to bounce back at home against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.