It was far from a flawless performance by Haskins, despite his lack of turnovers. He made very few throws downfield and was at times inaccurate on even the shortest of passes. He took sacks in a couple of situations in which he should have thrown the ball away, including on a drive early in the fourth quarter that turned a first and goal at the Baltimore 15-yard line into a second and goal at the Baltimore 33.
With a chance to make up for that mistake on fourth and goal two plays later, Haskins inexplicably threw a short pass to wide receiver Isaiah Wright, who was nearly 10 yards short of the goal line when he caught the ball, rather than look for a receiver in the end zone.
Lamar Jackson gives Washington’s defense fits: Having Chase Young no doubt would have helped against the reigning league MVP, but the rookie’s absence with a groin injury wasn’t the difference in the game. Jackson’s final passing numbers weren’t spectacular — 14 for 21 for 193 yards, two touchdowns and an interception — but he made the play of the game with his legs, a career-best 50-yard touchdown run that gave the Ravens a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter. Baltimore guard Bradley Bozeman sprang Jackson with a key block on Washington safety Troy Apke, and the third-year quarterback did the rest, shaking off Landon Collins with a stiff-arm and avoiding cornerback Ronald Darby’s attempted tackle at the goal line after it appeared Jackson had begun celebrating a second too early.
Washington did a solid job limiting Jackson’s effectiveness as a runner outside of his touchdown. He finished with a team-leading 53 yards rushing on seven carries and was sacked once.
Antonio Gibson gets involved: On Friday, Coach Ron Rivera suggested that Gibson, Washington’s rookie running back, was “really close” to having a breakout performance. It came against the Ravens. Gibson demonstrated the versatility that Rivera and his fellow coaches raved about during training camp by making plays when he lined up in the backfield and as a wide receiver.
Gibson showcased his quickness on his first carry, bouncing a run outside for a 10-yard gain. He also did some tough running between the tackles, including a two-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Gibson eclipsed 100 total yards for the first time in his career, with 46 yards rushing and another 82 yards receiving on four catches.
The third-round pick became the first Washington rookie to rush for a touchdown in three consecutive games since Robert Griffin III, who made an appearance and threw an interception for the Ravens late in the fourth quarter, and Alfred Morris both did it in 2012.
Ron Rivera fights through a tough day: It was a tiring week for Washington’s head coach, who missed Wednesday’s practice and part of Thursday’s workout for reasons related to the treatment regimen he’s undergoing for squamous cell carcinoma. Washington players and coaches wore “Rivera Strong” T-shirts during warmups, and Rivera said he was touched by the more than 400 cardboard cutouts of his friends, family members and former players that the team placed in a corner of the lower level at FedEx Field and surprised him with before the game.
CBS showed Rivera sitting on a bench on the Washington sideline during breaks in the action and for much of the Ravens’ first drive of the third quarter. After the game, Rivera said there were moments he felt strong but others when he felt as if his energy had waned.
If he was in a hurry to get to the locker room late in the fourth quarter, he didn’t show it, bucking his clock-management philosophy from the past two weeks to call a couple of timeouts after the two-minute warning in an effort to try to get the ball back.
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