- The largest announced crowd in the history of M&T Bank Stadium was treated at halftime to … the Baltimore Ravens band playing Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. Just surreal.
- Credit where credit’s due, though: this is a very nice stadium, and a gorgeous press box. AND they not only offer the apparently-traditional hot dogs at halftime, but a full meal including crabcakes and green beans, which is nice.
- The defense holds after the Ravens take the opening kickoff, but the offense can’t return the favor, going three and out and punting the ball. The miracle halftime adjustments I was hoping for don’t seem to be taking effect yet.
- On third and 1, the Ravens run a fake QB dive that turns into a throwback to Willis McGahee, which he takes over the left side of the line. It’s a successful play, earning the first down, but it brings two things to mind. First, I absolutely hate the play call; it’s the kind of thing that would infuriate me if the Redskins ran it, even if it worked. And, second, I honestly think that if Chris Horton had been in on that play, he sheds the block (that took out Michael Green) and makes the stop. It’s an impossible thing to prove, of course, but I think they’re missing him out there.
- Well, the defense is getting tired, and understandably so. After going to heroics (to use a Zorn-ism) to keep the score this close, they give up a 19 yard pass to the tight end on fourth and one and let the Ravens drive all the way to their 14 yards line. And even then, even as wiped out as they must be, they hold the Ravens to a field goal. The offense absolutely has to get on the board this drive, if for no other reason than to keep the defense off the field and let them get some rest. Redskins 0, Ravens 17.
- Mike Sellers has been the best weapon the Redskins have this game, and I’m not sure that’s a good thing. He’s a talented player, a big guy with quicker feet than you’d expect and a metric ton of heart, but when he’s driving your offense, it probably means something has gone awry.
- And after the offense goes three and out — the exact opposite of what the defense would’ve liked to see — it’s Sellers who makes the tackle on the punt. That guy is really a complete player.
- The Ravens inexplicably stop running the ball and LaRon Landry makes his first interception off anyone other than Matt Hasselbeck. This absolutely must turn into a touchdown, really. (And nice work by Landry, making my criticism of last quarter look absolutely wrong. I’d like to be wrong about things like that more often, please.)