BALTIMORE — This was not the way that Robert Griffin III and the rest of the Redskins’ starting offense wanted to go into the regular season.
For the third time in three preseason games, they were unable to get into the end zone. Griffin completed just five of eight passes for 20 yards with an interception. That adds up to a passer rating of 27.1.
Griffin and the Redskins played the entire first half and squandered some golden opportunities. Their first two drives started in Baltimore territory. On the first one, a 19-yard Alfred Morris run and a pass interference flag set them up with a first-and-goal at the 10.
But then the play calling turned less aggressive as Morris got nothing going into the line twice, and Griffin rolled out and went out of bounds for a four-yard loss. It was the first of three sacks of Griffin in the first half.
A 23-yard Andre Roberts punt return gave the Redskins excellent field position again at the Ravens’ 42. But a muffed snap by Griffin killed the drive and they punted.
They had four possessions in the second quarter and none were very productive. They netted 31 yards, got two first downs and didn’t run a play past their own 27. Griffin looked hesitant but, to be fair, he didn’t have much time to throw.
Jay Gruden had said that he planned on playing the starters only during the first half, but after the Redskins received the second-half kickoff he sent the first team out one more time. He should have left them on the bench.
On the first play, Griffin tried to force the ball into Morris, who had two linebackers in the vicinity. The ball was tipped up in the air as Darryl Smith defended Morris and rookie C. J. Mosley plucked it out of the air. He returned it 17 yards to the Washington nine.