As the reigning National Football League Most Valuable Player, Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, scampered virtually untouched for a 50-yard touchdown during the second quarter, it was painfully apparent the Washington Football Team was on its way to a third-consecutive loss.
With the outcome a forgone conclusion, Baltimore let off the gas, but still managed to cruise to an easy 31-17 victory over Washington at FedEx Field.
Simply put, the Ravens are better in all three phases of the game and a minimal effort by a superior squad was more than enough to secure the win. Their offense toyed with Washington defenders, the defense tallied three sacks and a forced fumble and their special teams added a fake punt … seemingly just for giggles.
After throwing three interceptions against the Cleveland Browns last week, quarterback Dwayne Haskins responded by completing 32 of 45 attempts for career-high 314 yards and a 90.4 passer rating. By no means was the second-year pro perfect, but he avoided turnovers and, for the most part, made better decisions with the ball against a stout Baltimore defense.
Rookie running back Antonio Gibson, who continues to shine as both a ball carrier and pass catcher, finished the game with 128 total yards and his third touchdown in as many games. Receiver Terry McLaurin, who was questionable coming into the game due to an apparent thigh injury, still managed to haul in 10 catches for 118 yards on the day. On the other side of the ball, cornerback Kendall Fuller had two interceptions, picking off both Jackson and backup Robert Griffin III. But these individual efforts weren’t nearly enough to keep Washington in the game as Baltimore jumped ahead early and never looked back.