The third quarter got off to a rocky start for the Redskins, as they allowed an opening drive for a touchdown, followed by an interception on offense.
While neither of these plays are good, they must be considered in the context that the Ravens had their first-string offense and defense in the game against the Redskins second-stringers. For a game that was as even as it was in the first half, this makes a substantial difference.
The Redskins put together a solid drive behind quarterback John Beck at the end of the quarter. Terrence Austin had three grabs for 56 yards, including the touchdown. Beck went 5-for-6, raising his overall numbers to 6-for-10. The Redskins offense looks to be back in sync.
Running back Roy Helu has entered the game in place of starter Tim Hightower, and has resumed his workhorse role from last week. On the touchdown drive, he had five rushes for 19 yards, and kept the drive from stalling several times.
Lost in the stat line for the drive, was an 11-yard fingertips grab by Leonard Hankerson on the sidelines, for a first down. Hankerson talked about his need to be perfect after last weeke’s game, and this was a great start to his involvement in the game tonight.
Going into the fourth and final frame, the Redskins are back on top in what is turning into a shootout, 28-21.
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