The Ravens are one of the only teams in the league that has been to the playoffs in each of the last three season. If I told you last year that the Redskins first-string offense and defense would play at that level last night, would you believe me?
Without a doubt, any analysis of last night must be made in the context of a preseason match-up. For the first 30 minutes of football, it looked like a real game and felt like a real game, but the second half featured primarily roster-hopefuls.
Certainly, any time a team suffers a setback, the important thing is how they adjust in their preparation. Head coach Mike Shanahan has not revealed how he will approach the fourth and final game this preseason, but it’s more likely that the results of last night will pay dividends in preparation for the regular season.
If tonight was the last dress rehearsal for the regular season, then it was a good cast and plot with only a slight wardrobe malfunction during the final number. Go back to wardrobe and get ready for the Giants.
Redskins players weren’t terribly excited to elaborate on their feelings in the locker room last night, but did share some thoughts on Twitter:
Rookie receiver Leonard Hankerson had a quiet night last night, but didn’t have any drops and came up with a big first down catch:
Veteran linemen Adam Carriker (did not play) and Selvish Capers kept a more global perspective:
The team is getting better and better every day!—
Adam Carriker (@AdamCarriker) August 26, 2011
Rookie receiver Niles Paul saw the greatest action last night in relief of Terrence Austin in the return game:
My body is hurting!—
Niles Paul (@Niles_Paul) August 26, 2011
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