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NFL Preseason Week 3 Game Recap: Baltimore Ravens 37, Washington Football Team 3

Aug 28, 2021; Landover, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Tyler Huntley (2) throws a touchdown pass against the Washington Football Team in the third quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Ravens made history by beating the Washington Football Team 37-3 in Week 3 of the 2021 NFL preseason, the franchise's 20th straight preseason victory.

The Ravens haven’t lost a preseason matchup since 2015, and this contest was never in doubt. However, the game may well be remembered for the unfortunate injury to J.K. Dobbins early on — the thing every head coach fears as they try to give their starters valuable reps in games that don’t count for real.


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Baltimore Ravens

Quarterbacks

Lamar Jackson got the start and played just the first series on offense. He delivered a couple of nice passes but also found himself under pressure multiple times and was sacked twice.

Dropbacks Big-time Throws Adjusted comp. % Yards per attempt
Lamar Jackson 6 0 75% 7.3
Tyler Huntley 36 4 75% 8.6

Jackson gave way to Tyler Huntley, who was phenomenal from that point forward. Huntley accounted for five total touchdowns, four passing and one rushing, and completed 24-of-33 pass attempts for 285 yards.

Huntley recorded four big-time throws in the game and didn’t commit a turnover-worthy play. Only a couple of missed passes stopped this from being a near-perfect game from Jackson’s backup.

Running backs

J.K. Dobbins got the start and looked sharp before he hyperextended his left knee on a tackle on a screen. He was carted to the locker room shortly after. Nate McCrary got the majority of the carries for the remainder of the game but was the only Ravens back who struggled to find space to run the ball.

Receivers

Binjimin Victor had an impressive game, catching all five targets sent his way from Huntley for 85 yards and a touchdown. He showed impressive body control and some run-after-the-catch skills.

Routes Run Targets Receptions Yards 1st Down/TD
Binjimin Victor 9 5 5 85 5
Devin Duvernay 19 5 4 47 3
Deon Cain 15 5 1 5 0
James Proche 19 4 4 52 3
Tylan Wallace 27 3 3 27 2
Offensive Line

Baltimore’s starting offensive line seemed to have its hands full early with Washington’s backups, but things settled down once the backup offensive line came into the game.

Pending review, none of the Ravens linemen allowed more than a single pressure all game, and three of them were pass blocking for 20 or more snaps.

Defensive Line

The Ravens will have been hoping to see more from Odafe Oweh, their first-round rookie, given how much playing time he was given. Oweh played 21 snaps, 17 of which were pass rushes, but he managed just one solitary pressure pending review.

Oweh was working against a quarterback getting rid of the ball quickly for much of the time, but he still failed to show much in the way of quickly won reps.

Linebackers

Baltimore played their starters for a period, and Patrick Queen flashed playmaking ability on his time on the field. He played 16 total snaps, and four of them were pass rushes on the blitz.

Patrick Queen Snaps By Facet
Run defense 6
Pass Rush 4
Coverage 6
Total 16

Queen recorded two pressures on those four rushes, including a hit on the quarterback that forced an incomplete pass on a third-down play early in the game.

Secondary

Baltimore’s starters played a hand full of snaps before leaving the backups to take the game the rest of the way. Cornerback Chris Westry was the most targeted player in the secondary, seeing seven passes thrown his way and giving up three catches for 36 yards, each catch resulting in a first down.

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Washington Football Team

Quarterbacks

Kyle Allen dropped a dime to Dax Milne down the sideline, but only after struggling for most of the first half. Allen completed just 10-of-22 pass attempts but largely because of four drops from his running backs.

Dropbacks Big-time throws Turnover-worthy plays Yards per attempt
Kyle Allen 22 1 0 4.5
Steven Montez 10 0 0 2.8

Allen posted an adjusted completion rate of 73.7% despite throwing 6.2 yards downfield on average. Steven Montez played the second half but got little going, even though the team called some zone-read plays to help settle him in.

Running backs

The Washington Football Team managed just 11 rush yards in the first half and ended the game with 45.

Jaret Patterson, who had been the star of the preseason for them to date, lost a yard on two carries and dropped three targets in the passing game.

Receivers

Antonio Gandy-Golden has been increasing his role in the offense throughout the preseason and led the team with six targets and four catches.

Routes run Targets Receptions Yards First Downs
Antonio Gandy-Golden 23 6 4 39 3
Dax Milne 30 5 3 36 1
Isaiah Wright 21 3 1 12 1
Tony Brown 9 2 1 8 1
Sammis Reyes 11 1 1 2 0
John Bates 18 1 1 13 1

Gandy-Golden’s strength at the catch point is consistently impressive, even if separation may always be a challenge for him.

Offensive Line

None of the starters saw game time this week, but Washington’s offensive line was impressive from a pass-protection standpoint throughout the game.

Kyle Allen found himself under pressure on almost a third of his dropbacks, but much of the damage was coming via blocking running backs or unblocked rushers and not from the offensive line losing one-on-one assignments.

Defensive Line

David Bada, an international pathway player from Germany, sacked Lamar Jackson and also got a piece of an extra point to block it. He played 25 total snaps, 16 of them as a pass-rusher.

Linebackers

With Baltimore’s offense having so much success, it won’t surprise that Washington’s linebackers struggled, particularly absent their starters. David Mayo led the group with 31 total snaps but managed just two defensive stops and missed a tackle.

Secondary

Cornerback Torry MyTyer was having another intriguing preseason game, this time as a starter. He was beaten down the sideline initially on an excellent throw by Huntley, only to rescue the rep by forcing the incompletion once the ball arrived.

Washington's Pass Defense
Air yards allowed 228
Explosive (15-plus yards) passes 8
EPA allowed per play 0.643
Passes broken up 1

Unfortunately for him, he was injured on the play and left the game with a concussion after just 13 snaps.

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