LANDOVER, Md. - The Ravens have to hope the Redskins’ first drive of the day isn’t the tone-setter for today’s contest.
Washington put together a 10-play, 80-yard drive that took 5:22 off the clock on the way to taking a 7-0 lead right away.
Robert Griffin III didn’t need the option once during the drive, either, using his arm and letting rookie Alfred Morris handle the running. But it appears Baltimore could have some trouble against the rush with linebacker Terrell Suggs not playing.
Morris ran for 29 yards on the first play from scrimmage and gained 46 yards on five carries during the drive.
Griffin completed three of four passes for 41 yards and a 4-yard touchdown pass to Joshua Morgan.
Not the best start for the Ravens.
Update: Well, Baltimore didn’t let that set the tone.
The Ravens answered with a quick-strike drive, their go-to style when the offense has been at its best. Ray Rice carried the ball on the first three offensive snaps, gaining 63 yards in the process.
The big burst was a 46-yard run on the second snap of the five-play, 81-yard drive that lasted just 2:33.
Joe Flacco finished the possession with a touchdown on his first pass of the game, a 19-yard toss to Anquan Boldin.
Shootout under way in Washington? Definitely could be.
Update II: The shootout continues.
The Redskins just responded to the Ravens’ tying drive with an eight-play, 83-yard drive that ended with a Morris 1-yard touchdown run for a 14-7 lead.
The rookie already has 55 rushing yards and a score. Griffin has completed six of eight passes for 122 yards.
The Ravens’ offense is going to have to try to keep up in this one.
Update III: The score remains the same at the end of the first quarter. Washington leads 14-7.
The Redskins accumulated 186 yards for the most in the first quarter by any NFL team this season. Baltimore had a solid 93 yards, but were doubled up by Washington.