NFL Game Recap - Baltimore at Washington
Sun Oct 4, 2020 1:00 PM EDT

DEN
37
NYJ
28
F
BAL
31
WAS
17
F
LAC
31
TB
38
F
SEA
31
MIA
23
F
MIN
31
HOU
23
F
CLE
49
DAL
38
F
JAX
25
CIN
33
F
ARI
21
CAR
31
F
NO
35
DET
29
F
NYG
9
LAR
17
F
BUF
30
LV
23
F
IND
19
CHI
11
F
PHI
25
SF
20
F
NE
10
KC
26
F
ATL
16
GB
30
F
PIT
TEN
PPD

Oct 4, 2020, 1:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Baltimore (3-1)

7

14

7

3

31

Washington (1-3)

0

10

0

7

17

Jackson shows MVP form to help Ravens beat Washington 31-17
Sun Oct 4, 2020 5:39 PM

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) A few big plays went a long way for the Baltimore Ravens, who took a small step toward regaining the form they displayed last year as the highest-scoring team in the league.

Lamar Jackson ran for a 50-yard touchdown and threw for two scores in a bounce-back performance by the reigning NFL MVP and the Ravens, who took control early against Washington in a 31-17 victory Sunday.

Coming off a humbling loss to Kansas City on Monday night, Baltimore (3-1) used a forced fumble, a fake punt and the longest run of Jackson's career to build a 21-10 halftime lead.

"That was the key, plays being made," coach John Harbaugh said.

Washington (1-3) had more first downs, owned an edge in time of possession and had only 7 fewer yards than Baltimore. But the Ravens made things happen at just the right time.

"We didn't have gigantic plays, but we had conversion plays," Harbaugh said, referring mostly to Jackson's 50-yard sprint on third down and punter Sam Koch's 15-yard completion on a fourth-and-9 that set up the first of Jackson's two touchdown passes to tight end Mark Andrews.

"We're close," Andrews said of the Baltimore offense, which averaged 32 points per game in 2019. "It's just little things here and there that need to be tightened up."

The game was tough to watch for Washington coach Ron Rivera, and not just because of the score. Weakened by treatment he received during the week for cancer, Rivera occasionally took a break by sitting on the bench.

"I had my moments where I felt pretty strong," he said. "Other times I waned a little bit."

Washington's first-year coach wore a shirt that read: "RIVERA STRONG."

Asked what it took for him to get through the afternoon, Rivera said, "I took two bags of IV fluids before the game. I would sit down at TV timeouts. I normally don't. I look forward to getting home and going to bed early."

After throwing three interceptions last week, Washington's Dwayne Haskins Jr. went 32 for 45 for a career-high 314 yards. He was sacked three times, twice by Matthew Judon.

Jackson's numbers weren't as big, but he managed the Baltimore offense as required while completing 14 of 21 passes for 193 yards.

Limited to 97 yards passing against the Chiefs, Jackson surpassed that total by halftime. He was backed by a strong defense looking for redemption after allowing Kansas City to amass 517 yards in a 34-20 victory.

The Ravens went up 7-0 when Mark Ingram scored from the 1 after cornerback Marlon Humphrey ripped the ball out of the grasp of J.D. McKissic and Marcus Peters recovered at the Washington 34.

"I'm not going to say we started slow, we were not playing great at the beginning and I was able to get a turnover," Humphrey said. "It was really good to get a big play in that first quarter."

Early in the second quarter, a 54-yard field goal try by Washington's Dustin Hopkins clanged off the left upright. On third-and-4 from midfield, Jackson faked a handoff and took off down the middle of the field for a 50-yard score, shrugging off an attempted tackle by Kendall Fuller along the way.

Washington closed to 14-7 with a 75-yard drive, capped by a 2-yard run by Antonio Gibson.

Facing fourth down at the Washington 43, Koch threw to an open Miles Boykin, and Jackson cashed in on the punt fade with an on-the-run, 25-yard TD pass to Andrews just after the two-minute warning.

Late in the half, however, Jackson's run of 159 straight passes without an interception ended when he was picked by Fuller. Washington cashed in with a field goal to make it 21-10.

Limited to three catches for 22 yards by Kansas City, Andrews hauled in a 22-yard touchdown pass to increase the lead to 18.

BALL HAWK

Three days after signing a five-year contract extension in the vicinity of $98 million, Humphrey began offering return on Baltimore's investment with his second forced fumble of the season and fifth of his career to set up the Ravens' first score.

It was the 17th straight game in which Baltimore forced at least one turnover, the longest current streak in the NFL.

INJURIES

Ravens: LT Ronnie Stanley was inactive with a shoulder injury. Orlando Brown moved from RT to LT and D. J. Fluker played RT. ... DT Derek Wolfe (elbow) was inactive.

Washington: Greg Stroman left in the first quarter with a right leg injury after being hit by two tacklers during an ill-advised punt return. ... DL Chase Young (groin) was inactive.

UP NEXT

Ravens: host Cincinnati next Sunday in an AFC North matchup.

Washington: host Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, the first of five straight games vs. NFC foes.

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Passing

BAL Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat Sk
R. Griffin 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 1 0.0 0
L. Jackson 21 14 66.7 2 193 33 1 107.8 1
WAS Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat Sk
D. Haskins 45 32 71.1 0 314 40 0 90.4 3

Rushing

BAL Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
L. Jackson 7 53 7.6 50 1
G. Edwards 9 38 4.2 13 0
WAS Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
A. Gibson 13 46 3.5 10 1
I. Wright 1 9 9.0 9 0

Receiving

BAL Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
M. Brown 4 86 21.5 33 0
M. Andrews 3 57 19.0 25 2
WAS Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
T. McLaurin 10 118 11.8 39 0
A. Gibson 4 82 20.5 40 0

Team Stats Comparison

BAL WAS
Points For 31 17
Total Yards 350 343
Rushing Yards 144 69
Passing Yards 206 274
Passing Completions / Attempts 15/23 32/45
Turnovers 2 1
Interceptions Thrown 2 0
Fumbles - Lost 0/0 1/1
First Downs 18 24
Rushing Touchdowns 2 2
Passing Touchdowns 2 0
Penalties - Yards 5/30 2/20
Time Of Possession 29:22 30:38
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 5/11 4/13
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 2/2 2/3
Red Zone Conversions/Attempts 1/1 2/3
Sacks Against 1 3
Punts - Average Yards 3/47 5/46
Punt Returns - Average Yards/Punt Return 3/9 1/-3
Kickoff Returns - Average Yards/Kickoff Return 0/0 2/15

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter BAL WAS
BAL 12:51 TD Mark Ingram II 1 yd run (Justin Tucker kick) 7 0
2nd Quarter BAL WAS
BAL 5:04 TD Lamar Jackson 50 yd run (Justin Tucker kick) 14 0
WAS 10:19 TD Antonio Gibson 2 yd run (Dustin Hopkins kick) 14 7
BAL 13:11 TD Mark Andrews 25 yd pass from Lamar Jackson (Justin Tucker kick) 21 7
WAS 15:00 FG Dustin Hopkins 43 yd FG 21 10
3rd Quarter BAL WAS
BAL 6:18 TD Mark Andrews 22 yd pass from Lamar Jackson (Justin Tucker kick) 28 10
4th Quarter BAL WAS
BAL 9:44 FG Justin Tucker 46 yd FG 31 10
WAS 12:55 TD Dwayne Haskins Jr. 1 yd run (Dustin Hopkins kick) 31 17

Game Information

Stadium: FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland
Attendance: 0
Game Time: 2:50
Weather: