LANDOVER, Md. -- The Washington Redskins let the other team make the mistakes for a change.
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"Granted, we had some breaks, and we could have done better," Washington quarterback Patrick Ramsey said. "But for the most part that's the way we want to play during the regular season."
Laveranues Coles caught a flea-flicker touchdown pass, and Ramsey shook off a bruised knuckle that limited him in practice to complete 8 of 13 passes for 100 yards with one touchdown.
The Redskins were up 17-3 when their starters left the game at halftime, with both touchdown drives helped out by untimely Ravens penalties.
Those penalties, a special teams turnover and virtually no offense in Kyle Boller's first start combined to leave Baltimore coach Brian Billick dumbfounded.
"We had nothing," Billick said. "No passion, no focus, no intensity, no physicality. No responding to adversity. I don't know quite how to explain it. I don't know that I've ever felt like this."
The Ravens went nowhere with Boller, the No. 19 overall draft pick competing with Chris Redman for the starting job. Boller played the first half and went 14-for-20 for 101 yards, but most of the completions were dumpoffs or screens, and he didn't lead his team across midfield until the final drive of the first half.
The Ravens had just 8 total yards in the first quarter, despite playing against a piecemeal Redskins defensive line that has lost both its projected starters.
Redman did better with the backups in the second half -- 17-for-28 for 163 yards with one interception -- but he couldn't lead his team to a score.
It was such a bad night that Billick couldn't make any headway in judging whether Boller or Redman should be his starting quarterback.
"No one on that football field that had a white uniform distinguished themselves in any way, shape or form," Billick said.
The Redskins committed just two penalties and didn't turn the ball over while the starters were in the game. They finished with six penalties and two turnovers, a major improvement from the 12½ penalties and 3½ turnovers they averaged in their first two games.
"It was good to win a game -- it's just a preseason game; it doesn't mean a lot," Washington coach Steve Spurrier said. "Hopefully we learned something about how we can compete and play. We weren't real pretty the whole time. I think we can still play a lot better. ... We didn't have a bunch of boo-boos there until the end."
Baltimore's Lamont Brightful fumbled away a fair catch on the first punt of the game to set up the first score, John Hall's 30-yard field goal.
The Redskins made it 10-0 with a 75-yard drive aided by three Ravens penalties: The first one negated an interception; the second one was a personal foul for an out-of-bounds hit by Ray Lewis; and the third one negated a successful stop on third down.
Washington eventually scored on Trung Canidate's 3-yard run, the Redskins second touchdown of the entire preseason.
"You give them a free third down," Lewis said. "C'mon, that's too easy. That's like taking candy from a baby. We can't play that type of football, period. When you kill yourself on third down, you cannot ask to win a ballgame."
A helmet-to-helmet hit on Ramsey by Ravens defensive lineman Joe Salave'a on a third down kept Washington's drive alive on the next series. Spurrier called the flea flicker on the next play, with Coles outrunning double coverage for the 39-yard score.
Boller managed to lead a scoring drive at the end of the half, moving downfield with short passes to set up Matt Stover's 24-yard field goal.
Washington rookie free agent Sultan McCullough had a 15-yard run for the only score of the second half.
Taylor Jacobs, the Redskins' second-round draft pick, sprained his left shoulder in the first half and did not return, but Spurrier said the injury was not serious.
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