Ramsey's second pass into the end zone was also intended for Thrash, but it never should have been thrown. Tory James hauled it down for the first of his two interceptions.
Ramsey and Carson Palmer had similar tales to tell after the Cincinnati Bengals beat the Washington Redskins 24-17 Friday night. Both young quarterbacks showed some improvement after struggling last week, but they still need plenty of polish before the regular season begins in three weeks.
"Turnovers killed us today," said Ramsey, who was at fault for both interceptions and heard his first smattering of boos. "We've got to look at it and fix it."
Palmer went 2-for-9 with an interception against the first-string
Redskins defense and didn't find his stride until Washington's backups
were in the game. He hit Kelley Washington
on the run for a 45-yard touchdown pass against rookie first-round draft pick
Palmer finished 12-for-24 for 152 yards and gave way in the second half to Jon Kitna, who hit Kevin Walter for a 22-yard touchdown in the third quarter. In two preseason games, Palmer is 16-for-35 for 189 yards and two interceptions.
"We were better in some areas this week and worse in some areas," Palmer said. "We still have two more games to get sharp. There's still a lot of areas we need to fix up."
|Patrick Ramsey struggled to get the Redskins offense going.|
"It was nice at the time because we scored," Thrash said. "But we need a lot more of those."
Ramsey did hit David Patten for three long passes totaling 109 yards, but the interceptions were the drive-killers. Ramsey did have one sustained drive end with a score -- an eight-play, 68-yard march during the 2-minute drill that was capped by John Hall 's 20-yard field goal on the last play of the half.
Ramsey finished 9-for-18 for 190 yards and was replaced by Mark Brunell after halftime. Ramsey is 17-for-30 for 267 yards and three interceptions over two games.
"The thing about it now is the games don't count," Patten said. "We've got two weeks to fix the problem. The thing I observed tonight -- after the picks, after the bad plays, he was still upbeat, he still took charge in the huddle."
For the second straight week, Brunell did his best to stoke a possible quarterback controversy by going 10-for-16 -- with several drops -- for 122 yards. Head coach Joe Gibbs reaffirmed, however, that Ramsey is his starter.
The Bengals had a promising game from their second-round draft pick,
"I didn't really do anything today," Warrick said. "I just went out there to see how my knee felt."
First-round draft pick
Notes: Bengals receiver Tony Stewart left the game with a back injury in the first half and did not return. S Reggie Myles aggravated a groin injury and sat out the second half. ... Washington P Tom Tupa had a back spasm during warmups and did not play. ... Before the game, the Bengals released G Dan Lynch.