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Weather Stops Sloppy Outing for Ravens vs Redskins

Sign telling the fans to leave

So much for a competitive game between two close rivals.  Mother Nature had other ideas, as the game between the Ravens and Redskins was halted with 11:38 remaining in the third quarter on Saturday night due to severe lightning in the area.  The Redskins get the win 13-7, but it felt a bit shallow considering the two teams were left to still play over 26 minutes worth of football.  The game was a mess from the start, with an hour delay of the kickoff due to bad weather, and then storms kicked back in about 11pm and about 50 minutes later the game was stopped for good.

“You go out there in the second half, and the lights went out and you get the thunder in the background,” Baltimore receiver Derrick Mason said. “First things first is safety of the players. A lot of younger guys were eager to play, because of course the cuts are coming and they want to show the coaches what they can do. It was unfortunate in that aspect.”  The Ravens were sloppy on offense from the get-go, with five penalties including four false starts.  It was as if the weather got to the Ravens before they even took the field.  “I am not happy with the start of the game,” Baltimore coach Brian Billick said. “We weren’t sharp, and those procedure penalties put us in the hole. Lightning, rain, wet field — those are no excuses. That didn’t cause the problems. What we are pleased about is the way we bounced back.”

Ravens starting QB Steve McNair went 14-for-19 for 98 yards. Mason had five catches for 31 yards.  Those not in uniform for the Ravens included cornerback Samari Rolle (sprained ankle), receiver Mark Clayton (sprained ankle), and defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (swollen knee). Defensive tackle Trevor Pryce left the game early with back spasms. Safety Ed Reed (bruised thigh) and linebacker Prescott Burgess (concussion) were also injured in the first half.

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