BALTIMORE (AP) — Kirk Cousins filled in capably for injured quarterback Robert Griffin III, throwing for 190 yards and a fluke touchdown as the Washington Redskins beat the Baltimore Ravens 31-13 Saturday night.
With Griffin sidelined by a concussion, Cousins went 20 for 27 for 190 yards with an interception to help the Redskins take a 14-13 halftime lead. His second TD pass of the preseason came on a deflection plucked out of the air and carried into the end zone by Jamison Crowder.
Colt McCoy started the third quarter for Washington (3-0) and produced touchdowns on his first two drives, although both scores came against Ravens reserves and the last march covered only 20 yards following an interception.
McCoy completed 10 of 12 passes for 95 yards and two TDs, both to Rashad Ross.
Griffin’s availability for the Sept. 13 opener against Miami is uncertain.
Tempers flared late in the first quarter after Washington’s Keenan Robinson slammed receiver Kamar Aiken to the turf, headfirst, following a 13-yard completion. Several players began shoving each other, most notably Ravens receiver Steve Smith and Redskins cornerback Chris Culliver, both of whom were ejected.
Baltimore coach John Harbaugh ran across the field toward the scrum, and before turning back he yelled at Redskins coach Jay Gruden.
After reaching the Baltimore sideline, Smith bowed in the direction of the officiating crew. The 36-year-old is retiring after this season, and he might not have been so cordial had this been a regular-season game. In this case, however, Smith had no problem walking away after catching four passes for 95 yards and a touchdown.
The Ravens (1-2) started quickly, using a 63-yard pass from Joe Flacco to Smith to go up 7-0 with less than two minutes elapsed.
Washington’s first series was a stark contrast: on its fifth play, Cousins was intercepted by Terrell Suggs, setting up a field goal for a 10-point cushion.
The margin reached 13 before Crowder made his TD catch, and the Redskins went ahead when Cousins directed an eight-play, 83-yard drive that produced a touchdown with 32 seconds left in the half.
Asa Jackson took the ensuing kickoff 103 yards before being tackled on the Washington 2 by Justin Rogers. The Ravens failed to score.
Flacco played into the second quarter. He finished 8 for 13 for 137 yards and a touchdown in what was likely his final tuneup before the regular-season opener at Denver.