It’s windy in Baltimore on Sunday and that appears to be altering the decision-making of both coaches when it comes to trying kicks.
Redskins coach Jay Gruden saw Dustin Hopkins miss an extra point after Jamison Crowder’s punt return touchdown in the first quarter and he’s opted to pass on a pair of field goal attempts since then. The first would have been from about 57 yards while the second would have come from about 37 with less than two minutes to go in the half.
Gruden gave the ball to Matt Jones both times, but the running back couldn’t convert the second try and the Ravens held onto their 10-6 lead. A quick three-and-out gave the Redskins another shot before the half, but Hopkins missed from 56 yards to close out the second quarter.
John Harbaugh’s decision to pass on a 41-yard field goal came on the previous drive and he didn’t go with his offense in an attempt to make the conversion. The Ravens instead opted for a direct snap to kicker Justin Tucker, who then threw an incompletion.
Joe Flacco, their regular passer, is 16-of-22 for 121 yards and a touchdown. His numbers would look even better had Breshad Perriman not had a pass go through his hands to eliminate what set up as a big gain down the field. Kirk Cousins is 14-of-20 for 102 yards, but hasn’t gotten the same support in the run game as the 74 yards the Ravens have put up behind Flacco. Jones has eight yards on seven carries and lost a fumble in the first half.
The Redskins got cornerback Josh Norman back after a hand injury in the first quarter, the Ravens closed out the half with wideout Steve Smith still out because of an ankle injury.