Ramsey's play mixed against Bengals

Redskins quarterback leads TD drive, has two interceptions in 24-17 loss

August 20, 2005|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

LANDOVER -- The jury's still out on Washington Redskins quarterback Patrick Ramsey.

Armed with another opportunity to cement his status as the season-opening starter for the Redskins, Ramsey mixed flashes of brilliance with periods of infuriating play as Washington dropped a 24-17 preseason decision to the visiting Cincinnati Bengals (1-1) at FedEx Field last night.

Ramsey, who could not direct the Redskins (0-2) to a single point in five drives in a 28-10 loss to the Carolina Panthers last week, led the first-team offense to its first preseason touchdown in the first quarter.

But back-to-back Washington series in Bengals territory in the second quarter ended with Ramsey interceptions, and another inside Cincinnati's 10-yard line resulted in a field goal.

"Both interceptions are on me," Ramsey said. "We made some big plays, but I negated those with the interceptions. That's something we can't do."

Ramsey, who played the entire first half, completed nine of 18 passes for 190 yards, tossed a 25-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver James Thrash, and helped the offense post 210 yards in the half.

But Ramsey also was sacked twice and compiled a 66.7 passer rating. By comparison, Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer was 12-for-24 for 152 yards and registered two touchdowns, one interception, no sacks and an 80.6 rating.

Coach Joe Gibbs, who has repeatedly endorsed Ramsey, did not change his opinion.

"He did some real good things," Gibbs said. "He threw the deep ball and made some good plays. But we can't turn the ball over, and Patrick knows that."

Playing without running back Clinton Portis (sore elbow), the Redskins offense struggled in the beginning, turning in three fruitless possessions and hearing boos from the crowd of 60,291.

After Washington rookie cornerback Carlos Rogers intercepted a Palmer pass and returned it 30 yards to the Bengals' 25-yard line, Ramsey faked a handoff, rolled to his left, looked off the safeties and fired across his body to Thrash, who was standing alone in the right center portion of the end zone with 1:37 left in the first quarter.

"He got behind the defense [and] was wide-open," Ramsey said of Thrash. "It was good for us to go in there and get one strike and get a touchdown."

Armed with a 7-0 lead, the Redskins threatened again, driving to Cincinnati's 11. But Ramsey severely underthrew a pass intended for Thrash in the end zone, and Pro Bowl cornerback Tory James made the interception.

After Palmer and wide receiver Kelley Washington connected on a 45-yard touchdown pass to tie the game with 8:51 left in the second quarter, Washington marched to the Bengals' 38 before Ramsey misread the coverage and threw the ball directly at James, who registered his second interception of the night.

After Palmer threw a 13-yard shuffle pass to running back Chris Perry for a touchdown and a Cincinnati 14-7 lead with 1:20 left, the Redskins had first-and-goal from the Bengals' 9 with 18 seconds left.

But Ramsey overthrew Patten (three catches for 109 yards) in the end zone on first down before connecting with tight end Robert Royal for a 6-yard gain on second down.

With five seconds left, Gibbs opted to send in kicker John Hall for a 20-yard field goal, which sent Washington into halftime trailing 14-10.

NOTES: Redskins rookie running back Nehemiah Broughton rushed for a 3-yard touchdown with 8:19 left in the fourth quarter. ... Cincinnati running back Rudi Johnson gained just 20 yards on 10 carries against Washington. ... In addition to Portis, Washington deactivated safeties Matt Bowen, Ryan Clark and Tony Dixon, cornerbacks Walt Harris and Artrell Hawkins, linebacker LaVar Arrington, defensive tackle Brandon Noble, wide receiver Taylor Jacobs, punter Tom Tupa and offensive lineman Mark Wilson. ... The Bengals' list of inactive players included free safety Madieu Williams (Maryland), offensive tackle Willie Anderson, tight end Reggie Kelly, defensive end Duane Clemons and kicker Shayne Graham. ... The last three times Washington opened the preseason with back-to-back losses (1994, 2001 and 2003), the team compiled a 16-32 combined record and failed to make the playoffs each year. The last time the Redskins began the preseason with an 0-2 record and qualified for playoffs was 1992 when the team went 9-7 in what was supposed to be Gibbs' final year as coach.

Cincinnati 0 14 7 3-24

Washington 7 3 0 7-17

First quarter Was-Thrash 25 pass from Ramsey (Hall kick), 1:37. Second quarter Cin-Washington 45 pass from Palmer (Warley kick), 8:51. Cin-Perry 13 pass from Palmer (Warley kick), 1:20. Was-FG Hall 20, :00. Third quarter Cin-Walter 22 pass from Kitna (Warley kick), 9:39. Fourth quarter Cin-FG Warley 27, 13:00. Was-Broughton 3 run (Chandler kick), 8:19. A-60,291.

........................ Cin Was

First downs 23 19

Total Net Yards 377 392

Rushes-yards 38-107 20-101

Passing 270 291

Punt Returns 2-11 4-46

Kickoff Returns 2-24 5-109

Interceptions Ret. 2-0 1-30

Comp-Att-Int 22-40-1 19-34-2

Sacked-Yards Lost 1-0 3-21

Punts 6-43.5 5-44.8

Fumbles-Lost 2-0 2-1

Penalties-Yards 3-16 6-47

Time of Possession 36:17 23:43

Rushing-Cincinnati, Perry 10-38, Palmer 2-23, R.Johnson 10-20, Watson 8-17, Kitna 2-7, Wilson 2-3, Warrick 1-2, Bramlet 3-(minus 3). Washington, Cartwright 6-44, Betts 6-30, Broughton 7-23, Moss 1-4. Passing-Cincinnati, Palmer 12-24-1-152, Kitna 4-5-0-44, Krenzel 5-9-0-65, Bramlet 1-2-0-9. Washington, Ramsey 9-18-2-190, Brunell 10-16-0-122. Receiving-Cincinnati, Walter 5-42, Perry 3-32, C.Johnson 3-25, Washington 2-47, Stewart 2-25, Broussard 2-17, Watson 1-39, J.Johnson 1-18, Ghent 1-11, Henry 1-9, Schobel 1-5. Washington, Broughton 5-45, Patten 3-109, Brown 3-46, Moss 2-26, Royal 2-24, Thrash 1-25, R.Johnson 1-24, McCants 1-7, Cartwright 1-6. Missed field goals-None.

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