Week 3 of the NFL preseason features four games on national TV. The action starts on Thursday night, August 25, when the Washington Redskins visit the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium (8:00 PM ET, ESPN).
- The Redskins improved to 2-0 in the preseason last week with a 16-3 win at Indianapolis. Quarterback JOHN BECK got the start for Washington and completed 14 of 17 passes for 140 yards as the Redskins scored 16 points in the first half. REX GROSSMAN, who started at QB for Washington in Week 1 of the preseason and threw for 207 yards, completed seven of 12 passes for 88 yards against the Colts.
- "I know the coaches are confident in Rex and I hope they’re confident in me," says Beck. "I don’t know how it’s going to play out. I can only worry about me, and I just try to focus on that and be the best that I can."
- Washington rookie running back ROY HELU (fourth round, No. 105 overall) rushed for 101 yards on 14 carries (7.2 yards per carry) and veteran running back TIM HIGHTOWER carried the ball six times for 70 yards (11.7 average) and a touchdown.
- The Ravens notched their first victory of the 2011 preseason by knocking off Kansas City last week 31-13. Baltimore running back RAY RICE had a 26-yard touchdown run to cap a six-play, 81-yard drive.
- "You work hard and you want to see it pay off," says Rice. "We’re looking forward to hitting the season in stride."
- Wide receiver LEE EVANS, who was acquired in a trade with Buffalo, helped set up Rice’s TD with a 43-yard reception.
- "I felt good," says Evans. "I was able to come out and understand the calls. For the most part, I felt I played effectively. I look forward to building off of it."
- WINNING IS A HABIT: The past 17 Super Bowl winners have a combined preseason record of 44-26 (.629) in their Super Bowl winning seasons.