ESPN 2K5 Game Simulation
By: Les Barnhart 
Posted: 2004-10-09
Category: Washington Redskins News
This is the fifth installment of TheHogs.net 2004 NFL season simulation using the NFL 2K5 title for the Playstation 2 system.

Baltimore Ravens (1-3) at Washington Redskins (1-3)

The match-up couldn't be bigger as the battle for Maryland supremacy takes center stage for a Sunday night tilt in front of a packed house at FedEx Field. The Redskins, riding a
wave of momentum from the road win last week at Cleveland, open the scoring after they stuff the Ravens opening drive and force them to punt. Chad Morton takes the punt and returns it 89 yards for the touchdown as FedEx reaches a new high in noise. 

Redskins 7- Ravens 0.

The Ravens silence the crowd as they take the kickoff and drive 80 yards in 11 plays (mostly by Jamal Lewis).  They cap the drive with a 3 yard touchdown run by Musa Smith.

Redskins 7-Ravens 7.

Later in the 1st quarter, the Redskins pressure Kyle Boller into an interception (Matt Bowen) and take over at their own 22.  They put together a nice drive against
the tough Raven defense but are forced to attempt a 48 yard field goal which John Hall pushes wide right.  The Ravens take over but can not move the ball and turn the ball back over to the Redskins.  This time, they take the ball to the end zone after Mark Brunell finds Rod Gardner for a 69 yard catch and carry.

Redskins 14- Ravens 7.

The Ravens close the first half with a 9 play 63 yard drive that ended with a 16 yard touchdown pass from Boller to Todd Heap.

Redskins 14- Ravens 14.

The second half starts off with some fireworks as in the first drive of the half; Boller is intercepted by Shawn Springs at the Ravens 34.   The Redskins then turn around
and give the ball back as Mark Brunell is intercepted by Chris McAlister at the Ravens 38.  The Redskins defense forces a three and out and Michael Barrow finds a seam in the line to block the punt.  He also recovers the blocked punt at the Ravens 27.  The fireworks continue as the Redskins find pay dirt on their first play after Clinton Portis goes off the right side for a 27 yard touchdown scamper.

Redskins 21- Ravens 14.

Keeping the fans on their feet, the Ravens return the kickoff to the Redskins 43 and on the first play, Boller connects with Travis Taylor for a 43 yard touchdown reception to tie the game once again.

Redskins 21- Ravens 21.

The game then settled down as the teams exchanged punts throughout the remainder of the third quarter.  The Redskins had an opportunity to go ahead at the end of the third quarter as they drove into Ravens territory but Brunell was intercepted by Gerome Sapp.  The Ravens also missed an opportunity after Matt Stover missed a 53 yarder to the left. 

The game remained tied at 21-21 until the Stover connected on a 33 yarder to give the Ravens the lead, 24-21, with 2:00 left in the game.

Ravens 24- Redskins 21.

The Redskins then start their drive at their own 20, needing a field goal to tie.  They drive the ball deep into Ravens territory and have a touchdown slip through their hands after Brunell overthrows a wide open McCants at the Ravens 3.  With 1:07 left in the game during the same drive, the Redskins on 3rd and 2 (from the Ravens 38), Brunell again goes up top and this time it looks like the lefty was baited into the pass as McAlister steps in front of the pass and returns it 78 yards for the touchdown to slam the down shut on the Redskins.  The Ravens come into the Redskins backyard and steal one from the burgundy and gold.

Ravens 31-Redskins 21.




BALTIMORE- 31

WASHINGTON- 21


PLAYERS OF THE GAME

Rod Gardner 3 catches for 92 yards and 1 TD
Michael Barrow 9 tackles and 1 blocked punt
Matt Bowen 5 tackles and INT
Khalid Abdullah 12 tackles

POWER RANKINGS

Redskins slide from 28 to 30th in the league.  Top three: Denver, Minnesota and Tampa Bay.

DIVISION:

New York 3-2          
Dallas 1-3      
Philadelphia  
1-3     
Washington 1-4

TRANSACTION WIRE

*The Washington Redskins announce the trade of QB Mark Brunell to the Buffalo Bills for Drew Bledsoe.
*The Washington Redskins report that CB Fred Smoot could miss remainder of season due to a broken kneecap suffered in the loss to Baltimore.

The Redskins (1-4) will be on the road next week to face the Chicago Bears (3-1) at the new Soldier Field.  It remains to be seen if the addition of Bledsoe will change the Redskins fortune.

-Wingman
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