Three years ago, Keiwan Ratliff got the Redskins’ season off to an ugly start, picking off a deep pass from Mark Brunell to Brandon Lloyd on their first offensive snap of preseason. Clinton Portis chased Ratliff down and separated his shoulder while making the tackle, keeping the star running back out for the rest of preseason and making him less than 100 percent when September began. That was the start of a 5-11 season, Joe Gibbs’ worst ever.
Ratliff just ended Washington’s last series of the first half by picking off Todd Collins’ pass over the middle for Devin Thomas. Unfortunately for Ratliff, Jeff Reed’s subsequent field goal try went awry.
— David Elfin