- The Washington Times - Saturday, August 20, 2005

Patrick Ramsey showed last night he is equal parts talent and tease.

In the Washington Redskins’ 24-17 preseason loss to the Cincinnati Bengals at FedEx Field, Ramsey completed six passes of more than 15 yards and led two scoring drives.

But he also squandered two possible scoring opportunities with interceptions, including one in the end zone.

Ramsey put himself, Redskins coach Joe Gibbs and the 60,291 fans who battled weekend rush-hour traffic through an up-and-down ride in the first half.

He was 9-for-18 passing for 190 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. At times, he looked solid, connecting with David Patten for two long gains. Other times, he looked subpar, overthrowing open receivers and tossing the aforementioned interceptions.

“Patrick is going to see that he did some good things — he hit some deep balls and made some key plays for us,” Gibbs said. “But then we turned the ball over, and we can’t do that. Patrick knows that.”

Quarterback play aside, Gibbs was most upset with the turnovers. The Redskins had three against the Bengals and have seven in two preseason games.

“When we look at the film tomorrow and see some really good things, but right now we’re our own worst enemy — if you refuse to protect the football, you’re going to lose games,” he said. “Until we get that point across, we’re going to be fighting an uphill battle.”

Said right tackle Jon Jansen: “It was a weird night for us. We can’t keep hurting ourselves with turnovers and penalties. When you lose the turnover battle, it makes it awful hard to win the game. I’m encouraged because we did a lot of things well.”

The Redskins trailed 24-10 entering the fourth quarter, and any chance at a comeback ended with 1:42 remaining when Nehemiah Broughton fumbled at the Bengals 31 following a 4-yard reception.

The Redskins dropped to 0-2 in the preseason and play host to Pittsburgh on Friday.

“We made some progress out there, but we still have work to do,” Ramsey said.

For the preseason, Ramsey is 17-for-30 for 267 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. He has played 12 drives, in which the Redskins have scored 10 points.

The first boos directed at Ramsey came 1:55 into the game, and the early going was a struggle. He misfired on five of his first six passes, including bad passes to open targets Santana Moss and Patten.

Rookie cornerback Carlos Rogers set up the Redskins’ first touchdown when he intercepted Carson Palmer, making a 30-yard return to the Bengals 25. On the next play, Ramsey rolled left, got into a throwing position and hit James Thrash in the back of the end zone. It was the first points of the preseason for the Redskins’ first-team offense — on their ninth drive and 37th play.

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

On the Redskins’ next possession, another long pass — 46 yards to Patten — put Washington in position for another score. But two plays later from the Bengals 11, Ramsey first looked on the left sideline for Moss, who was covered. Ramsey then tried to feather a pass over Tory James for Thrash, who was running along the back of the end zone. The pass didn’t get there, and James made the interception.

Cincinnati cashed in with a nine-play, 80-yard drive to tie it at 7-7 on Palmer’s 45-yard touchdown pass to Kelley Washington, who beat Rogers on a fly pattern.

Ramsey’s second interception was preceded by another long gain — 33 yards to Patten, who had three catches for 109 yards in one half of work. From the Bengals 38, Ramsey missed an open Moss, and the ball went right into the hands of James.

The Bengals again capitalized on the turnover with a 14-play, 93-yard march that was capped by Palmer’s 13-yard pass to Chris Perry 70 seconds before halftime.

Palmer was 12-for-24 for 152 yards and two touchdowns, and the Bengals were 6-for-7 on third down in the first half.

Ramsey’s last drive of the game was impressive. The Redskins started at their 30 with 1:15 remaining in the half. He completed passes of 30, 17, 16 and 6 yards to set up John Hall’s 20-yard field goal to make it 14-10 Cincinnati at halftime.

Against the Redskins’ reserves, Cincinnati (1-1) extended its lead to 21-10 in the third quarter on Jon Kitna’s 22-yard pass to Kevin Walter.

Mark Brunell’s only scoring drive came in the fourth quarter. He had completions of 12 and 21 yards, and Broughton scored his second touchdown in as many weeks, a 3-yard plunge with 8:19 remaining.

Brunell played the entire second half but only one series with the starting offensive line. He finished 10-for-16 for 122 yards.

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