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Matt Schaub does best Kyle Boller impersonation for Ravens

BALTIMORE -- Fans at M&T Bank Stadium on Saturday night had to wonder who was wearing No. 8 for the Baltimore Ravens: Was it Matt Schaub or was it Kyle Boller again?

In 15 plays against the Washington Redskins, Schaub got sacked three times, threw one interception, fumbled once and made two off-target passes in the end zone. This looked more like a gag reel than a dress rehearsal for the backup quarterback.

It's probably too harsh to compare Schaub to Boller, who was wildly inconsistent in his six seasons in Baltimore. But, at least on one ill-advised pass in the third quarter, Schaub did cause some flashbacks to the other No. 8.

Schaub compounded a bad decision with a bad throw, getting picked off deep in his own territory. Getting pressure because of a missed block by Darren Waller, Schaub had two choices: throw the ball away or take a sack. Instead, his throw to the left sideline came up short for his second interception of the preseason.

“I know the numbers weren’t great, but there were a lot of things that happened out there," said Schaub, who finished 3 of 7 for 17 yards and a passer rating of 10.7. "There were a lot of situations out there that caused us not to score. We’ve gotta be better. I’ve gotta be better."

Schaub, who signed a one-year, $2 million deal (all guaranteed) this offseason, is trying to get back on track after being benched in Houston in 2013 and getting beat out for the starting job in Oakland in 2014. It's been a rough training camp for Schaub, who has often been a target of Terrell Suggs' heckling.

Schaub quieted the criticism briefly in the preseason opener with his best throw of the summer, a 45-yard touchdown strike to Michael Campanaro. That momentum never carried over.

On Saturday night, Schaub was not sharp from his first drive, which came with about four minutes left in the second quarter. He one-hopped a throw to a wide-open Kamar Aiken on his first pass, and he later overthrew Marlon Brown and Jeremy Butler in the end zone when both had one-on-one coverage.

But Schaub shouldn't take all the blame, according to starting quarterback Joe Flacco.

"I felt bad for Matt, because he had no idea," Flacco said. "The plan was for at least me to play through the half, maybe come out in the third quarter. I kind of felt bad for Matt, just throwing him out there, because he wasn’t warmed up or loose."

There are a couple of schools of thought with Schaub. Some feel you can't be too critical because he's playing behind a second-string offensive line. Others think Schaub should do better because he's playing against a second-team defense.

The Ravens believe they can win with Schaub if Flacco were to miss a start for the first time in his NFL career. But Schaub can't throw a reckless pass like the one that was intercepted or lack awareness on his blind side like the time he was stripped.

This might be the last extended action for Schaub of this preseason. The Ravens could give the entire preseason finale to third-string Bryn Renner.

In three games, Schaub has completed 58.1 percent of his passes for 266 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions (64.7 passer rating).

"No one ever is going to play the perfect game," Schaub said. "You’re never as good as you played or as bad as you played, but no one likes to lose like this even in preseason. But it’s a long season, and we’ve got a long way to go.”