Harbaugh said preparation and attitude don't change, but quarterback Joe Flacco believes his head coach was probably telling “a little bit of a lie.”

“There’s always a little bit of extra urgency after a loss," Flacco said. "I don’t know if it’s a bad thing or a good thing, but we are always calm, cool and collected and confident around here. We understand that we have to move on and get ready for this week.”

The Steelers game was an emotional setback.

"Obviously, it [stinks,] we're [ticked] off about that game," strong safety Bernard Pollard said. "It's always going to sting, but that hurt leaves when you start playing the next opponent."

Tough task ahead

The job doesn't get any easier this week for Ravens offensive tackle Michael Oher.

One week removed from allowing a key sack and forced fumble to Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison that led to the game-tying touchdown, Oher has to square off with formidable Redskins outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan.

A former first-round draft pick and Big Ten Conference Defensive Player of the Year from Purdue, Kerrigan already has 6.5 sacks, a forced fumble and an interception return for touchdown.

At 6-foot-4, 260 pounds, Kerrigan is known for his relentless approach to the game, and extensive repertoire of pass-rushing moves.

"He's a pretty good player," Oher said of Kerrigan. "He does a lot of good things. You've just got to account for him and be strong in your technique and finish guys. If you get Joe time, he tends to do great things."

Honoring Pagano

In a tribute to Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano, Ravens defensive end Arthur Jones shaved his head and facial hair to honor the former Baltimore defensive coordinator.

Pagano is battling leukemia and is attempting to return this season after undergoing chemotherapy treatment..

Pagano remains a popular man in the Ravens' locker room, as evidenced by Jones' actions, which made him appear much younger than his 26 years.

"It's just hair," Jones said. "It's just to show that we care and love him. He's a great man and a great leader. He's going to be back coaching and kicking butt. This guy has so much passion and loves the sport."

End zone

Jones has recorded nine tackles and three sacks over the past two games, a streak of at least one sack per game during that span. "Don't jinx me, I'm just working hard," Jones said. "You got a guy like Terrell Suggs next to you and it starts to rub off on you. We're totally different body types, but I watch other people and try to emulate their game onto my own." ... The Ravens are in a tight salary-cap situation in case they need to make an emergency signing. With $1.212 million available under the NFL limit, they're currently ranked third from the bottom of the league ahead of the Atlanta Falcons ($662,557) and the Pittsburgh Steelers ($990,655). ... Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall was on crutches Tuesday with an ankle injury, but indicated he intends to play Sunday. “I feel all right,” Hall said. “There’s no way I’m not playing this game. So, it’s a non-story.”

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Baltimore Sun reporters Matt Vensel and Edward Lee contributed to this report from Owings Mills and Ashburn, Va., respectively.