Banks, in fact, threw the ball over the middle late and low. H-back Obafemi Ayanbadejo came open late when linebacker Shawn Barber peeled off him to help make a play against Sharpe.
In despair, left tackle Jonathan Ogden, playing with a sprained right ankle, yanked his helmet off, threw it, then kicked it.
"That ain't nothing new," Ogden said of his helmet-throwing fit.
Neither was it a sign, he said, that he was frustrated with his quarterback.
"No, everyone plays a part," Ogden said. "It's not one person. We have to block better, run better, catch better."
Billick, meanwhile, did not waver in his support for Banks.
"Tony Banks is my starting quarterback, without question," he said.
Why? "Because he's the starting quarterback, we're a 5-2 team, and that's the guy I think gives us the best chance to win right now."
For the third consecutive week, Banks' passing yardage dropped. Against Washington, he was 16-for-27 for 135 yards.
Yesterday, Banks said the offensive woes were getting to him.
"I feel I'm pressing out there," he said. "I threw balls into the dirt that I never have. I've got to relax. I think coming into today, I wanted to put it all on my shoulders. I wanted to make plays downfield. That didn't happen early, and I started pressing even more."
Banks missed a potential 62-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter, when Redskins cornerback Darrell Green strained his right calf trying to cover wide-out Jermaine Lewis. But Banks' deep throw sent the wide-open Lewis out of bounds at the Redskins' 30 to make a non-catch.
The only scoring the Ravens achieved was a 51-yard field goal by reliable Matt Stover in the second quarter, after rookie Kris Heppner hit a 37-yarder for the Redskins (5-2). Stover has scored the Ravens' last 34 points.
The Ravens are 0-for-14 in the red zone in their five road games.
"It's weird," said split end Qadry Ismail. "I don't feel like we're getting a return on our investment. But we really, really are solid with each other. To not show up on game day, it's kind of an enigma."
Even the Ravens' defense succumbed in the second half, when Davis rushed for 89 of his game-high 91 yards. Davis' running and a suspect illegal contact penalty on safety Kim Herring allowed the Redskins to run out the last 5:30 of the game. Herring was called for bumping tight end Stephen Alexander on a pass that sailed over the Redskins' bench.
"It was a bad call," Herring said. "You make a call like that, when the ball is five yards out of bounds ... you don't make that kind of call in that kind of situation this late in the game."
The Ravens finished the five-road-games-in-seven-weeks portion of their schedule with a better-than-expected 5-2 record, but in a major offensive drought.
"I don't care how good your defense is, you can't win like that," Sharpe said. "It'll catch up with you. It caught up with us today."
Redskins pick off Ravens
Banks' interception near end of first half is turning point; No TDs in past 3 games; Davis: 33-yard TD run; Ravens out of 1st place
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