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Instant analysis from Ravens' 20-3 loss

How our reporters and editors saw tonight's game:

Ken Murray: The Ravens couldn't handle the Colts' defense and the jarring loss emphasized the team's need for a playmaking receiver. Joe Flacco wasn't up to the task and didn't play as much as he did in the Nov. 22 loss to the Colts. Inconsistency killed the Ravens this season.

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Mike Preston: The Ravens really need to add some weapons on offense to produce a hurry-up offense. Their hurry-up offense consists of runningback Ray Rice and tight end Todd Heap catching short passes in the flat and over the middle. Opposing teams will let that happen all night.

Edward Lee: The Ravens will be haunted by images of Peyton Manning finding Indianapolis receivers on underneath routes for big gains -- and Ed Reed's fumbled interception.

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Kevin Van Valkenburg: The defense didn't have much of a chance to slow down Manning and the Colts because the offense couldn't let them catch their breath. Flacco made progress this season, but not enough. He's not Manning, or even Ben Roethlisberger, but he can be very good. Give him time. And get him some weapons other than Ray Rice.

Ron Fritz: Peyton Manning and the Colts were too good for the Ravens tonight. They shook off the rust and consistently moved the ball up and down the field -- and scored when it counted. An underrated Colts defense caused Joe Flacco problems all night and it shut down the Ravens' running game. Sounds like a formula to beat the Ravens.


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