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Big plays burn Ravens' pass defense in first half

When evaluating the Ravens' pass defense, what are we to make of the first half of tonight's preseason game against the Redskins?

The Ravens limited Pro Bowl quarterback Donovan McNabb, formerly of the Philadelphia Eagles, to 10 completions on 25 attempts, but McNabb threw for 192 yards. The Ravens had a decent pass rush going, but McNabb was able to move around the pocket and roll out to avoid the rush (Terrell Suggs sacked him once).

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And most of the time, the Ravens' defensive backs covered well, but when they didn't, they got torched for big plays. Redskins wideout Anthony Armstrong beat Ravens safety Dawan Landry for a 45-yard reception on the game's opening drive, and Santana Moss and Chris Cooley had receptions of 26 yards and 18 yards, respectively.

There were positives from the Ravens' pass defense -- and they allowed just three points against the McNabb-led Redskins attack -- but it's clear it isn't yet where it needs to be.

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