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Here's what's on my mind after the Baltimore Ravens' 23-3 win over the Washington Redskins:

1. After a sharp performance against the Panthers, the Ravens' first-team offense was sloppy in roughly a quarter and a half of work Saturday night. The Ravens fumbled three times and were 1-for-5 on third down with Joe Flacco under center (and the lone first down came on a offsides penalty). Flacco's numbers (7-for-12, 72 yards) were OK, but the offense took a step backward against the Redskins.

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2. Ray Rice's ball-security issues against the Redskins were no big deal, right? After all, it's just the preseason. Well, not so fast. Rice lost four fumbles in the Ravens' final seven games last season, including one in the 20-3 playoff loss to the Colts. So when Rice bobbled a pitch and put the ball on the turf on another carry later in the first quarter (it was recovered by Anquan Boldin), I couldn't help but wonder if fumbles will be a problem for Rice when the games matter. If he wants to be a bell-cow back -- and he certainly has the skills to do it -- he needs to hang onto the ball.

3. It was an encouraging night for Fabian Washington. In his first game action since blowing out his left knee midway through the 2009 season, Washington held up fine. Manning the right cornerback spot, the speedy veteran covered well, though he wasn't tested much. He did make an impressive play on the Redskins' opening drive, quickly closing on and breaking up a Donovan McNabb pass intended for some guy named Anthony Armstrong in the end zone. Washington recorded a tackle, too, getting the first-contact jitters out of the way.

4. I was surprised the Ravens went for that fake punt in the second quarter -- I'm guessing they wanted to give regular-season opponents one more thing to think about -- but it was executed well. Rookie long snapper Morgan Cox, whose strong play in training camp led to Matt Katula's termination, fired a clean direct snap to Haruki Nakamura, and the offensive line blocked up the play well. But Nakamura made it all work, bouncing it outside and shaking a pair of Redskins as he rumbled 51 yards to the Washington 1-yard line. Maybe Nakamura should be getting more looks as a punt returner.

5. In one impressive drive, rookie wide receiver David Reed leapfrogged third-year wideouts Marcus Smith and Justin Harper on the depth chart -- at least in my eyes. During the Ravens' third-quarter touchdown drive, Reed hauled in four passes from Marc Bulger for 38 yards. Reed's first catch, a leaping grab over Redskins safety Reed Doughty for 22 yards, was his finest. Then, after Jalen Parmele's 3-yard touchdown run, Reed made the tackle on the ensuing kickoff, to boot.

6. Second-year linebacker Jason Phillips put forth an outstanding individual effort in the third quarter, sacking Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman on fourth down. The big hit forced a fumble, which Phillips also recovered. (He pounced on a fumble late in the fourth quarter, too.) Still, Phillips' chances of making the 53-man roster are slim. He's too slow and isn't athletic enough to earn a spot in a crowded crew of Ravens linebackers.

7. Marc Bulger was excellent leading the Ravens' second-team offense, completing 13 of 16 passes for 130 yards. He made quick and correct decisions, spread the ball around and had good zip on his passes. Should Flacco get injured, Bulger can still lead this team to victories. That's why it's totally acceptable for the Ravens to pay him $3.8 million when carrying a clipboard is his primary job responsibility.

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