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2. The Ravens' defensive front found its midseason form.

The Ravens played with a patchwork secondary because of injuries to Jimmy Smith and Lardarius Webb, but the defensive line played so well, it hardly mattered.

After sloppy tackling allowed the Redskins to reach the red zone on their first drive, the Ravens' defensive front locked in and denied quarterback Robert Griffin III much room to operate.

Second-year defensive tackle Brandon Williams stuffed a run at the line of scrimmage, offering a reminder of his tantalizing potential as an inside force together with with Haloti Ngata. Rookie safety Terrence Brooks then ran up to hit Griffin on third down and stop the opening drive, an in-game display of the promise he's recently demonstrated in practice.

After a Redskins field goal, the Ravens kept the heat on Griffin and Co. the rest of the first half. On one play that ended with a sack by strong-side linebacker Elvis Dumervil, the Ravens simply collapsed the pocket from multiple points. They finished with three sacks overall.

The display evoked the best version of the team's 2013 defense, with pressure the key component. We didn't see much of that in the first two preseason games, so defensive coordinator Dean Pees had to enjoy the reminder of what his guys can do.

Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun
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