Jeff Zrebiec, reporter: The positives were the performances of quarterback Joe Flacco, wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. before his ejection and a decent effort by the first-team defense. But what has to concern Ravens coaches is that very few of the questions that the team had entering the preseason have been answered. It still isn't clear whether the Ravens have enough on the outside beyond Smith Sr. to succeed. The secondary hasn't exactly been impressive. And injuries continue to mount on what are supposed to be the team's two strongest units: the offensive and defensive lines. Throw in another poor performance by the defensive reserves and it wasn't a particularly good night for the Ravens.
Jon Meoli, reporter: It's getting difficult to write this off as the preseason, as easy as it would be to do that. The starting units on offense have been fine, but there's not a lot on this team outside of its stars that anyone can feel good about after these last two games. The defense can't get off the field without the starters on the field, but they likely won't have to in the season, so it's hard to tell how big of a concern that is. The offense lacks playmakers outside of running back Justin Forsett and wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. And the dreaded "injury bug" seems to be being passed from position group to position group, with the offensive line passing it to the defensive line on Saturday. All of these problems could be rectified when the games start counting, but the Ravens are leaving themselves a lot of work to do.
Childs Walker, reporter: This game wasn't nearly as bad as the score would indicate. The starters actually played with a lot of fire and dominated while they were in. On the other hand, the Ravens have to be worried about depth. Injuries are mounting, and the second- and third-string defenses have been shredded throughout the preseason.
Mike Preston, columnist: The Ravens would have beaten the Redskins in a regular season game, but continued to show they have little depth except on the interior lines and at running back. The Redskins are in for a long season.
Alexander Pyles, Ravens editor: Here's the good news: most of the first quarter was exactly what the team and fans needed after last weekend. Joe Flacco connected on a long touchdown pass to Steve Smith Sr., Terrell Suggs snared an interception and the Ravens led, 13-0, after 15 minutes of football. Here's the bad news: Smith was ejected for his part in a fight on the field, coach John Harbaugh got into a shouting match with Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden and the Ravens' defensive reserves allowed the Redskins to come back for a 31-13 win. We also still can't be sure the receivers behind Smith can be depended on in the regular season. So, what can we be sure of? Not much, but that shouldn't be a surprise -- the preseason has rarely been a good indicator of how a team will perform in the regular season. With most starters likely to sit out Thursday's game against the Atlanta Falcons, the next chance we'll have to evaluate this team is Sept. 13 in the regular-season opener against the Denver Broncos.
Ron Fritz, sports editor: In a battle of first teams, the Ravens dominated the Redskins. But after John Harbaugh confronted Jay Gruden and put the second team offense and defense in, it was all Redskins. Even though it was mostly backups, the same mistakes surfaced for the Ravens as they were embarrassed late in the first half and the entire second half. If Timmy Jernigan is seriously injured, this is a costly loss for the Ravens.