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Mike Preston's grades for the Ravens after their loss to the Redskins

Sports columnist Mike Preston gives his position grades for the Ravens' game against the Washington Redskins. (Kevin Richardson/Baltimore Sun video)

Quarterback 
Joe Flacco hung tough in the pocket despite taking a beating for the second straight week. Flacco, though, needs to improve on his fundamentals. Late in this game he seemed to have checked out already. The Ravens aren't going to win with him throwing the ball 46 times, a lot of them short. Grade: C-

Offensive line
The Ravens actually ran the ball well and probably could have won if they had stayed with the running attack. Tackle Alex Lewis and guard John Urschel gave the Ravens a lot of running room on the left side, but the Ravens struggled in pass protection. The Ravens claim to have a lot of depth, but they really don't. Grade: C-

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Receivers
The Ravens got strong games from tight ends Dennis Pitta and Crockett Gillmore, who combined for 11 catches and 87 yards. But the team lacks a security blanket when Steve Smith isn't on the field. Mike Wallace and Breshad Perriman have to hold onto passes. Kamar Aiken hasn't given the Ravens much. Grade: D

Running backs
Now you see him, now you don't. That's what happened to Terrance West on Sunday. He rushed 11 times for 95 yards and the Redskins couldn't stop him. Unfortunately, offensive coordinator Marc Trestman did, by failing to give West the ball more in the second half. When a runner averages 8.6 a carry, keep feeding him the ball. Grade: A-

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Defensive line
The Ravens held the Redskins to 60 yards rushing on 20 carries and tackles Brandon Williams and Michael Pierce cut off all runs inside the tackles. It's great when the Ravens play them at the same time. End Timmy Jernigan had four tackles. All three managed to get some shots on the Redskins quarterback. Grade: A-

Linebackers
Everyone in this group was very active. C.J. Mosley had six tackles; Zachary Orr and Albert McClellan had five each. The Ravens had been working on getting deep drops and the Redskins took advantage by throwing underneath. Terrell Suggs is still good enough to make plays, but Elvis Dumervil is giving the Ravens very little. Grade: B

Secondary
Safety Lardarius Webb led the Ravens in tackles with seven, but both he and fellow safety Eric Weddle looked slow at times. The young cornerbacks, Sheldon Price and Tavon Young, were effective but the Ravens should be thankful Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins missed several wide receivers open deep. Grade: Grade: C

Special teams
The fake field goal didn't work and neither did the Ravens' coverage teams as Washington returned one punt 85 yards for a touchdown and a kickoff 45 yards. Justin Tucker is a great placekicker, but he is no Johnny Unitas. Grade: D

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Coaching
Head coach John Harbaugh needs to proceed with logic instead of always trying to be aggressive, and his clock management and use of timeouts were poor. Offensive coordinator Marc Trestman called a poor game and the Ravens have a horizontal passing game instead of a vertical one. Grade: D

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