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Sunday, December 7, 2008
Rapid Reaction: Ravens 24, Redskins 10

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

The Redskins effectively removed themselves from playoff contention with Sunday night's 24-10 loss to the Ravens. At 7-6, they'd have to win their final three games and hope for help from other teams.

And if you're part of the group asking for Jason Campbell to be pulled, he provided more ammunition Sunday. His interception on the Redskins' first possession set the tone for the evening. Other than a brief run early in the fourth quarter, the Redskins were never really in this game.

The Ravens held Clinton Portis to 11 carries for 32 yards and spent most of the night harassing Campbell. Ravens safety Ed Reed had two interceptions and a forced fumble that he returned 22 yards for a touchdown. The Redskins are officially in the cellar of the NFC East. I think Jim Zorn will stick with Campbell, but the quarterback is not rewarding him for his loyalty.

The Redskins don't have anything resembling a downfield passing threat. Campbell was 21 of 38 for 218 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Linebackers London Fletcher and Rocky McIntosh combined for 22 tackles, but the Redskins didn't put consistent pressure on rookie Joe Flacco, who wasn't flashy (10 of 21), but made plays when he had to.

The Redskins have been awful since heading into the bye week with a 6-3 record. Portis was part of the MVP discussion at one point, but now teams crowd the line of scrimmage to make him a non-factor. Of course, the Ravens have one of the best defenses in football, but it still doesn't change how inefficient the Redskins have been.

They've looked overwhelmed against teams such as the Giants, Steelers and Ravens. Early in the season, they developed a reputation for dishing out punishment at the line of scrimmage. Now, they're on the receiving end. Much more to come on the Redskins on the NFC Beast blog Monday.