Washington's offense has been uninspiring this season, averaging 15 points per game (25th in the league), and 4.9 yards per play. The situation is baffling considering the weapons on the unit: a veteran quarterback with a high career quarterback rating, a deep corps of receivers and a star running back. Tailback Clinton Portis is in the worst slump of his brief NFL career, not reaching 100 yards for three straight games. However, Portis will be stymied until quarterback Mark Brunell starts causing defenses to fear the pass. Although the Ravens didn't blitz much Monday, Brunell should have opportunities to make plays against a club that normally blitzes aggressively. As usual, Brunell has a solid quarterback rating (79.5), but his 3.87 yards per pass completion on third downs is worst among NFL starters. It won't be easy to end the passing slump Sunday, because the Ravens have perhaps the best secondary the Redskins have faced this season. Chris McAlister, one of the league's top cornerbacks, will be assigned to contain wideout Laveranues Coles, who amassed 122 yards on seven catches last week. And Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed, whom rookie Sean Taylor backed up as a freshman at the University of Miami, lurks downfield.