The defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens haven been up and down in their first two games of this young 2013 season. There are definitely a few areas to be concerned about after the first two weeks such as: Bad run blocking, inconsistent receivers in the pass game, the secondary. But the one area that looks to be a major strength is the pass rush. The Ravens had three sacks on Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos in Week 1 and five sacks on Brandon Weeden of the Cleveland Browns last week.
The prospects of another strong performance from the pass rush in Week 3 against the Houston Texans are a strong possibility. Texans starting LT Duane Brown is dealing with a turf toe injury and appears to be game time decision this week. If Brown can’t go, then Ryan Harris will start in his place. Either way you have Terrell Suggs going up against a banged up Brown or backup Harris–advantage Ravens. It also doesn’t help matters when you have a statue for a quarterback like Matt Schaub. One positive going for the Texans is they can rely on their two-headed rushing attack with Arian Foster and Ben Tate. The Ravens’ run defense has been strong thus far, but stopping the Texans’ rushing attack will be easily be their toughest test to date in 2013. Should be an interesting matchup to say the least.
With Baltimore legend Ray Lewis being inducted into the Ring of Honor and the sheer importance of this game, the Baltimore crowd will be as loud as ever. Win, lose, or draw, Schaub and the Texans’ offensive line are going to have a long day ahead of them.
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