The visiting Houston Texans dominated the Baltimore Ravens early on, but great red zone defense on the Ravens’ part had them down only 6-0. Back in the early 2000s us Ravens fans would always say that the defense needs to score. That’s because the offenses of those years were usually so pathetic that the defense was the only hope to score. After finally getting a decent drive from the offense for a field goal, Daryl Smith picked off Matt Schaub to give the Ravens a 10-6 lead. That would have been fine to go to halftime like that, but add an incredible 82-yard Tandon Doss punt return and now it’s 17-6 with the Ravens getting the ball first in the second half.
Now’s the time to just grind it out, right? Wrong.
After a pretty anemic performance in the first half Joe Flacco did what he does best and started throwing bombs all over the field. Third-and-15, the Ravens have no chance of getting that first down, right? Wrong again. A 48-yard pass to Torrey Smith would be the key play that blew this game wide open. Down 24-9 a run heavy Houston team with a shaky line and a hobbled Andre Johnson didn’t stand a chance.
The Ravens weathered the storm early and had key contributions from all three phases of the game. In my opinion if the Ravens give up touchdowns instead of field goals on those early drives, we might be looking at a different game. The running game led by Bernard Pierce had a lot of trouble moving the ball, but Houston has a really good run defense, so we could let that slide for now. Hopefully Ray Rice can get back for the Ravens in next week’s contest on the road against the Buffalo Bills. This win against the Texans is huge for the Ravens both in the short term and the long term. Bring on the Bills.
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