The Houston Texans came into Baltimore missing two of their best players. Mario Williams and Andre Johnson were both out and it helped the Ravens. Mario Williams is one of the best pass rushers in the NFL, and with him out the Ravens kept Flacco protected pretty well. Even with Johnson out, the Ravens didn’t do very well against the Texans passing attack. Matt Schaub was able to throw well because he was not being pressured.
The Ravens defense didn’t play their best game. They didn’t get pressure to Schaub and he made them pay. The Ravens were able to stop Arian Foster, he had 49 yards, which is something they couldn’t do last year when he ran for over 100 yards. The Ravens have pressured most quarterbacks they played, except for the Hasselbeck and the Titans won that game, because when they don’t pressure the quarterback they usually lose the game.
The Ravens offense had some bright moments but also some very weak moments. The Ravens were 2-4 in the redzone and they need to do a lot better if they want to make it deep into the playoffs or the Super Bowl. The Ravens scored 29 points but had five field goals. The Ravens had two 50 yards plus pass completions but settled for field goals on both.
On their first redzone possession, the Ravens were on the one and couldn’t score three straight times. The Ravens got very lucky that the Texans had two personal fouls on the one yard line. Eventually the Ravens scored on a Joe Flacco quarterback sneak. The Ravens couldn’t pound it in with Rice or Williams. They got lucky that the Texans had two stupid penalties.
The Ravens have the potential to go very far in the playoffs with their explosive offensive and their stringent defense. They go up against the Jaguars this coming week and need to stop MJD. They did great by stopping Foster but we will see how they do against the Jaguars.