Originally Posted by Hervoyel
Quickest way to do that is to stomp the guts out of a wounded Baltimore team. If we win Sunday I'm not going to even think about waving it in the faces of Ravens fans. We will have beaten a very depleted Ravens team and anyone who doesn't understand that is a fool. Beating them with Suggs, Lewis, Webb, and Ngata is entirely different from beating them without those guys (should Ngata not play or be far below 100%).
We need the win though so I don't think we should apologize for it. You play the cards your dealt and we had losses last year that came almost certainly as a result of Schaub being lost for the year. Had we picked up a couple more wins along the way we'd have most likely hosted them in the second round and who knows what could have happened.
Luck factors into it as much as anything else.
We're lucky they didn't lose Sunday because the Ravens almost never lose two in a row these days. We're lucky that they're banged up. We're lucky that we are no worse than we are and we're lucky that we've got a bye week coming up after this game. The timing couldn't be better for the Texans to win their first ever game against the Ravens and then getting some rest and regrouping.
A good ass-beating can wake up a complacent team that's been reading it's own press and believing it. As long as we don't fall into a rut and rip off 3-4 lousy games in a row this is survivable.
I've seen the theory that the Texans possibly began buying their own hype and got complacent. I never wanted to believe that, because this team just seemed too focused and disciplined. I still don't think it was the case, and that they just had their ass handed to them.
But some of the penalties that extended drives and losing their composure was discouraging. Still, I think it could end up being a one-time thing and not a recurring problem.
As far as Baltimore's injuries, it definitely works in the Texans' favor. I just think the importance of those injuries has to be dampened a little bit because their previous two opponents seemed to show up despite not having some of their key players.
This may seem as a corny/cheesy/lame(whatever you want to call it) point, but I think there's something to be said about the former Texans on the Ravens. Each one--Pollard, Leach, Jones--understandably seemed a little bitter after leaving. And I know they've already played the Texans twice, but I think playing them at Reliant could re-ignite that fire. Just something to think about.