& so it begins
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Pt Arthur Texas
Re: Texans Game Week -- at Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens' fans
seem to know us pretty well.
Here's the way I see it...
Schaub is widely derided by Houston fans (well, at least the one I used to work with who lives there). He's got a tremendous cast around him, but still makes bonehead plays. The case is really what worries me....
Let's start with the thing that gives us the most fits...TEs. Houston has one of the upper echelon ones in Daniels. They also have a guy who has 2 TDs in the first 2 weeks, Garrett Graham. We haven't had to face TWO strong TEs yet this year, but one strong one has given us fits each week. Combined with that, they have a strong tandem of outside WRs in AJ and Nuk Hopkins. Our secondary HAS to be ready to play with the big boys here. You can't slip versus these 4 targets, they will make you play.
With that being said, you have to worry a lot about the Houston rushing attack. Foster is still playing well, and Tate was a beast this week too. With so much heat in their passing game, we have to rely on the front 7 to do a lot of the work on stopping the run. Dumervil had a fantastic game vs Browns, but he may play limited snaps vs Houston, as I'm betting we'll have Upshaw out there to contain the edge. Hoping that Brandon Williams is on the path to getting better, because if he and Canty are both out, that leaves a pretty gaping hole at DE. Would be Spears and Jones, with Tyson to fill in. Yikes.
On the defensive side, Texans have the #4 total defense in YPG, #3 vs the pass. This comes in a week when we expect Rice will be limited or unavailable. ****. Obviously, worried about JJ Watt on the edge (Remember last year, he batted down a ton of Flacco balls at the line), but maybe more concerning is Cushing up the middle against a struggling interior line. Gradkowski and KO vs Cushing? Oh crap.
I'd consider going TE-less and just bringing in Wagner as a blocker on a heavy dose of plays to chip. Our TEs are doing next to nothing anyway in the passing game, and they both also suck as blockers.
On paper, this could be a pretty brutal game. Sorry to be less than optimistic here...
However, intangibles wise, you couldn't pick a better game for the Ravens. Having Ray go into the ROH, having Reed come back, HAS to fire up both sides of the ball a little extra, especially combined with the sluggish start.