Join Date: Jun 2004
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Houston Texans @ Baltimore Ravens. Noon. 9/22. CBS. **Official GameDay Thread**
We rockin' our peers, puttin' suckas in fear!
The Houston Texans are getting used to comebacks. Now with a daunting schedule ahead, they hope some offensive rhythm can allow them to avoid having to come back at all.
The Texans kick off a tough three-week stretch with a road game against a hurting Baltimore Ravens team that likely won't have Ray Rice on Sunday.
After playing the Super Bowl champions, Houston (2-0) hosts Seattle before visiting San Francisco, a 1-2-3 punch that will test the team's strengths - and its undefeated record. Baltimore has been a nemesis for the Texans while Seattle and San Francisco are considered Super Bowl contenders.
Houston has needed second-half rallies to win both of its games. The Texans set a franchise record by coming from 21 points down to beat San Diego 31-28 in the opener, then erased an eight-point deficit in the fourth quarter to eventually upend Tennessee 30-24 in overtime last Sunday.
"If it means winning at the end of the day we'll take this kind of game every week," said Matt Schaub, who has thrown for 644 yards and six touchdowns.
Despite Schaub's numbers, Houston has struggled to find consistency on offense.
The team scored in five plays on its opening drive against the Titans, then was mostly ineffective until tying the game on Arian Foster's touchdown run and two-point conversion with 1:53 to go in the fourth. It was a similar story a week earlier as the Texans went scoreless for a 28-minute span in the middle of the game.
"That's part of the NFL battle. We've got to get more consistent at what we're doing," said coach Gary Kubiak, whose team was 6 for 17 on third-down conversions last week. "We just didn't make any third downs. Third downs, they're the key to staying on the field and being balanced."
Houston hopes to have star receiver Andre Johnson available against Baltimore. His status is uncertain after sustaining a concussion Sunday on a fourth-quarter hit from Bernard Pollard, who was later fined $42,000.
"It'll be an end-of-the-week decision because we have to go through the process," Kubiak said Monday. "I think after the game, talking to him and seeing where he's at today, he's doing really well, and I'd expect the progress to go very quickly."
The Ravens (1-1) are also dealing with an injury to a star player. Rice left last Sunday's 14-6 win over Cleveland with a strained left hip flexor, and after missing a third consecutive day of practice on Friday was listed as doubtful.
If Rice is unable to play, Bernard Pierce would get the start. Pierce had a touchdown run against the Browns and finished with 57 yards on 19 carries.
What I want to see:
Help the bookends with Sizzle and Doom
Without DB in the game today, we'll need to give Harris some help on the left side. If that means consistent chipping, fine. Schaub can NOT be under duress like he's been at times the last two weeks.
Run, run, run
23 and 44...as much as possible. Last two weeks; pedestrian run games (not that Denver needed it). That said, let's show 'em that we got backs on backs on backs on backs.
CONSTANT pressure on Flacco
Last two times we've played him, we've beat him up a bit. So, with that in mind; let's keep that up. Pressure up the middle has been giving Flacco trouble vs. our D, so I expect to see more of that.
Rice or not; MUST stop the run
Ravens still like to run the ball, so regardless if it's 27 or Bernard Pierce..stopping the run is a must. Was a little shaky in the 1st half last week, but got better in the 2nd half. ELIMINATE any sort of shakiness early and often.
Well, folks...week 3! Let's go to work early. As y'all know, this game won't be easy, but that doesn't mean we can't focus on the task. Physical football all day and getting that 1st win in B-More; not to mention, 1-0! That's the main goal every week. Let's go in to their crib and handle bidness! COMPETITION'S PAYIN' THE PRICE!
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