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RAVENS – 13
TEXANS – 43
Sunday afternoon at Reliant Stadium was not a pretty one for the Baltimore Ravens. The Houston Texans dominated in every facet of the game and are now standing alone atop the AFC standings. Houston took it to the Ravens in the running game, the passing game, on defense, virtually every aspect of the game the Texans were better than the Ravens and the 43-13 score reflects that.
Baltimore came into Sunday’s game with an emotional boost in the way of Terrell Suggs, but unfortunately it was not enough. While it only took Suggs 7 plays to register his first sack, you could tell he wasn’t in top form yet, and there really isn’t any way he could have been. After coming back from his Achilles injury sooner than anybody expected, this was his first game action since last year’s playoff defeat.
After last week’s blowout loss to the Packers, people were wondering if the Texans were legit contenders or merely pretenders after only beating what some folks viewed as “soft” teams. I think that Sunday’s game against the Ravens showed that they are for real and even though they have some key injuries of their own, they can still compete and beat the best of them.
What the Ravens did to NOT win the game
Baltimore got their butts whipped in every way possibly Sunday plain and simple. After their first drive went for 8 plays, 45 yards, and 3 points the Ravens slid downhill fast. On their next drive Flacco got sacked in the end zone for a safety and they wouldn’t end up scoring again until the 3rd quarter. Baltimore was only able to convert on 4 of 15 third down conversions which resulted in Houston dominating the time of possession. Houston kept the ball for 38:16 while Baltimore was only able to handle it for 21:44. When a team possess the ball for close to 17 minutes longer than their opponent, it’s pretty clear what the outcome of the game is going to be.
Baltimore also got heavily outgained in yards on Sunday. Houston collected 420 yards while the Ravens were only able to muster a measly 176. Yes you read that right, 176 total yards. Those are typically weak numbers for one half for Baltimore, but on Sunday, nothing was working for the Ravens, and a 30 point defeat was the result. In addition to getting outgained by a huge margin, the Ravens also turned the ball over twice compared to the Texans who didn’t turn it over once.
What the Texans did to win the game
As I noted in the preview, we should expect the Texans to run run run and run some more. Houston had a total of 37 rushes to go along with 37 passes and their 50-50 balanced attack proved to be dominate against the Ravens. While the Texans didn’t gather over 200 yards rushing like Baltimore’s last two opponents did, they were certainly close in gaining 181 rushing yards. Arian Foster had 98 yards and 2 touchdowns to lead the Texans rushing attack.
Houston tried to get Andre Johnson involved heavily and his 10 targets proved that. Baltimore did a nice job containing Johnson in only allowing him 86 yards, but the Texans were still able to dominate the Ravens. Schaub spread the love around and 4 receivers had over 30 yards. Their balanced attack from the opening kickoff proved to be the right method in beating this injury plagued Ravens squad.
The match-up I wanted to keep an eye on this week was Andre Johnson versus the Baltimore corners. Cary Williams was matched up with Johnson a lot of although Johnson had 9 catches, but those catches were good for only 86 yards. Those numbers aren’t hateful if you are a Ravens fan for a defense playing against a perennial Pro-Bowl receiver without their best cover corner. Even though Baltimore kept Johnson in check, they still were dominated everywhere else on the field and lost this one.
Well I couldn’t have been more wrong on my prediction. My prediction of a 28-24 victory with T-Sizzle’s return to the field got crushed. Baltimore seemed to just lay over to this Texans team and they got crushed 43-13.
Luckily for the Ravens, week 8 is their bye week. This is much needed after their crushing defeat this week. Also Terrell Suggs will have the extra time to get more into game shape. After their bye week Baltimore travels to Cleveland to take on the Browns.
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According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs is expected to play in tomorrow’s game against the Texans.Suggs was activated to the Ravens’ active roster today and linebacker Sergio Kindle was cut.With Suggs likely playing, I wouldn’t expect him to get more than 15 snaps.
Six months after sustaining a torn Achilles tendon on the basketball court, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs will suit up and play against the Houston Texans, the team announced.
Suggs, who was placed on the non-football injury list in April, has participated all week in practice and it was expected that he would make his return. It couldn't come at a better time.
Texans running back Arian Foster bounced back from a 29-yard effort last week against Green Bay by carrying the ball 19 times for 98 yards and two scores Sunday in a win over Baltimore.Fantasy Spin:Foster has a league-best nine rushing touchdowns in seven games this season. Six of those scores have come in Houston's last four games. Fantasy owners will have a tough time replacing...
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Terrell Suggs is extremely happy to be back on the football field, and it looks like his positive attitude carried over to the Baltimore Ravens team photo day. The first instance of Suggs being Suggs is the below photo of him posing like a male model with a giant grin on his face. You can see plenty more fun pics on the team’s official Facebook page.The second instance...
Terrell Suggs has already been a bigger factor in Baltimore’s defense than anyone had reason to expect. in the first half in Houston, he notched a sack. He played in a large share of the defensive snaps and has ever been playing pass coverage. With Haloti Ngata having left, Suggs might be just about all Baltimore has left in its once-exalted defense.
With way too much dependent...
Ravens defensive end Terrell Suggs has been downgraded to a game-time decision Sunday against Houston. Suggs (Achilles) was activated from the team's physically unable to perform list on Saturday.Fantasy Spin:We assumed the activation meant Suggs would play but apparently that's not necessarily the case. If Suggs sits, Albert McClellan would likely get the start in his place.
With Ray Lewis possibly gone for the rest of the season, the Baltimore Ravens will have to hope that linebacker Terrell Suggs will be able to fill in for his absence.
Suggs hasn't played a game this season due to a tore Achilles tendon but it believed that he might play against the Houston Texans later today.
During the week, Suggs decided to play a prank on Ravens reporter...
The Houston Texans proved on Sunday afternoon that they are indeed the team to beat in the AFC. But even more so, with a 43-13 rout of the Ravens, the Texans firmly asserted themselves as the best team in the NFL.
Okay, so the Atlanta Falcons are still undefeated and playing about as well as any team in football. But even a perfect record can't strip the Texans of their title...
The Ravens’ Terrell Suggs, the NFL defensive player of the year last season, returned to action today after tearing his Achilles tendon just a few months ago. It was feared that he’d be out for the season but he’s back and looks as good as he did when he left, sacking Houston’s Matt Schaub on the seventh defensive play of the game. Welcome back, Terrell!
You know Terrell Suggs is fully back from his off-season Achilles injury when he’s back to doing his usual things, like getting sacks and acting the fool during team photo day. It’s not the first time that Suggs has gotten all goofy for the photo. He did a prancy Peter Pan pose for the 2009 session.
In this year’s full team shoot, Suggs also switched jerseys with Haloti Ngata...
Baltimore Ravens vs. Houston Texans: Hero and Zero of the Game Both the Baltimore Ravens and the Houston Texans had a record of 5-1 coming into this Week 7 match-up. This game was a rematch of the January 15, 2012 playoff game, in which the Ravens beat the Texans by a score of 20-13. What a difference a season makes, as the Texans were frustrating hosts for the Ravens’...
Chris Johnson managed to get himself to the edge early in the game against the Bills showing nice burst to get an impressive touchdown. Things must have gone crazy on the Ravens sideline when Terrell Suggs pulled down Matt Schaub in the first quarter. I thought he was crazy to play on one peg, but, …
The Bye Week break is behind us now.
I don't expect a miracle comeback by Mike Patterson or Jason Peters. I don't know how the heck Terrell Suggs pulled off a 6-month rehab from Achilles tendon reconstruction surgery...but I don't think anything like that is going to happen here.
The Eagles are 3-3...with more questions than answers.
This is gut-check time...
Despite the amazing renaissance of OLB Terrell Suggs who basically rose up from the dead, the Ravens were unable to compensate for their current defensive deficiencies... and got pounded by the Houston Texans, 43-13...Matt Schaub threw two touchdown passes, Arian Foster ran for two scores and the Texans dominated a showdown of the conference's top two teams, routing the Baltimore...
HOUSTON (AP) -- The Texans needed a win over Baltimore to enter their bye with the AFC's best record.
The lopsided victory gave them that, and clearly separated them from the second-place Ravens and the rest of the conference.
Still, the Texans (6-1) know they can't be too impressed with what they've accomplished so far.
"You can't look at the big picture...