Found January 13, 2012 on The Purple Chaos:
After having every player on the roster participate in practice this week, there are a couple of surprises on the final injury report for the Baltimore Ravens leading into their divisional-round clash with the Houston Texans. Baltimore has listed inside linebackers Jameel McClain (knee) and Brendon Ayanbadejo (knee) as questionable for Sunday’s game against the [...]

AFC Playoff Preview: Which Joe Flacco Will Show Up For The Ravens?

Joe Flacco's week to week performance is like something out of a nursery rhyme. When he's good, as in his 389-yard, 3-touchdown demolition of the Rams, he's very very good. But when he's bad, like his 137-yard stinker in a 12-7 loss to the Jaguars... he's horrid. And the difference between the two Flaccos could be enough to spell the difference between winning...

Divisional Playoff Preview – Texans (11-6) @ Ravens (12-4)

The Houston Texans, fresh off their first playoff victory in franchise history – a 31-10 spanking of the Cincinnati Bengals – come to Baltimore for the second time this year hoping to earn a berth in the AFC Championship game. As I said several times this week, the Texans are to be commended for their first ever postseason win, and for doing it with a third string quarterback...

Thursday’s Injury Update: Ravens Have Everyone Participate in Practice Again

At this point in the season many teams are battling a rash of injuries, but the Baltimore Ravens are as healthy as they’ve been in some time. For the second straight day, the Ravens had their full roster out at practice today, and everyone took part in today’s session, according to Dan Kolko of [...]

Baltimore Ravens vs. Houston Texans: The Impact of Ben Tate and Ricky Williams

Both the Baltimore Ravens and Houston Texans have a premier runningback. Ray Rice and Arian Foster have been accumulating tons of yards this year and their play on the field speaks for it self. But when Rice or Foster needs a breather, two backs are ready to go. The Ravens rely on veteran Ricky Williams to compliment Ray Rice while the Texans do the same with young Ben Tate out...

NFL Playoffs: First by ground, then by air

NFL PLAYOFF SUNDAY Houston at Baltimore, 1 p.m. ET What to watch for: The Ravens are 5-0 all-time against the Texans, including a 29-14 victory at home on Oct. 16. The Ravens rolled up 402 yards, with Joe Flacco throwing for 305. Flacco, in the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season, is the only quarterback ever to win a playoff game in each of his first three NFL seasons....

Maryland Student Reprimanded for Wearing Terrell Suggs Inspired Ball So Hard Sweatshirt

A 12-year-old student was reprimanded for wearing a “Ball So Hard University” sweatshirt to school, Bel Air Patch reports. The “Ball So Hard University” phrase was popularized by Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs, who on Sunday Night Football introductions said his alma mater was “Ball So Hard University.” His statement was a joke (and reference to a Jay-Z and Kanye West...

The Houston Texans Will Hold Their Own Against the Baltimore Ravens

The last time that the Houston Texans visited the Baltimore Ravens they left with a loss. However, the also left with a preview of what they should expect to see from the Ravens this Sunday. While the Texans held their own in the first half of the game it was the second half in which they began to really lose control of the game. What began as a one point advantage over the Ravens...

On the 2011 Texans & new Wade developments

The Texans have a chance to match the biggest win in the history of Houston NFL football on Sunday if they are able to pull the upset in Baltimore. In the 1979 Divisional Round the Houston Oilers beat the Chargers in San Diego 17-14, only to fall to the Steelers in the AFC title game in the infamous “Mike Renfro” game. Obviously there’s a whole generation of fans who don...

Suggs thinks this year's team is equipped for a deep run

Linebacker likes weapons on offensive side of ballSince the Ravens drafted Terrell Suggs in the first round in 2003, the organization has qualified for the postseason in five seasons prior to the current campaign.

Raven LB Lewis a fan of Houston RB Foster

Arian Foster was in his first season as a starter for Houston in 2010 when the Texans hosted the Ravens. When Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis grabbed the running back after a play, he didn't know what to expect. Turns out Lewis had become a fan and told Foster he loved the way he played. Then he told him he had a ''very, very bright future.'' Since then the pair...

Cowboys' loss is Texans' gain with safety Danieal Manning

Danieal Manning helps Houston reach new highs.

For the Houston Texans the Ravens Represent a Different Kind of Test

This season has been about perseverance for the Texans, what started with a stroke of luck in their favour in the form of a neck injury to Peyton Manning turned out to be a season riddled with injury problems and adversity of their own. The 2011 Texans have overcome a great deal to make it [...]

Super Advanced Scouting Report: Texans Vs. Ravens

We're doing in-depth scouting reports on the two big AFC divisional playoff games. Yesterday, it was Broncos-Patriots. Next up: Texans/Ravens. The Teams: The Baltimore Ravens vs. the Houston Texans Records: 12-4 (Ravens), 11-6 (Texans) The Line: Ravens by 7.5. The Coaches: Gary Kubiak vs. John Harbaugh. I still think Kubiak purposely styles his hair like Nick...

Wade Phillips prepares for his Buccaneers interview

On Sunday, the Houston Texans will visit the Ravens in Baltimore, hoping to win a second playoff game.  Before then, Texans’ defensive coordinator Wade Phillips will visit the Buccaneers in Tampa, hoping to win a fourth head-coaching job. But Phillips sounds conflicted regarding his future. “Well again, you know, my first priority is to be…
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