Originally written on The Victory Formation  |  Last updated 11/9/14

Was the Saints and 49ers game exciting enough for ya? Did ya enjoy the remaining of your evening with your wife after the Patriots went up 35-7 at the half? Well, get ready for some boring old school football when the Texans play at Baltimore today.

It really is amazing that for the last 12 years, the Ravens have remained one of the best defenses in all of football, with only one player being the constant since winning the Super Bowl in 2000, Ray Lewis. There really have only been a couple of seasons where they weren’t consider among the best in the league, but overall, they have carried the stigma of being the best defense in football. Truth is, that they were 3rd in overall defense this season, while the team they take on today, the Texans, are the ranked #2. Houston had been drafting great talent to play on defense for the last few years, but it wasn’t until Wade Phillips showed up as defensive coordinator, that they put it all together. And that was with losing Mario Williams for the season. Houston has a nasty aggressive defense with Brian Cushing anchoring the linebackers and JJ Watt and Connor Barwin terrorizing backfields. The Ravens still play that old-school smash mouth style. Ed Reed is ball-hawking in the secondary, while Terrell Suggs gets after QBs.

Had this game included Matt Schaub, I wouldn’t hesitate to select Houston as the favorite in this game. TJ Yates has done just fine filling in, but the rookie from UNC isn’t the reason this team is still playing. Arian Foster is beastly. He has some of the best field vision of any running back in the league. He is extremely patient while looking for the slightest hole to burst through. Of course, on the other side, Ray Rice is an absolute stud. He runs over anyone he pleases, and his one of the best receiving backs in the entire game. Joe Flacco sucks, but his numbers become inflated by having Rice and Anquan Boldin creating a lot of yards after the catch. Whichever QB makes the fewest mistakes will be what helps their team the most.

This is the one game of the weekend where I truly believe that homefield advantage will be the big difference maker. It is going to be bitter cold in Baltimore, and that crowd is loud. It will end up being a slow prodding blowout, as the Ravens put it away in the 2nd half after too many Yates mistakes. Ravens should and will be victorious and have to head to New England next week.

Ravens 27 Houston 6

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