Ravens-Texans: Preview Roundtable
Isaac Barrow: When you look at the rest of our schedule, we're going to need games like this and games against the Cincinnati's of the NFL. While I think the Ravens aren't as good as people give them credit for, I'd be surprised if the Ravens don't get a win. I think these games are beneficial to our success because if we can gain some confidence against weak teams like these, we can compete and even beat an NFC East team or two.
Joe Flacco has amazed me. He has already equaled the amount of wins Kyle Boller and Steve McNair totaled to next year. Not bad for a rookie coming from a school that lost the D-II championship.
The Ravens only trail the Steelers in the North and could surpass them with a win here.
The Texans are playing better. Despite being 3-5, all those wins came in the last four games. They did lose to Minnesota last week, 28-21. The Ravens haven't won three straight road games since 2001, and they sure picked a good team to accomplish the feat against. Keys to the game: Ray Rice. Ravens 28, Texans 7.
Sean O'Brien: This game is an interesting matchup. The Ravens are coming off a come-from-behind-victory over the Browns, while Houston is trying to recover from the loss of Matt Schaub and a close loss to Minnesota.
Andre Johnson is having an awesome season right now, and Baltimore's secondary is still trying to get healthy. I think that if Ray Lewis and the Baltimore "D" can get into Sage Rosenfel's face, they can create some clutch turnovers.
Offensively, we should see a healthy dose of Ray Rice mixed in with some play-action passing from rookie Joe Flacco. If they can stay balanced and swing the momentum away from a hungry Texans team, I think the Ravens can walk away with the W.
My prediction: Ravens 23, Texans 13
Luke Jones: The Ravens will feel some extra motivation when they travel to Houston to take on the Texans on Sunday. This was to be their bye week, but the game originally scheduled for Sept. 14 was postponed due to Hurricane Ike.
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