Texans vs. Ravens: 5 Things We Learned from Houston's Loss to Baltimore
Their defense kept them in the game for most of it, but the Texans offense was never able to get a real rhythm going.
Arian Foster doesn't seem a hundred percent and Gary Kubiak seemed to shy away from the run.
After six games, the Texans are an all too familiar .500 at 3-3. Fortunately for them, the toughest part of their schedule is now over. But with a team ravaged by injuries, it isn't going to be easy. Especially after some of the things we learned about them today.
Let's take a look at a few of them.
Arian Foster Isn't Fully Healthy
I know that doctors have said Arian Foster's hamstring is fine, but discounting his game against the Steelers in Week 4, he has looked quite pedestrian.
I know that teams are accounting for him more now that Andre Johnson is still out, but that doesn't explain his lack of a burst or his three drops on the afternoon. His hands have always been one of those things that make him special receiving the ball out of the back field. But he blew opportunities on big plays today more than once.
Hopefully, he can get some rest with Ben Tate playing so well and Derrick Ward ready to play again.
Jacoby Jones Isn't as Bad as We Thought
After being blasted by the fans and local media all week, Jacoby Jones responded with a four-catch, 76-yard day and a touchdown.
I'm sure the two catches early that the newly acquired Derrick Mason had went a long way in lighting a fire under him.
Can he keep it up? Well, that all depends on when some guy named Andre Johnson gets back on the field.
The Defense Is Good...
Even though the Ravens put up 29 points on the Texans defense today, they still played a pretty good game. Unfortunately, a defense that played "bend but don't break" finally broke in the fourth quarter.
Combine that with a Ravens defense that would give the Texans nothing on the other side and you have your final result.
The pass rush still looked beastly even with Mario Williams out, and Brian Cushing continues to impress. Still, a second cornerback has to be a priority to this team going forward. Kareem Jackson or Jason Allen is going to be picked on mercilessly every week from here on out. Allowing 305 yards passing to Joe Flacco is unacceptable.
But the Ravens Defense Is Better
I'm looking at a lot of whining on twitter right now about how the Texans offense is lousy because they only scored 14 points.
Let me ask you this; Is the Texans offense centered around Andre Johnson?
Were they playing one of the best teams in football on the road?
Do the Ravens likely have the best defense in the NFL?
For people to whine about that is just looking for a reason to bitch. Sure, they had their chances to make big plays today but when your best player is standing on the sidelines, it's tough to make those plays against a defense full of franchise players.
Gary Kubiak Is Still Making the Same Mistakes
I'm not one of the ones right now calling for Gary Kubiak's job, actually. But some of the gripes and complaints make a lot of sense.
For example, the play calling leaves a lot of people scratching their heads. You are facing a 3rd-and-9 and you throw a one-yard pass? What the hell?
How about the fact that you have Bernard Pollard trying to cover Owen Daniels and he only accrues 13 yards on two catches?
Or how about when Ben Tate is averaging 4.6 yards per carry and you sit him on the bench?
Should I even bring up the numerous boneheaded play calls on fourth down today?
How about not challenging the atrocious "incomplete pass" call in the first quarter? It was clearly not an incomplete pass and the Ravens scored a touchdown a few plays later.
I could go on and on, but I won't. Every game you are going to have moments of second guessing every move a coach makes. But to be calling for Gary Kubiak's job because two of his losses this year have been on the road against the Ravens and the Saints, two legitimate Super Bowl contenders, is quite a stretch.
Texans fans are no doubt exhausted at being painfully mediocre, but what they seem to forget is that most of them said when they first saw the schedule that they'd be happy to be 4-2 or 3-3 after the first six games on the schedule.
If you feel like backtracking on that now, I'm sure the Titans bandwagon would love to have you allegiance.