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    Re: Let's talk about Houston



    How much will the presence of Ben Grubbs, effect this game?
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  2. Re: Let's talk about Houston

    Regardless of his health, I could see Andre Johnson burning us deep more than once this Sunday and I think that will be the real key to this game. We know the Ravens defense is going to sell out to stop Foster and the ground game. We also know #20 will be shading towards AJ's side all game long, and a 3rd string rookie QB might be green enough to throw it deep in that direction anyway. The question for me is does Ed still have enough to keep these deep balls, however well or poorly thrown, from being completed for big gains? I am hoping for the best, but I believe it is a fair and open question at this stage in #20's career. Ed is my favorite Raven and I am looking forward to him sticking it to the naysayers.
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    Re: Let's talk about Houston

    Quote Originally Posted by Roland of Gilead View Post
    Regardless of his health, I could see Andre Johnson burning us deep more than once this Sunday and I think that will be the real key to this game. We know the Ravens defense is going to sell out to stop Foster and the ground game. We also know #20 will be shading towards AJ's side all game long, and a 3rd string rookie QB might be green enough to throw it deep in that direction anyway. The question for me is does Ed still have enough to keep these deep balls, however well or poorly thrown, from being completed for big gains? I am hoping for the best, but I believe it is a fair and open question at this stage in #20's career. Ed is my favorite Raven and I am looking forward to him sticking it to the naysayers.
    I'm hoping AJ has his jitters out this week. His legs looked fine, for some reason his hands were rusty, but he did catch the one that counted. TJ actually hit Andre deep in the endzone early on in the game and he dropped it. I think TJ throws a much better deep ball that Matt Shaub does. We just have to keep TJ from making a bad quick decision to force one in. That's where he gets in trouble.




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    Re: Let's talk about Houston

    I have thought about this a little bit. I am just having trouble seeing this as a closer game than the first meeting.

    In that game, the Ravens lost the turnover battle, played poorly in the red zone, and still won by two TDs, putting up 29 points.

    I just don't see enough of a difference, in the two teams, that would now lead me to think this game will be any closer. Here is what the Texans have going for them this time, that they did not last time:

    1.) Andre Johnson will play. You are definitely going to have to pay attention to Andre Johnson and his presence could also draw a safety.

    2.) Their defense has more experience in Wade Phillips' defense. Brooks Reed has more games worth of experience, as a starter.

    Here is what the Ravens have going for them, that they did not the first time:

    1.) Matt Schaub will not be playing this time. T.J. Yates will be starting at QB

    2.) Ben Grubbs is playing this time. Grubbs is a former Pro Bowler and this offensive line has played much better, when running the ball and when protecting the quarterback, since he has returned.

    Matt Schaub had to make some major third down throws, to keep the game close, as long as it was. I just do not see Yates doing that against this defense, in this stadium. They've already handled Foster well and know how he is going to get his touches.

    Last time, the Ravens lost the turnover battle 0-2, but still put up 29 points and won by two TDs. I just don't see enough of a difference this time around.

    I think this game will be a blowout.
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    Re: Let's talk about Houston

    Quote Originally Posted by 52decleetzu View Post
    Barring a minor miracle the Texans are coming into Baltimore next week. Now after watching this game I am pretty confident for a number of reasons, but they do scare me on defense.

    1. Our Oline better come to play - They destroyed the Bungles Dline tonight, and we need a great performance or we won't be moving the ball.
    The key is to out-physical the Texans O line, keep them in long down and distance. They are typically are more fit than most dlines, so eventually they tend to wear down teams in 4th quarter.

    Quote Originally Posted by 52decleetzu View Post
    2. I can't wait til Yates floats a couple up there for Reed. - Yates has a noodle for an arm, and really isn't that accurate. He is just asking to be picked off by reed a couple times.
    Nah, he doesn't have a noodle arm. Actually the bigger concern is that his throws have more pop than Schaub/Leinart. The players have been bumping up the velocity of the Jugs machine to get used to how he throws. His accuracy comes and goes. Given his situation, he has been impressive. FWIW, his YPC is higher than Flacco's.

    Quote Originally Posted by 52decleetzu View Post
    3. Their running game is a minor concern. - Foster is a beast, but I didn't see anything tonight that scared me and last time we played he only had 15 carries somehow. It wasn't like they were rally behind either. The screen game with him scare me much more that him running.
    I would expect for the Texans to work the outsides a bit. Texans offense is all about keeping defenses off balance, getting them tired, worried about cut blocks. Usually against physical fronts, they will do plays early in the game that get defenses moving laterally to make them sweat gravy. Foster is a great guy, very smart, and a very complete running back.

    Quote Originally Posted by 52decleetzu View Post
    4. Wow...that Dline again as I am watching. They are just KILLING the Bungles Oline. That is a BIG concern. It seemed like in every nickel situation they got inside pressure. Interior OL needs to be on point.
    This is the first year that it has been enjoyable to watch the defense. The Texans have been using high picks on defense for years, and now they finally have an experienced defensive coordinator who knows what he is doing, can call a defense, and picked free agents and draft picks that suit what they do.

    Quote Originally Posted by 52decleetzu View Post
    5. Andre Johnson clearly isn't right. - Every ball except the TD pass was bobbled or dropped. he doesn't seem to have it with all the time off.
    I think that was a knock rust off game. AJ does two things for us: 1. Big play potential (he won the ATL game for us before his injury); 2. Usually defenses play exotic defensive stuff on him, and this opens things up for receivers, TEs, RBs. The Texans are very good at designing plays to exploit defensive stuff they see earlier in the game. Makes guys WIDE open. Some of the early play calls that don't work end up helping out down the road after the Texans analyze how the defense is playing things. If he is ever played single coverage, or if there is a busted coverage, that is usually an easy Andre Johnson TD. I feel honored to have watched every play of his career.




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    Quote Originally Posted by The Excellector View Post
    I have thought about this a little bit. I am just having trouble seeing this as a closer game than the first meeting.

    In that game, the Ravens lost the turnover battle, played poorly in the red zone, and still won by two TDs, putting up 29 points.

    I just don't see enough of a difference, in the two teams, that would now lead me to think this game will be any closer. Here is what the Texans have going for them this time, that they did not last time:

    1.) Andre Johnson will play. You are definitely going to have to pay attention to Andre Johnson and his presence could also draw a safety.

    2.) Their defense has more experience in Wade Phillips' defense. Brooks Reed has more games worth of experience, as a starter.

    Here is what the Ravens have going for them, that they did not the first time:

    1.) Matt Schaub will not be playing this time. T.J. Yates will be starting at QB

    2.) Ben Grubbs is playing this time. Grubbs is a former Pro Bowler and this offensive line has played much better, when running the ball and when protecting the quarterback, since he has returned.

    Matt Schaub had to make some major third down throws, to keep the game close, as long as it was. I just do not see Yates doing that against this defense, in this stadium. They've already handled Foster well and know how he is going to get his touches.

    Last time, the Ravens lost the turnover battle 0-2, but still put up 29 points and won by two TDs. I just don't see enough of a difference this time around.

    I think this game will be a blowout.
    Every game does not turn out the same. If you could crunch numbers and pick a game you would be a millionaire in Vegas. Look at LSU/Alabama. You just don't know until you play the gaame. There are too many intangibles.

    I also thought of this this morning. The Texans have no pressure. Everybody expects us to lose. Texan fans will still think, with the injuries we have had this season, that this was a great season if we lose to the #2 seed on their field with our #3 QB. On the other hand, y'all will see the Ravens as a huge disappointment if y'all lose to us, at home, in your first playoff game after working all year to securing a first round bye, against a 3rd string QB. We should be loose coming into this game. We'll all just have to wait until Sunday. I think it could go either way.




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    Re: Let's talk about Houston

    Quote Originally Posted by Texan fan View Post
    I also thought of this this morning. The Texans have no pressure. Everybody expects us to lose. Texan fans will still think, with the injuries we have had this season, that this was a great season if we lose to the #2 seed on their field with our #3 QB. On the other hand, y'all will see the Ravens as a huge disappointment if y'all lose to us, at home, in your first playoff game after working all year to securing a first round bye, against a 3rd string QB. We should be loose coming into this game. We'll all just have to wait until Sunday. I think it could go either way.
    Either way? No...the Ravens are the better team and there is a reason they are 7.5 pt favorites. That doesn't guarantee a win - in fact, I don't think they will cover the spread and it will be close.

    Regarding pressure, this Ravens team has played 7 playoff games over the last 3 years, all on the road, and had to win just about every game in late November and into December to win the division. They may lose, but I don't think it will be because they succumbed to the pressure of playing in the playoffs.




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    Re: Let's talk about Houston

    With LSU/Alabama, you saw some missed field goals the first time around. You had something.

    This time, the Texans do have a defense that has more experience, particularly with Brooks Reed. They have now got used to playing without their best offensive and defensive player, although Johnson played last week and will play Sunday.

    However, the last time, Ben Grubbs, didn't play, Jimmy Smith didn't play. Joe Flacco took some big hits and still threw for 300. The offensive line struggled running the ball, but still managed 100 yards for Ray Rice. There was a blown coverage in the secondary by Benard Pollard. There were three Texans fumbles that were not recovered by the defense. The Ravens played some bad red zone offense. Yet, they still won by two TDs.

    Then again, that is why they play the games.
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    Re: Let's talk about Houston

    Quote Originally Posted by MojoMan View Post
    But there comes a time when the young bull challenges the old for the top spot and there is a changing of the guard. Is that going to happen this year in this game? I hope so, but it will be a very impressive win by the Texans if they can pull it off. Obviously, nobody expects that the Ravens are going to go down without a fight.
    Reminds me of an old joke. You're just making sure we know you're a bull.... Here's the joke if you've never heard it:


    Three bulls heard via the grapevine that the rancher was going to bring yet another bull onto the ranch, and the prospect raised a discussion among them.

    First Bull: "Boys, we all know I've been here 5 years. Once we settled our differences, we agreed on which 100 of the cows would be mine. Now, I don't know where this newcomer is going to get HIS cows, but I ain't givin' him any of mine."

    Second Bull: "That pretty much says it for me, too. I've been here 3 years and have earned my right to the 50 cows we've agreed are mine. I'll fight him till I run him off or kill him, but I'M KEEPIN' ALL MY COWS."

    Third Bull: "I've only been here a year, and so far you guys have only let me have 10 cows to "take care of". I may not be as big as you fellows (yet) but I am young and virile, so I simply MUST keep all MY cows."

    They had just finished their big talk when an eighteen-wheeler pulls up in the middle of the pasture with only ONE ANIMAL IN IT: the biggest Son-of-Another-Bull these guys had ever seen! At 4700 pounds, each step he took toward the ground strained the steel ramp to the breaking point.

    First Bull: "Ahem... You know, it's actually been some time since I really felt I was doing all my cows justice, anyway. I think I can spare a few for our new friend."

    Second Bull: "I'll have plenty of cows to take care of if I just stay on the opposite end of the pasture from HIM. I'm certainly not looking for an argument."

    They look over at their young friend, the 3rd bull, and find him pawing the dirt, shaking his horns, and snorting.

    First Bull: "Son, let me give you some advice real quick. Let him have some of your cows and live to tell about it."

    Third Bull: "Hell, he can have ALL my cows. I'm just making sure he knows I'M a bull!"


    Seriously, though, may the best team win on Sunday and I hope those of you traveling up from Texas have a safe trip and enjoy Baltimore this weekend. As for the game, I'll let the players work that out Sunday at 1:00.




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    Re: Let's talk about Houston

    Quote Originally Posted by Texans_Chick View Post
    The Texans are very good at designing plays to exploit defensive stuff they see earlier in the game. Makes guys WIDE open.
    Three questions for you:

    1) Who is your offensive coordinator?

    2) Is his contract with the Texans ending soon?

    3) Does he like crab cakes?




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