Week 10 Preview: Baltimore at Houston

Flacco gets love
The Baltimore Ravens head into Houston for their week two makeup game brimming with confidence on the offensive side of the ball.

Yes, that’s not a typo.

With first year quarterback, Joe Flacco steadily improving the Ravens are starting to put together a fairly potent offense, which might be the first time since the start of this franchise with Vinny Testaverde behind center. In fact for the first time Flacco was named AFC offensive player of the week for his work in Cleveland helping his team overcome a 14 point deficit. He hopes to continue his heady turnover free play and as he says it, “help the team start to stack up wins’.

The Texans are now without starter Matt Schaub for at least the next month. He was starting to make the offensive click, especially with man-beast Andre Johnson as his main target. The team is listed as fourth in the league in total offense averaging 373 yards per game. Sage Rosenfels has been here before relieving the fragile Schaub. He has filled in capably but is prone to an ill-timed mistake or two.

The Baltimore defense continues to shut down teams when they need to and still rank in the top portion of the league defending the run and the pass. They have done so without starting corners Chris McAlister and Samari Rolle. Their backups have filled in nicely and they should get Rolle back this week. They will need all the help they can get in bottling up Houston’s main weapon Johnson.

This is a game that could play out in a similar fashion as the Cleveland game last week. I don’t mean that the offense will have to bail out the defense for a period of time but you have a Texan team that will throw the ball a lot. The Ravens have had their issues during the year with passes towards the center of the field. They will need to get pressure early and often.

If Baltimore wants to start throwing around the ‘playoff” word then you win games like this. The Texan defense had trouble last week with the run and the pass so there should be opportunities for strong Ray Rice showing. However this game to me screams “trap game’ but with the way the team has played lately if they maintain focus they should be ready for a huge test next week against the Giants.

Ravens 24 Texans 13

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