Introducing our newest member of the Ravens Gab staff, Ben Zinman. Ben will bring insightful commentary and opinion to our blog. Here is Ben’s pre-game thoughts:
Which Ravens team will show up this week?
The Houston Texans come to town this weekend without one of the best receivers in the game, Andre Johnson. They will also be without their sack specialist linebacker Mario Williams. This weekend’s opponent forces me to recall bad memories from last year’s encounter with the Texans before a national audience on Thursday night. Except for one single play and huge gain in the mistake Matt Schaub shredded the ravens defense. What made this particularly stunning was that just about every time the ball left Schaub’s hands it found a receiver. During the second half there were two sustained drives of 99 and 95 yards. At some point during the ravens abysmal play on defense the Texans quarterback completed at least 12 passes in a row. Moreover when the ravens offense got the ball back they only had it for one set of downs subsequently sending the defense back onto the field almost immediately. The ravens defense was on the field so long that a national audience was shown on most the entire defense taking oxygen on the sidelines. Why? The in Mattison schemed pass rush was so awful that they had a three-man rush for the last handful of plays as a result of the rest of the players being so gassed for being on the field so long. This pass rush happened to be orchestrated while the Texans were inside the red zone.
This time it will be different……I hope.
With two of their best players on injured reserve victory by the Texans would be quite impressive. The Texans QB is as good if not better than any quarterback the Ravens have faced thus far this season. If the ravens are able to sustain the kind of pass rush we are beginning to become accustomed to a comfortable lead should be beginning to emerge by the fourth quarter. But of course the Ravens as a team are still searching for their identity.