March 19, 2018

Ravens Primer: 3 Things to Watch

Talk about an important game on the heels of what people are calling a wake up call after the Sunday night debacle for the Houston Texans. The Achilles heel of the Texans of the past few seasons are coming to town in the Baltimore Ravens. This game is important on so many levels in that the Texans need to show themselves that last week’s loss was a bump in the road and they can take a strangle hold on the AFC especially if they get a win on Sunday.  They would own the tie breaker on the Ravens, sit alone on top of the AFC heading into a much-needed bye week.


SOTT Quick Hitters

Claire talked to Joe CNC about the upcoming Ravens game in our Know Your Opponent segment.

Charles pointed out what Texans players to watch this Sunday. 

We had some random thoughts about Connor Barwin and the Texans situation heading into this game.

There were some transactions with the activation of David Hunter the signings of Logan Brock and defensive end Lamar Divens.

As quick as Hunter was activated to the active roster as quick he found himself out for 3 months.

Informative Tweets






Three Things to Watch Against the Ravens


1. The Texans defense are going to have to keep the Ravens from their big play capabilities, and the Ravens have plenty of weapons to use. If anything the vertical game of the Ravens will test the mortal Texans secondary these past few weeks. Anquan Boldin, Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones are big and fast group of wide receivers that can pose match up problems.With a less than a 100% Johnathan Joseph the Texans cornerbacks will have to step up to the challenge at hand. Also keeping Ray Rice under wraps is going to be a big deal, and that will more than likely fall into the hands of safety Glover Quin. Quin will have to be on his A game Sunday to give the Texans a chance to get the Ravens offense off the field.

2. How Jared Crick is going to help the thin defensive line is going to be huge, and Earl Mitchell will be depended on more than ever. Mitchell will be seeing snaps at the nose tackle and defensive end which he has been doing already this season, but Crick will have to provide some good snaps in run and pass situations. Mitchell has shown so much this season and an improved skill from last season, but how Crick performs could be huge, because J.J. Watt and Antonio Smith can’t take all the defensive snaps.

3. Is the offense going to respond to a depleted Ravens defense and execute the way they have shown at the beginning of the season. The offense starts with Arian Foster and how effective he can run behind the erratic run blocking of the offensive line. The Texans need to take control of this game by running the football and try to take control of the game in the trenches. If this is how Gary Kubiak wants to establish his offense, it will be a good start for the offense to get back on track against the Ravens.



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