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PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2005 10:42 am    Post subject: 12/4: Houston Texans @ Baltimore Ravens Reply with quote

well i'm bored so i'll create a gameday thread



Houston Texans (1-10)
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Baltimore Ravens (3-8 )

Texans
Total Offense: 31st (237.6 yards per game)
Total Scoring Offense: 29th (15.3 points per game)
Total Passing Offense: 30th (129.9 yards per game)
Total Rushing Offense: 18th (107.7 yards per game)

Total Defense: 30th (382.9 yards per game)
Total Scoring Defense: 31st (29.5 points allowed per game)
Total Passing Defense: 24th (224.4 yards per game)
Total Rushing Defense: 32nd (158.5 yards per game)

Texans: 1-10, 4th in AFC South Division
Streak: Lost 4

Ravens
Total Offense: 26th (278.5 yards per game)
Total Scoring Offense:: 31st (13.2 points per game)
Total Passing Offense: 24th (182.0 yards per game)
Total Rushing Offense: 22nd (96.5 yards per game)

Total Defense: 7th (287.0 yards per game)
Total Scoring Defense: 20th (20.5 points allowed per game)
Total Passing Defense: 9th (184.5 yards per game)
Total Rushing Defense: 10th (102.5 yards per game)

Ravens: 3-8, 4th in AFC South
Streak: Lost 1

Takeaways
Texans: 9
Ravens: 14

Giveaways
Texans: 17
Ravens: 25

TO Margin
Texans: -8
Ravens: -11

Which pathetic O-Line will show up on Sunday: The Texans and Ravens O-Lines are probably the two worst O-lines in the NFL right now, with only the Texans looking worse than the Ravens blockers. Neither Jeff Tedford product QB in this game, David Carr and Kyle Boller, will have much time to throw the ball. but with the Ravens boasting a upper echelon DE in Terrell Suggs, going against a ravaged, and utterly awful O-Line, look for the Ravens to rack up plenty of sacks.

Which team will get up for this game? Neither team has anything to look forward to this year, and both teams are coming off of horrible losses. The Texans blew a 24-3 lead in the second half to lose 33-27 in OT to St. Louis and miss out on a chance to win their 2nd game of the year. Meanwhile, the Ravens fell behind 34-0 and were never really in the game in a 42-29 loss to the Bengals. Which team wants it more?

Can Boller deliver against a soft Texans D? The Texans are 31st in the league giving up 29.5 points a game and 24th in the league in pass D. The Texans D allowed rookie 7th round pick, Harvard QB Ryan Fitzpatrick to throw for 300+ yards on them last week. Can Boller, who looked pretty good at the end of the Bengals game (garbage time: 14/17, 3 TD's), take advantage of a good matchup?

Which team can cut down on turnovers? These are two of the worst teams at creating takeaways, and avoiding their own turnovers. Whichever team turns it over less will likely come away with a W.

Key Matchups

Terrell Suggs vs. Chester Pitts: Pitts is the only lineman on the Texans who you could even say is playing remotely well at this point, he actually shut out Dwight Freeney a couple of weeks ago, he hasn't been playing too badly. The Ravens absolutely need to get some sacks on the worst O-Line in football. If Suggs can't break free, then its unlikely anybodye else will for the Ravens

Domanick Davis vs. Ravens LB's: Davis rushed for 78 yards and caught a TD last week. against a depleted Ravens LB core missing Ray Lewis, can he find some room to run?

Andre Johnson vs. Chris McAlister: Johnson broke free for 12 catches, 159 yards, and a TD last week against the Rams, his first 100 yard game of the season. McAlister held Chad Johnson under 100 yards last week. If Johnson can't find any open room, David Carr will have an even more difficult time trying to generate some points.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2005 11:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I guess I wont be doing my usual write up this week, since a good bit of the info would be redundant. Anyway, yea offensive line play will be key in this game and turnovers will also have a major roll in the outcome. Boller better have a good game against such a soft defense. I dont think that our linebackers will have much of a problem containing Davis (knock on wood). Ray being out is a huge blow, but Bart Scott and Tommy Polley are both very fast, atheltic backers, which is what you need to run down the speedy Davis. If McAlister plays, we will need a big game from him against Andre Johnson, however the last I heard, its about 50/50 on him playing or not. His progress with his hamstring over the course of the week will decide whether he plays or not. I would assume if McAlister cant go, we may put Rolle on Andre Johnson and leave Sanders and Carter to cover the number 2 and 3 receivers, because Andre Johnson vs Deion Sanders or Dale Carter has mismatch written all over it. Hopefully McAlister will be able to play though. It will also be interesting to see if some of our young linemen will finally get to see some action. With only 5 games remaing, there isnt much time left to see what we have in these guys. Rimpf and Pashos have filled in for Vincent and Brown the last 2 weeks, but we still need to see Adam Terry ad Jason Brown. Ive been pretty impressed with Rimpf at right guard, however Pashos plays almost the same as Orlando Brown, solid run blocker, too slow for a pass blocker. Still, we really need to start seeing what we have in Terry and Brown considering both could be pencilled in as starters next season.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2005 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JLew: 4 rushes for 10 yards and he just fumbled the ball away-Houstons in the red zone now.


quite embarressing, but i think we bounce back and pull it out. if we dont-well, lets just not go there.
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well once again, Chester is outrushing JLew, Taylor is banged up but has 4 rushes for 21 yards compared to 4 runs for 10 yards from Lewis. Ravens lead 7-3 on a 22 yard TD run for Boller. good stuff. good stuff.
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i had my paper bag all ready to put over my head in preparation of a ravens loss to the texans, but stover kicks a game winning FG after we finally put up a big drive in crunch time. Boller went 4/7 for 77 yards to get Stover in position to kick the FG. but the fact is, we needed a game winning drive to beat the Texans. and thats never good. some thoughts

- mark clayton finally had the breakout game we've all been waiting for with 7 catches for 86 yards. he caught 2 passes for 46 yards on the game winning drive, including a 35 yard catch that set up the FG.

- adalius thomas: i love you

- neither running back was particularly impressive, Taylor ran 11 times for 40 yards and Lewis went for 17 yards on 8 carries, and both of them lost a fumble.

-the run D was ghastly, letting the TEXANS get their running back 155 yards. yeah Domanick Davis is really good, but when the O-Line is bad as their's is, he should not get 150+yards.

-its never good when we need a desperation drive to beat the worst team in teh NFL

-but it is pretty good that for once that desperation drive actually worked.

-Terrell Suggs=3 sacks. ravens win. looks like he got the best of Pitts, and looks like that was key.

-improvement is needed

but its always nice to get a W. we've finally caught Cleveland in the standings and we may finally move out of the AFC North cellar in the next couple of weeks.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2005 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Suggs and Thomas definitly stood out in this game. After the first texans series i was convinced that suggs was gonna rack up 6 sacks on the day, but 3 sacks, and a FF is pretty damn good. AD was nice today with the sack and the int for TD. I gotta say, when it came down to it i liked what i saw out of boller. The line needs to be fixed. When noone is doing nething behind the line the problem isnt the rbs. Terry looked shaky at first but he played better as the game went on. Mason had 2 balls that he has no excuse for dropping. Also, Clayton could have had an even better day. There were two balls where he had to make a play, but boller put it there for him. They hit him in the hands and he shulda come down with at least one of em. While our scoring was bad today, i think if we had had slightly better field position throughout the day that culda been different.

Also, about the need for a game winning drive, theres a good chance that the texans wulda had a desperation drive if it hadnt been for Sams's bonehead faircatch call, so you cant see that as terrible.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2005 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Terrell Suggs, Adalius Thomas and Bart Scott all had very good games. The running game was pathetic,especially considering it was against Houston. Kyle Boller was efficeint, made some big plays when we needed it most, plus as sp pointed out, there were a few easy drops on the part of the recievers. Still I would have liked to see our offense put some more points are the board. The run defense was terrible, particularly up the middle. Easily our worst defensive performance of the season in terms of our run defense. Seconary was solid, but could have been better. Special teams coverage was pretty bad and BJ Sams- what in the world are you thinking calling a fair catch on the 10 yardline on a kickoff? d'oh!
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Way too many drops from Clayton and Mason today (Wonder if BB will bench them like he did to Moore since they made his boy look bad). Boller had three throws of thirty plus yards that should have been caught but were not. How do you guys think Terry did?
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RavensWin520 wrote:
Way too many drops from Clayton and Mason today (Wonder if BB will bench them like he did to Moore since they made his boy look bad). Boller had three throws of thirty plus yards that should have been caught but were not. How do you guys think Terry did?


Hes no JO, but he looked ok except for a few times
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Ravens Report Card vs Houston Texans

Quarterback
Kyle Boller went 17/33 for 198 yards. He made some critical plays through out the game, particularly that 67 yard game winning drive with about a minute left in the game. Boller also had several passes that were dropped by recievers. Perhaps more importantly, Boller didnt commit a single turnover in the entire game. While he didnt throw any touchdowns, he did have a critical touchdown run. Granted all of this was against the Houtson Texans, it was still a solid performance from Boller and he drove us down the field right when we needed it the most.
Grade: C

Runningback
The Ravens running game continues to struggle, and struggle against one of the worst defenses in football. Chester Taylor carried 11 times for 40 yards, with a few solid runs scattered around. Jamal Lewis had a lethargic 8 carries for 17 yards, a whopping 2.1 yard per carry average. We all know the Ravens offensive line has been pretty bad this season, but when your running game averages 3.1 yards per carry, the offensive line cant be blamed for everything. Jamal Lewis' future in Baltimore continues to fade away.
Grade: F

Offensive line
For the 3rd straight game, Orlando Brown and Keydrick Vincent were out with Brian Rimpf and Tony Pashos starting in the place. Neither were particularly impressive. Rimpf missed a few assingments are running plays and was called for a few too many penalties and Pashos allowed 3 sacks. Jonathan Ogdne also went down with an injury early in the game allowing rookie Adam Terry to see his first substantial action of the season. Terry seemed hesitant at first, as any rookie would, but actually played pretty well in relief of Ogden. Mike Flynn continued his struggles at center. Overall, the Ravens lack of a running game and 4 sacks can largely be artibuted to bad play from the offensive line.
Grade: D

Recievers/Tightends
Rookie Mark Clayton had his break out game today leading the Ravens with 7 catches for 86 yars. Derrick Mason finished the game with 3 catches for 31 yards. Both Mason and Clayton had a couple drops though. Todd Heap also had only 3 receptions, but 2 were for first downs including a great catch during the Ravens game winning drive. The Ravens receivers were solid today, but far from anything special.
Grade: C

Defensive line
The Ravens had a good pass rush today despite being without AnthonyWeaver, mainly because of Terrell Suggs' 3 sacks. Jarrett Johnson was solid in relief of Weaver. However the Ravens run defensive was absolutely terrible. No disrespect to Domanick Davis, but to allow him to gain over 150 yards is unaccepatable. The Ravens really need to tighten up their interior run defense. This was probably the Ravens worst performance against the run this season and its even more embarassing considering it was against the Houston Texans offensive line.
Grade: D

Linebackers
Despite being without Ray Lewis yet again, the Ravens linebackers played a solid game. The backers could have played the run a little better, particularly the ones up the middle, but they played the outside run well, put good pressure on Carr and played the pass well. The Ravens starting backers combined for 25 tackles, 2 sacks and an interception. Adalius Thomas probably had the best game of the 3, highlighted by his crtical interception returned for a touchdown that proved to be a difference in the game. An a overall good performance, but it would have been better.
Grade: B-

Defensive backs
While Ed Reed made his return to the line up after missing 7 games, Chris McAlister and Will Demps were both out. Deion Sanders started in place of McAlister and Chad Williams replaced Demps. The secondary gave up a lot of small underneath plays, but kept the big plays to a minimum. Samari Rolle did a decent job in covering the much larger Andre Johnson and Deion Sanders was solid playing against Jabar Gaffney. Reed didnt make any big plays, but David Carr certainly knew he was there. The played a solid bend, but dont break game, especially without McAlister and Demps, but in keeping with the theme, it could have been better.
Grade: B-

Special Teams:
Zastudil didnt have a particularly great game, although he was punting from deep in Ravens territory most of the time. The Ravens punt coverage was pretty poor allowing several big returns that really helped out the Texans offense. BJ Sams had a punt return for a touchdown however it was called back on penalties. Late in the game, Sams made one of the more bone headed plays you will see, calling a fair catch on a kickoff at the Ravens own 10 yard line. Had it not been for Matt Stover saving the Ravens yet again, this would be a terrible special teams performance.
Grade: C-

Gameballs
Offense: Kyle Boller
Call me crazy, but even though Boller didnt throw any touchdowns, he didnt have any interceptions or fumbles either. He went 17/33 for 198 yards, but had atleast 3 or 4 passes that should have been caught. He also did a great job on the Ravens game winning drive keeping his composure and making critical throws, even if it was against the Texans.

Defense: Terrell Suggs
Terrell Suggs finished the game with 6 tackles, 3 sacks and a forced fumble. Suggs was in the Texans backfield pressuring Carr just about everytime he dropped back to pass. Easily Suggs' best game of the season.

Special teams: Matt Stover
For the 2nd time in 3 weeks, Matt Stover has bailed out the Ravens with a last second field goal. No one else came close to having a good game on special teams.
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raven5255 wrote:
Ravens Report Card vs Houston Texans

Quarterback
Kyle Boller went 17/33 for 198 yards. He made some critical plays through out the game, particularly that 67 yard game winning drive with about a minute left in the game. Boller also had several passes that were dropped by recievers. Perhaps more importantly, Boller didnt commit a single turnover in the entire game. While he didnt throw any touchdowns, he did have a critical touchdown run. Granted all of this was against the Houtson Texans, it was still a solid performance from Boller and he drove us down the field right when we needed it the most.
Grade: C

Runningback
The Ravens running game continues to struggle, and struggle against one of the worst defenses in football. Chester Taylor carried 11 times for 40 yards, with a few solid runs scattered around. Jamal Lewis had a lethargic 8 carries for 17 yards, a whopping 2.1 yard per carry average. We all know the Ravens offensive line has been pretty bad this season, but when your running game averages 3.1 yards per carry, the offensive line cant be blamed for everything. Jamal Lewis' future in Baltimore continues to fade away.
Grade: F

Offensive line
For the 3rd straight game, Orlando Brown and Keydrick Vincent were out with Brian Rimpf and Tony Pashos starting in the place. Neither were particularly impressive. Rimpf missed a few assingments are running plays and was called for a few too many penalties and Pashos allowed 3 sacks. Jonathan Ogdne also went down with an injury early in the game allowing rookie Adam Terry to see his first substantial action of the season. Terry seemed hesitant at first, as any rookie would, but actually played pretty well in relief of Ogden. Mike Flynn continued his struggles at center. Overall, the Ravens lack of a running game and 4 sacks can largely be artibuted to bad play from the offensive line.
Grade: D

Recievers/Tightends
Rookie Mark Clayton had his break out game today leading the Ravens with 7 catches for 86 yars. Derrick Mason finished the game with 3 catches for 31 yards. Both Mason and Clayton had a couple drops though. Todd Heap also had only 3 receptions, but 2 were for first downs including a great catch during the Ravens game winning drive. The Ravens receivers were solid today, but far from anything special.
Grade: C

Defensive line
The Ravens had a good pass rush today despite being without AnthonyWeaver, mainly because of Terrell Suggs' 3 sacks. Jarrett Johnson was solid in relief of Weaver. However the Ravens run defensive was absolutely terrible. No disrespect to Domanick Davis, but to allow him to gain over 150 yards is unaccepatable. The Ravens really need to tighten up their interior run defense. This was probably the Ravens worst performance against the run this season and its even more embarassing considering it was against the Houston Texans offensive line.
Grade: D

Linebackers
Despite being without Ray Lewis yet again, the Ravens linebackers played a solid game. The backers could have played the run a little better, particularly the ones up the middle, but they played the outside run well, put good pressure on Carr and played the pass well. The Ravens starting backers combined for 25 tackles, 2 sacks and an interception. Adalius Thomas probably had the best game of the 3, highlighted by his crtical interception returned for a touchdown that proved to be a difference in the game. An a overall good performance, but it would have been better.
Grade: B-

Defensive backs
While Ed Reed made his return to the line up after missing 7 games, Chris McAlister and Will Demps were both out. Deion Sanders started in place of McAlister and Chad Williams replaced Demps. The secondary gave up a lot of small underneath plays, but kept the big plays to a minimum. Samari Rolle did a decent job in covering the much larger Andre Johnson and Deion Sanders was solid playing against Jabar Gaffney. Reed didnt make any big plays, but David Carr certainly knew he was there. The played a solid bend, but dont break game, especially without McAlister and Demps, but in keeping with the theme, it could have been better.
Grade: B-

Special Teams:
Zastudil didnt have a particularly great game, although he was punting from deep in Ravens territory most of the time. The Ravens punt coverage was pretty poor allowing several big returns that really helped out the Texans offense. BJ Sams had a punt return for a touchdown however it was called back on penalties. Late in the game, Sams made one of the more bone headed plays you will see, calling a fair catch on a kickoff at the Ravens own 10 yard line. Had it not been for Matt Stover saving the Ravens yet again, this would be a terrible special teams performance.
Grade: C-

Gameballs
Offense: Kyle Boller
Call me crazy, but even though Boller didnt throw any touchdowns, he didnt have any interceptions or fumbles either. He went 17/33 for 198 yards, but had atleast 3 or 4 passes that should have been caught. He also did a great job on the Ravens game winning drive keeping his composure and making critical throws, even if it was against the Texans.

Defense: Terrell Suggs
Terrell Suggs finished the game with 6 tackles, 3 sacks and a forced fumble. Suggs was in the Texans backfield pressuring Carr just about everytime he dropped back to pass. Easily Suggs' best game of the season.

Special teams: Matt Stover
For the 2nd time in 3 weeks, Matt Stover has bailed out the Ravens with a last second field goal. No one else came close to having a good game on special teams.
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