Baltimore Ravens hold off the Houston Texans and win 23-16; Ravens Defense forces 3 Turnovers
Baltimore Ravens hold off the Houston Texans and win 23-16 as the Ravens defense forces 3 turnovers on Monday Night Football.
Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens offense looked anemic once again. However, not turning the ball over and getting 4th downs with trick plays were the difference in this game compared to Tom Savage and the Texans offense. Flacco threw for 141 yards and was 20/32 in this game without throwing a touchdown. Sam Koch completed a throw to Chris Moore on a 4th down 22 fake punt that jump-started this team early in the game. No Ravens receiver had more than 50 yards. While Flacco attempted some deep throws to Mike Wallace, the two did not hook up. Wallace had catches for 48 yards. Breshad Perriman was active during this game after the team benched him last week. Even though he played, Perriman had no catches. Michael Campanaro was a healthy scratch instead of trying to get him involved.
The Baltimore Ravens ran the ball consistently in the game against a good Texans run defense The offense used all the running backs in the run game.
Alex Collins scored his 2nd rushing touchdown. The Texans relatively contained him other than a few runs. He had 60 rushing yards on 16 carries. Javorius Allen also had 5 carries for 15 yards with a touchdown. Marty Mornhinweg also used Danny Woodhead on 4 carries for 22 yards. Joe Flacco surprisingly had 6 rushes for 42 yards and his late 1st down run sealed the game. Terrance West could be the odd man out as he was a healthy scratch in this game. West has yet to play coming off his calf injury. The Offensive line as a whole had trouble with Jadaveon Clowney all around the field, especially in the 1st half but the Ravens made some adjustments by double and triple teaming him. Ronnie Stanley came back from a concussion. But even so, Stanley suffered a knee injury and came back later in this game.
Terrell Suggs sacks Tom Savage twice and forces a fumble. Also, Tony Jefferson and Anthony Levine both get their 1st interceptions this season.
Although DeAndre Hopkins had his way with the Ravens cornerbacks, the Ravens defense got the turnovers needed to win the game.
Hopkins tested the Baltimore Ravens secondary. Both Jimmy Smith and Brandon Carr struggled to cover him. Hopkins caught 7 passes for 125 yards. The Ravens run defense did clamp down after Lamar Miller scored the 1st rushing touchdown. He had 17 carries for 51 yards as he was out for a few plays due to a leg injury. C.J. Mosely did miss a few tackles. Nonetheless, he led the team with 12 combined tackles. Mosely spent part of the game in concussion protocol, for a stinger, but doctors cleared him later in the game. An injury limited Rookie Marlon Humphery in this game. He tweaked something in his leg and was out for most of the game. And both safeties Tony Jefferson and Anthony Levine finally got their 1st interception of the season. With their defensive performance, the Ravens are in a prime wildcard spot in the AFC.