HOUSTON – Derrick Mason played football in an angry mood Monday night.
This time, though, his temper wasn’t directed at an underachieving offense.
This time, the Baltimore Ravens veteran wide receiver was furious with himself after dropping a potential touchdown pass during the first half of a 34-28 overtime victory over the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium.
One week after Mason’s oft-repeated vent about the offense following a 13-10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, the two-time Pro Bowl selection redeemed himself for the drop by catching six passes for 78 yards and two touchdown passes
“I’m disappointed, especially after I was critical of myself as well as the offense last week,” Mason said early Monday morning. “I have to be held accountable and I’m the first one to admit that. I was more pissed off at myself than anyone else was and that was throughout the whole game. Even after the second touchdown, I was still pissed off.
“That was one that I let get away and I owe that to the whole team as well as the organization to catch that. Stuff like that cannot happen and I’m not used to it. I just have to be able to concentrate more and come up with the pass. That’s all on me and I take full responsibility of it especially after I was so critical last week of the offense and myself.”
Mason, 36, made up for the uncharacteristic drop with his touchdowns staking the Ravens to a 21-7 lead
He caught a nine-yard touchdown pass on a skinny post in the back of the end zone, getting both feet in bounds.
Then, he dashed up the right sideline for a 26-yard touchdown pass past a stumbling Jason Allen.
Mason has caught five touchdown passes in the past six games.
This marked his first two-touchdown performance of the season.
Mason compared the offense to the Bad News Bears and said the offense wasn’t good, at times.
He didn’t try to hide his frustration, and he hasn’t backed off his strong words.
“You’re never satisfied,” Mason said. “You always want to get better. We’re in a pursuit of perfection right now and we know it’s hard to attain. Along the way, you catch excellence..
“That’s the way it is. We’re going to keep on fighting and keep on leaning on one another. We’re going to continue to fight for these last three games and see where we end up in January and hopefully we’ll end up in the post season.”
The offense failed to score in the second half and generated only 71 yards of total offense after building a 21-7 halftime lead.
The Ravens had a tough time moving on from the costly loss to the Steelers.
“We’ve put that behind us, we really did,” Mason said. “We’re not thinking about what happened last week and we knew we had to win a football game. If we dwelled on last week, I can guarantee you that we probably would not have come out of this game victorious. We’re very good at putting things behind us wither we win or lose and moving forward to the last game.”