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Tipped passes were just one more nightmare for Ravens in Houston

Street Talk Tipped passes were just one more nightmare for Ravens in Houston

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Fittingly, this was the Ravens’ final game until after Halloween, because the Houston Texans were a nightmare for Joe Flacco and the offense.

The Texans scored as many points as Flacco had pass attempts (43) and the Houston defense had their hands all over the Ravens quarterback – and his throws – throughout the afternoon.

Wearing their “Battle Red” jerseys, the Texans defense had a great day, totaling two interceptions (one for a touchdown), four sacks, and eight quarterback hits. Most impressive though, were their 11 passes defensed.

J.J. Watt continues to prove his dominance as the NFL’s best defensive player. The second-year defensive end tipped two passes, one resulting in an interception for Jonathan Joseph, which he returned for a touchdown.

Deflecting passes for interceptions is nothing new for Watt. So far this season he’s tipped four passes which led to interceptions. According to Pro Football Focus, since 2008, no player has deflected more than ten passes in a season. Watt now has that many through his first seven games this year.

The only area where Watt didn’t excel was in sacks, where he currently leads the league with 9 ½. Somehow, during one of the worst offensive line performances in team history, Watt was shut out.

Of the 11 total passes defensed, eight were knocked down at or near the line of scrimmage. Five of the tipped passes came from players outside of the Texans secondary with the other three coming from corners or safeties batting them down while blitzing or on short passes at or near the line of scrimmage.

It’s not like Flacco is Drew Brees out there. At 6’6”, Joe shouldn’t be getting nearly this many throws batted down.

It was just one more area where there was plenty of blame to go around for the Ravens yesterday, from the coordinator, to the quarterback, to the offensive line.

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Kris Jones

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Kris - or "Goob" as he's widely known - has turned an obsession into a career. As a media member by day and super fan by night, he reports from the Under Armour Performance Center twice per week and brings Ravens news from a fan's perspective. His popular YouTube series Goobvision propelled his career and notoriety amongst Ravens fans, even helping him win the 2010 nationwide DIRECTV Ultimate Displaced Fan contest. He's been featured on shows such as The Jim Rome Show, ProFootballTalk Live, The Sirius XM Blitz with Rich Gannon and Adam Schein, Sirius XM's MadDog Radio, The Michael Irvin Show, Tony Bruno Show, Two Live Stews and FoxSports.com to name a few (or is that a lot?). He's caught a touchdown pass from Warren Moon during a flag football game and hates the Pittsburgh Steelers more than anyone else on the face of the earth. Twitter: RavenManiac  More from Kris Jones
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