HEADING TO HOUSTON?
The Houston Area Ravens Fans (or “HARF”) are gathering in the purple lot (of course) of Reliant Stadium for their inaugural Ravens v. Texans Tailgate! Look for the flagpole with Ravens and Maryland states flags. They will be setting up at 8:00 am sharp.
THE LAST TIME…
The last time the Ravens met up with the Texans in Houston they left with a 34-28 victory on Monday Night Football. David Reed returned a 3rd quarter kick 103 yards to put the Ravens up 28-7 only to watch the lead completely evaporate as the Texans forced the game into overtime. During the extra frame Ravens CB Josh Wilson intercepted Texans’ QB Matt Schaub and returned it for the walk-off winning score.
ON THE MIC FOR RAVENS @ TEXANS
National Radio: Dial Global Sports
- Tom McCarthy (play-by-play)
- Tony Boselli (analyst)
TV: CBS / WJZ (Ch. 13)
- Greg Gumbel (play-by-play)
- Dan Dierdorf (analyst)
THEY SAID IT
“We’ve spent time with Joe [Flacco], and I perceive a change in him. He’s won since Day One with the Ravens, but he’s more confident now. They’re confident in him, too, and the improved offense reflects all of that. He can make every throw. He canbring his team from behind. The question becomes, ‘Can they win a Super Bowl with Joe?’ And the answer is an emphatic, ‘Yes!’” ~ NFL Network’s Mike Mayock
What is your favorite part about football? “I get to hit people. All of my frustration I go through during the week – what I don’t like at work, who I don’t like, the things that make me mad, stress in family life – I just take all that aggression and apply it on the field. But, I do it in a smart way – not just running out there being crazy. I play smart and channel it right. The stage we’re on as athletes is a great privilege. We are more than just football players, and we have to be good examples.” ~ Bernard Pollard
DID YOU KNOW?
- The Ravens have produced an NFL-high 34 plays of 20-or-more yards this season, including an NFL-best 30 passes of 20-or-more yards.
- The Ravens’ all-time record vs. Houston is 6-0 (5-0 in regular season play and 1-0 in the playoffs). Head coach John Harbaugh is 4-0 against the Texans, including 2-0 in Houston.
- With a win on Sunday the Ravens would advance to 6-1 a franchise first. Baltimore has now opened the season at 5-1 twice in its history (2012 and the 2000 Super Bowl season).
- Since 2000: When the Ravens score 30+ they are 44-3. When allowing a 100 yard rusher they are 12-16.
DO YOU KNOW THE ENEMY?
Overview: At 5-1, the Texans currently own the AFC South lead and are tied atop the conference with Baltimore. After beginning the season 5-0, Houston dropped a home contest against Green Bay last Sunday, 42-24, on Sunday Night Football.
Offense: Houston’s unit ranks 14th (363.3 ypg), while the Texans’ 28.8 points per contest are second in the AFC and fifth in the NFL. Pro Bowl RB Arian Foster is second in the NFL with 561 rushing yards and a league-high 7 ground scores. TE Owen Daniels has a team-best 26 receptions for 357 yards and 3 TDs, while QB Matt Schaub has completed 117 of 185 passes (63.2%) for 1,394 yards, 8 TDs and 4 INTs.
Defense: The Texans’ unit ranks sixth (300.8 ypg), including the league’s seventh-ranked pass defense (213.2 ypg) and run stop (87.7 ypg). Houston also stands first in the AFC, allowing 19.2 points per game. Second-year DE J.J. Watt owns a league-high 9.5 sacks, while CB Kareem Jackson boasts a team-best and career-high 3 INTs.
A LAUGH AT THE OPPONENT’S EXPENSE
Q: Why do Texans players keep their Wonderlic results on their dashboards?
A: So they can park in the handicap spaces.
TRIVIA QUESTION OF THE WEEK
Who was their #1 pick in the 2002 expansion draft?
O’S & X’S IN TEXAS
Anquan Boldin averages 97.0 receiving yards per game against Houston. On 10/16/11 (Week 6) in the Ravens’ win, Boldin caught 8 passes for 132 yards, earning 7 first downs. In last season’s Divisional playoff win (1/15), Boldin had 4 catches for 73 yards and 1 TD.
BALTIMORE ~ HOUSTON CONNECTIVITY
Ravens WR Jacoby Jones joined the team this offseason after spending the first five years of his career in Houston, where he was selected in the third round of the 2007 Draft. With the Texans, Jones totaled 127 receptions for 1,741 yards and 11 TDs, also adding 243 returns (punt and kick) for 3,310 yards and 4 TDs (3 PR and 1 KOR).
Ravens S Bernard Pollard played two seasons (2009-10) with the Texans before joining the Ravens as a free agent in 2011. Pollard recorded 214 tackles (165 solo) and 4 INTs during his Texans tenure.
Ravens FB Vonta Leach spent four seasons (2007-10) as a member of the Texans, totaling 65 receptions for 457 yards and 3 TDs. In addition, Leach led the way for Texans RB Arian Foster, who led the NFL in rushing yards (1,616) during the 2010 season.
Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips coached together in the same roles with the Chargers from 2004-06. After the ‘06 season, both earned head coaching jobs – Cameron with Miami and Phillips with Dallas.
HOME SWEET HOME
* Ravens CB Chykie Brown (Houston), senior advisor to player development O.J. Brigance (Houston), OLB Sergio Kindle (Dallas), G/T Kelechi Osemele (Houston), K Justin Tucker (Austin) and G Bobbie Williams (Jefferson) are Texas natives.
* Texans RB Ben Tate grew up in Salisbury, MD, and prepped at Snow Hill HS. He set several state records: most yards rushing in a season (2,886 as a junior) and in a career (5,920) and total offensive yards in a career (6,123).
* Texans OLB Delano Johnson attended Dunbar (Baltimore) HS. He earned All-Metro first-team honors in basketball (2006) and second-team accolades in football (2005), helping lead the Poets to two Maryland Division 1A state championships (2004 and 2006).
TRIVIA ANSWER: Tony Boselli