(On Houston): The Texans are trying to get over the hump. They are a team that is trying to say, ‘We deserve to be on the big stage and are contenders.’ They haven’t been to the playoffs in their 10 years and are trying to get to the top of the mountain for the first time. Here they are with all these expectations going into the sixth week of the season without their best defensive player, Mario Williams, lost for the season, and their best offensive player, Andre Johnson, on the sideline with a hamstring injury not sure when he is coming back. And of all the places they have to go play, Baltimore is one of the most physical teams in football. When a team has never really punched through to the other side, until they do it, there’s always going to be a question mark. That’s going to follow Gary Kubiak’s team around until they do it. That’s the harsh reality.
(On Baltimore): Baltimore is big, strong, physical and coming off their bye week. So they are rested and at home. They humbled the Steelers and the Jets – two teams that pride themselves on also being physical. And for all the talk about Joe Flacco and his completion percentage being under 50%, they are still scoring 30 points-a-game. Now some of those are defensive touchdowns, but this is a team that is putting points on the board and getting it done.
(On Houston-Baltimore): Given the holes in the Texans’ passing game without Andre Johnson, a lot of the burden falls on their ability to run the football, and nobody runs very effectively against the Ravens. The real pressure in this game will be on the Houston defense. The key for them is to somehow keep this a low-scoring game. Houston is still looking for that really quality road win and this is another opportunity for them to get it. But Baltimore is a heckuva place to have to do it. This game is quite an uphill struggle and a sizable undertaking for the team from Houston.