Better pass rush
It was no match on this side of the ball in the Ravens vs Texans game this week. The Ravens players were in the Texans backfield a lot. Deshaun Watson was spectacular at breaking tackles in the backfield. But the Ravens were in his face and forced stops on several key downs. After the Ravens lost the battle in the trenches against the Browns, they rebounded and won both battles against the Texans.
The Ravens offensive line didn’t look good against the Texans. It wasn’t all that bad though. Lamar Jackson got sacked four times, but two of those were by J.J. Watt. Watt is one of the best defensive linemen in the league when he stays healthy. He is very versatile and lined up everywhere on the line. The Texans took advantage of rookie Tyre Phillips, as he had a rough day. But on the bright side, the Ravens offensive line has yet to be penalized in 2020.
The Return of the Rushing Attack
After the Ravens put up only 107 rushing yards against the Browns, they turned it up against the Texans. The Ravens racked up 230 yards on 27 carries. The Ravens spread the ball out, as every ball carrier put up over 45 yards on the ground. Like week one, Justice Hill was inactive.
Great Offensive Playcalling
Greg Roman opened up the playbook on Sunday. He called several screens, all of which were successful. He also dialed up the wildcat formation on fourth and one. Mark Ingram took the direct snap, and he didn’t stop running until he hit paydirt in the endzone. The Ravens got the bulk of their rushing yards in the second half. Roman made good halftime adjustments and using the read to wind down the clock.
Tavon Young suffered his third season-ending injury in the first quarter against the Texans. Young was playing spectacular coverage, but he landed wrong after the play, tearing his ACL. The Ravens made Young the highest-paid slot cornerback in the league after the 2018 season, but since then Young has played just over one game. Young plays with a lot of heart, and the Ravens are hoping he can make a full recovery.
Since coming into the league Marlon Humphrey has been shutting down the top wide receivers in the league, week in and week out. The Texans were no exception. Will Fuller dominated against the Chiefs totaling eight receptions for over 100 yards. He didn’t record a reception against the Ravens, in large part to Marlon Humphrey.
Where was Mark Andrews?
The Ravens keep on finding new ways to win. Mark Andrews was held to one reception and 29 yards. Andrews has been the goto target for Lamar Jackson, but his lack of productivity wasn’t an issue in the final score. Nine different receivers caught passes from Lamar Jackson. The Ravens exhibited their incredible versatility, as they forced the Texans to choose how to lose.
The Ravens tight ends totaled two receptions. Jackson had been feeding the tight ends for the last year and a half, but he easily adjusted, spreading the ball out to his wide receivers and running backs.