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Texans vs. Ravens: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

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Some people will say this was bound to happen, and the Texans could not keep playing with fire without getting burned. Not only did the Ravens burn the Texans, they also made s’mores after the game over the fire. Ed Reed’s return to Baltimore was way over hyped and the Texans were beat in offense, defense, and special teams. In a 30 to 9 drumming, what is the silver lining to take away from the game before the Seahawks invade Reliant Stadium?

The Good

(Kicker) Randy Bullock

The once “so called” broken kicker is now seemingly fixed, after missing 4 of 5 field goals to start his career he came back with and went 3-3 against the Ravens. You can bet your life savings Kubiak does not have 100 percent faith back in him yet, but another game going 3-3 and all could be well again, although it would be nice to see him kick a 55 yard game winner!

(Punter) Shane Lechler

I have done this series since the preseason and Lechler is the only guy to make frequent appearances, so is it safe to call this guy a hall-of-famer yet? Yes!!! Against the Ravens he had 5 punts, 3 inside the 20 and of the 3, 2 were downed inside the 5. The Texans did have 1 punt returned for a touchdown but that’s not Lechler’s fault, he did miss a tackle that could have saved the TD but he isn’t supposed to be making tackles anyways.

Texans D

Texans lost 30-9 take away the punt return for a TD and the interception returned for a TD the Texans lost by a score of 16-9. If you would have said the Texans allowed 16 points I would have told you the Texans won the game. The D was good with 2 sacks on the day, a forced fumble, and the Ravens would have started the game with 3, 3 and outs if not for a 15 yard unsportsmanlike penalty by Kareem Jackson on the 3rd drive.

The Bad

(Quarterback) Matt Schaub

Here is a number you won’t like 5.5 yards per pass attempt, that’s not so good. In comparison his counterpart Joe Flacco tossed for 7.1 yards per pass attempt and Flacco had to throw against a MUCH better secondary. It’s alarming that Schaub couldn’t pick apart the Ravens secondary, Schaub should have owned Jimmy Smith and that match-up seemed to work when he used it. Not to mention the only TD Schaub tossed was to the other team.

Offensive Gameplan

Aren’t the Texans a run 1st team? They always say they are, the Texans gained 4.1 yards per rush and seemed to have decent success when using it, Foster and Tate ran for a combined 90 yards. In the 2nd half the Texan ran 7 times, 2 of which were garbage rushes to Cierre Wood. They didn’t lose because they were unbalanced offensively, they lost because they failed to duplicate the very 1st drive.

The Ugly

Flags

This one is easy…. Penalties!!!!!! The game was kind-of sloppy on both sides but the Texans had a franchise high 14 penalties for 113 yards. Nuff said, FIX IT!!!

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