Baltimore Ravens Grades vs Houston Texans, Week Sixteen

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Dec 21, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans running back Arian Foster (23) rushes during the second quarter as Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs (55) attempts to make a tackle at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Defense: C

It’s hard to knock the defense after they spent almost the entire game on the field.  Thanks to the Ravens’ offense taking a second bye week, the Texans dominated time of possession 34:58 to 25:02.  Time and time again the Texans had great field position or grabbed a turnover in the red zone, only to be forced to settle for a field goal.  And they kicked six of them, scoring their only touchdown on a trick pass by running back Arian Foster.

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Truthfully, the defense largely did their job.  Case Keenum was only 20 for 42 passing for 185 yards and an interception, which gives him a almost Joe Flacco-like 50.2 quarterback rating.  The D limited the Texans’ running backs to 3.2 yards per carry on 38 attempts.  So why a “C” you say?

Zero sacks.  From a front seven that has destroyed quarterbacks the last few weeks.  Sure, the Ravens landed six hits on Keenum, but it wasn’t enough to tilt the outcome in a game where the Ravens sorely needed them to.

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