Baltimore Ravens beat Texans: The good bad and the ugly
Tavon Young getting hurt, maybe for a long-term recovery, was the worst thng you could have seen in this game. The Ravens are paying Young to be one of the best nickel cornerbacks in the league and he has worse injury luck than Jimmy Smith has. If Young is out for the season (which is yet to be seen) that’s two years in a row the Ravens have to do most of their work without him. Spending th game worrying about Young was not a good experience for the Ravens.
The Ravens offensive line was absolutely awful in this game. Jackson got hit way too much in this game and the failures of the offensive line didn’t allow anything to be easy in this game. The Texans were able to get a ton of pass rush which knocked the Ravens off of their typical rhythm. The Ravens didn’t have a ton of big plays in this game on the offense and that has a lot to do with the lack of pass protection. That’s something that could be a problem against the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football.
Watson played a fantastic game. He was a sharp shooting quarterback in this game and he made some plays down the field. The Ravens gave up a surprising amount of success to Brandin Cooks. The former Los Angeles Rams quarterback had almost 100 yards receiving. The Ravens may have a problem covering tight ends. Jordan Aikens had seven receptions for 55 yards. They may want to brush up on their skills at stopping tight ends before doing battle with Travis Kelce.
Overall this was a good effort for the Ravens. The Ravens played a Texans team that is probably a little bit better than we may have thought after the NFL kickoff game. The Ravens are now undefeated early in the season as they get ready for a challenge with the defending Super Bowl Champion Chiefs. That’s the biggest game of the early season, this was just the set up. Baltimore is a good football team, though they showed more flaws than they did in the season opener against the Cleveland Browns.