Baltimore Ravens topple Houston Texans: Handing out 3 game balls
The Baltimore Ravens were far from perfect vs. the Houston Texans, but they ultimately emerged victorious. It’s time to hand out game balls.
After a quiet week one vs. the Cleveland Browns that saw the 10-year vet record just 29-yards on 10 carries, Mark Ingram had himself a great day vs. the Houston Texans. On nine carries, Ingram racked up 55-yards, including a direct snap on a crucial fourth down that went for a 30-yard touchdown. It was perhaps the biggest highlight from the Baltimore Ravens on the day.
It was a pleasure to watch Ingram work, as he was running hard throughout the game and breaking the back of the Texans defense. Even in a now reduced role due to the Ravens depth at running back, Ingram still stood out. Ingram didn’t even have the most carries on the day; that distinction belongs to Gus Edwards (10 carries). J.K. Dobbins also had the longest run of any of the backs, taking one of his carries for 44-yards. Still, Ingram had the most important and memorable run of the day.
Ingram gets a very deserved game ball for putting the game away in a clutch way for Baltimore. When it mattered most, Ingram answered the call.
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Marlon Humphrey is quickly becoming this generation’s Charles Tillman: the master of the ball punch. Humphrey forced two fumbles a year ago and recovered three (scoring on two). While he did record three interceptions in 2019 as well, he was most notable for his aggressiveness to punch at the ball when he saw the opportunity.
Humphrey showed off those ball skills once again vs. the Texans on a pass across the middle to Keke Coutee. Humphrey punched the ball out right as Coutee was turning to run up the field. It was absolutely perfect timing. That fumble wound up getting recovered by L.J. Fort, who returned it for six points.
Humphrey has two turnovers in as many games so far in 2020. He’s shown remarkable growth since entering the league in 2017 and is undoubtedly one of the league’s best defenders. Humphrey gets our second game ball but if he keeps doing what he’s doing he’ll get a lot more than just game balls.
It feels like we almost underrate how good Justin Tucker is to the Baltimore Ravens, but he showed off Sunday just how vital he is to the team’s success.
On the day, Tucker nailed three field goals with a long of 47-yards as well as knocking through all four of his PAT attempts. For you math whizzes out there, that’s 13 of Baltimore’s 33 points. Tucker was once again the ole’ reliable kicker that the Ravens have grown to love. This game never felt out of hand for the Houston Texans, but Tucker did an awesome job to make fans feel comfortable with whatever the final score may have been.
Ravens Flock should never take Tucker for granted because when the team needs points, he always pulls through. Tucker gets our final game ball for his efforts.