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Baltimore Ravens vs. Houston Texans Halftime Report

By Kyle Fitta     Dec 13, 2010 in Sports
ESPN is hosting Monday Night Football as the Baltimore Ravens and Houston Texans are playing. Did you forget it's on? Don't worry, here is what happened thus far:
Both teams are trying to bounce back from their loses last week, but only one team wants it more-- and that is the Baltimore Ravens. They are winning this game because of one major thing: determination. The Ravens are showing why they aren't over-hyped or overrated by simply playing smash-mouth football with these Houston Texans and beating them to every punch. Joe Flacco, third year player in the NFL, is turning his minor slump around. Thus far his throws are very accurate; he's making good decisions, and he's reading the defense well. In the first half, Flacco is 13/22 with 145 yards, 2 touchdowns, 0 ints, and an impressive 124.9 passing-rating. The only flaw Ravens have on offense is their offensive-line. They are not allowing enough room for their running-backs to run through the holes. Ravens' defense has been playing pretty well, but allowing that last minute touchdown was unacceptable.
On the other side of the ball, the Houston Texans are not playing good. They are making too many mistakes, and you cannot make mistakes when you're facing a team like Ravens if you want to win. Houston Texans did virtually nothing on either side of the ball throughout most of the half. Matt Schaub is only 7/21 with 151 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 INT, and a sub-par 55.9 quarterback passing rating. But at the final ticks of the first half, Schaub was able to find Andre Johnson for a forty six yard TD pass.
The Ravens still have a commanding lead, 21-7, but Texans still have a good chance of coming back if they play smart and don't panic. They have an explosive offense that can easily get them back in this game, but their 31st ranked defense in total yards needs to step up their game, especially their secondary which are allowing Ravens' wide-receivers, tight-ends, and running-backs to get open too easily. The Ravens, on the other hand, need to stay aggressive, play tight, and not allow the Texans to creep their way back into this one. They shouldn't start playing careful on offense; they should do what they are doing and not allow Texans to even allow to smell a comeback. Defense should also play the same, and try to get to the quarterback since it's working thus far.
A full-game recap will be up after the game.
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