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If you saw how the Baltimore Ravens utterly destroyed the Cleveland Browns in Week 1, then you might be tempted to take them against the 0-1 Texans in Week 2, and that would seem like a smart move to make given QB Lamar Jackson’s ongoing expertise.
|Ravens vs Texans Information|
|What||Baltimore Ravens vs Houston Texans|
|Where||NRG Stadium in Houston, TX|
|When||Sunday, September 20, 2020; 4:25 PM ET|
|How to watch||CBS|
Watching the Baltimore Ravens in Week 1 was like watching them in Week 16 last season, they had their game plans together and they executed them perfectly for an overwhelming win against the hapless Cleveland Browns.
The Houston Texans have a tough early schedule this season, having already faced the Chiefs and now the Ravens, and with the injuries, they are dealing with it will be a tough win to snag here in Week 2.
The two AFC teams have played each other 11 total times (including 1 postseason game), with the Texans winning 2 of those games and the Ravens winning 9 games.
You know you played a good game in Week 1 when you get to sit out the fourth quarter just to rest up, and that is exactly what Ravens QB Lamar Jackson got to do in Week 1 after demolishing the hopes and dreams (and defense) of the Cleveland Browns.
Jackson posted an impressive 3 quarters of football, completing 20-of-25 for 275 yards and 3 touchdowns with no interceptions on top of carrying the ball 7 times for 45 yards at 6.43 yards per carry.
The kid can play, obviously, but can he play that well and at the intensity for all sixteen games? If he can’t, he has a lot of help out of the backfield, including former OSU star J.K. Dobbins, but none of it matters if they can’t win in the postseason, which they haven’t done since 2014.
Tough loss for the Texans in Week 1 against the reigning Super Bowl Champions, the Kansas City Chiefs, and now they have to face what many NFL experts are predicting to one of this years postseason finalists, as well, the Baltimore Ravens.
Tough scheduling made tougher by the injuries the Texans sustained already, some to their key playmaker on offense.
Listed as questionable for this Week 2 matchup against the Ravens are Texans wide receiver Brandin Cooks (quadriceps), running back Duke Johnson (ankle) and defensive end J.J. Watt (hip), all necessary if the Texans have any chance for a victory.
As if the Ravens didn’t already had an unstoppable rushing attack with Lamar Jackson, Gus Edwards, and Mark Ingram, they now have rookie running back J.K. Dobbins, the former OSU star who plans to make an immediate impact in the NFL.
In Week 1, Dobbins carried the ball 7 times for 22 yards and scored two touchdowns while doing that, averaging 3.14 yards per carry, decent numbers given the number of playmakers on the team he has to share carries with.
The team doesn’t need him to carry the load, they just need him to do what he did in Week 1, which is put the ball in the endzone whenever asked to do so, something it would appear the rookie is very comfortable doing.
Wide receiver Brandin Cooks was a huge get for the Texans this offseason, the 26-year old deep threat who was a big playmaker for the Los Angeles Rams most recently.
Cooks was traded for a second-round pick and in Week 1 he posted 2 receptions off of 5 targets for 20 yards, averaging 10 yards per catch but just a catch percentage of 40.
Now Cooks is listed as questionable in Week 2 against the Ravens after having tweaked his quadriceps in Week 1, so it will be a game-time decision as to whether he suits up in the team’s home debut, but they sure could use his soft hands and fast feet against these Ravens who love to score.
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