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When the Texans Came to Town

First thing’s first, which is that I stand by what I said about Tim Tebow despite what happened up in Foxborough yesterday. He didn’t exactly play well but the assembled talent around him did no favors. I’m eager to see what he does next year with a full offseason of preparation as the starter. Assuming the Broncos don’t get spooked and look in another direction.

With that out of the way, here we are. Ravens-Texans for the right to face the aforementioned Bronco busters. January football in Baltimore with the home squad heavily favored. It’s the stuff that dreams are made of, no? For many of you out there I’m sure it is. So, regardless of the outcome, congrats on this day. Enjoy it because they don’t come around often.

As for the game itself I think we all know that if the Ravens play the way they’re supposed to play they win by 10-14 points at least. I think we also all know that if they fall asleep at any moment on Arian Foster or Andre Johnson then, well, they’ll get what they deserve. This isn’t a hard game to analyze.

As for the pick, I think the home team pulls it out but not without some tense moments along the way. Let’s say 20-17 Ravens.

Your picks/thoughts are, as always, both welcome and anticipated.

16 comments to When the Texans Came to Town

  • dan the man

    I hate football.

  • PW

    I have no fingernails left.

    In a more positive light, Ray and Ed looked like the were about 5 years younger today. Hope Ed just tweaked something at the end there and came be healthy next week.

  • Big Ben's Motorcycle

    win is a win. new england’s defense is a little feather that tickles your nose compared to houston.

    HARBOWL

  • dan the man

    It didn’t inspire confidence, though, did it. I mean where was the O-line? Where was the pass rush? Zero sacks?

    But the Ravens could look like an entirely different team going up against NE’s defense. It sort of felt like the Ravens were able to stave off the bye week “rust” and pull one out.

    Cam Cameron, though. Sometimes I just don’t know.

    It would be pretty awesome if the Big 3 of QBs got eliminated.

  • Mike R

    A Harbowl would reinforce the fact that defenses win championships. Thats what im rooting for.

    It will either be a Harbowl, a SB XXXV rematch, SB XLII rematch, or 49res/Pats who have no storylines that I can see.

  • PW

    A SB XLII rematch would be the worst. Not only would I have nobody to route for in the game, but we would have to here about David Tyree’s catch for 2 weeks straight. The Harbowl would be a dream for the media, and constant brother vs brother pieces would be nauseating. I’d be much more willing to sit through that though because the game would be awesome.

  • Big Ben's Motorcycle

    Mike R wrote:

    A Harbowl would reinforce the fact that defenses win championships. Thats what im rooting for.

    PW wrote:

    A SB XLII rematch would be the worst. Not only would I have nobody to route for in the game, but we would have to here about David Tyree’s catch for 2 weeks straight. The Harbowl would be a dream for the media, and constant brother vs brother pieces would be nauseating. I’d be much more willing to sit through that though because the game would be awesome.

    agree with these wholeheartedly.

  • dan the man

    I’m feeling it today. I think we’ll see a completely different Flacco in Foxborough. The TEs will be involved and Torrey well get some deep bombs. Also, they aren’t going to stop Ray Rice.

    We’ll see, but it sure seems like everything is falling right for a Harbowl.

  • dan the man

    Thank you, Ed Reed, for returning the media to the Billick Era of “is there a divide between offense and defense?????” I hope the Ravens beat Brady and shut ESPN up. Ugh.

  • PW

    @ dan the man:
    Flacco was laughing about it when they asked him and everything seems to be in order at the Castle, so I don’t think its a big deal. Let ESPN do its thing, they will get bored of it and start talking about Tebow again soon enough.

  • dan the man

    Meet your new Assistant GM (essentially), Brady Anderson! Wild.

  • Big Ben's Motorcycle

    what can be said about espn that they don’t say on a nightly basis. worst.

  • dan the man

    Purple Friday Gut Check. How’s everyone feeling?

    20-17 Ravens and Harbowl.

  • PW

    @ dan the man:
    I’m oddly confident going into this week (but still a little apprehensive). I feel like last game against Houston was a perfect trap game (just like it was for the Packers). Nobody was really giving Houston their dues and seemed to take a Raven W for granted. We survived that game and I can assure you, nobody is taking the Pats lightly. We are underdogs, and that fits this team perfectly.

    If the Pats get up early I think we are done, but if it stays close or the Ravens jump ahead early then I think we win.

    27-24 Ravens and a Harbowl

  • dan the man

    @ PW:
    Agree about surviving the trap game. I feel like that’s the game New Orleans and Green Bay didn’t survive. Ravens managed to gut that one out.. maybe they are due for nice well-rounded game in NE.

  • Dan H

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/kerry_byrne/01/19/ravens.patriots.preview/index.html?eref=sihp&sct=hp_t12_a3

    [QUOTE]Baltimore sports radio personality Drew Forrester of WNST inadvertently caused a firestorm up in Boston this week when he declared of the Ravens, “All we’ve done is win.”[/QUOTE]

    I’m assuming this is the Drew that posts here somewhat frequently.