Blog Entry

Ugly is OK for Ravens in this one

Posted on: January 15, 2012 4:01 pm
Edited on: January 15, 2012 5:36 pm
  •  
 

BALTIMORE -- They won't apologize -- even if you want them to do so or even if they should. 

The Baltimore Ravens are one step away from the Super Bowl, so there's no need for apologizing for their less-than-spectacular performance Sunday against the Houston Texans.

It wasn't pretty. In fact, it was downright ugly. But they used two turnovers to jump to a 17-3 first-quarter lead and then held on for a 20-13 victory to advance to the AFC Championship Game next Sunday against the Patriots.

Before a final, clock-eating drive, the Ravens had eight first downs, quarterback Joe Flacco was sacked five times and the Ravens seemed to be on the verge of an upset.

As usual, the defense bailed them out. They stopped the Texans early in the fourth quarter, and then the offense actually came to life when it needed to do so driving to a field goal. And then the defense did it again with a pick by Ed Reed to seal it with 1:51 left. If they play the same way against the Patriots, they will get beat. 

Ugly is fine for now. It won't be against New England. 


  •  
Category: NFL
Comments

Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: January 17, 2012 2:46 am
 

Ugly is OK for Ravens in this one

     The Texans had the NFL's #2 defense and they showed Sunday that is no fluke.  The Raven offensive line looked terrible against them but Baltimore was able to take advantage of Texan mistakes to score the win.  It wasn't pretty but I couldn't care less.  The Patriots have the 31st ranked defense in the NFL- Baltimore should be able to run the ball with more efficiency.  The key will be getting some heat on Brady-  Baltimore had no sacks on Sunday and that has to change for the Pats game.  Give Brady time and he can carve a team up.


LETS GO RAVENS!  One more win and it's the Super Bowl! 



Since: Dec 12, 2010
Posted on: January 17, 2012 2:44 am
 

Ugly is OK for Ravens in this one

While there's no doubt that the Pats D does not compare to the Houston D, it won't matter if The Pats march up and down the field using the hurry-up. Harbaugh gives up on Rice when he's down by 14 or more, and it's history from there. Keep the Pats in check early - and this should be an awesome game. Turnovers will tell the tale - as long as Welker and Edelmann can hold on to those punt returns and Brady keeps it out of Reed's hands, I don't see Flacco keeping up.



Since: May 1, 2007
Posted on: January 17, 2012 12:49 am
 

Ugly is OK for Ravens in this one

As a Texan fan, the Ravens did not play bad.  The Texans D is just that good!!  Our offensive line, which some say is the best and most underrated line in football, also played extremely well (0 sacks allowed).  Unfortunately, we had turnovers, which cost us the game.  Not to take away from the Ravens win, but I will love to have a rematch next year with our #1 QB!!

Either way, if the Ravens D plays like they did in the second half, they should be fine.  Rice should have a better game too.  All in all, it will be a tough game for both teams.



Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: January 16, 2012 3:49 pm
 

Ugly is OK for Ravens in this one

agree completely<img src="http://images.cbssports.com/js/tinymce/3.4.2/tinymce/jscripts/tiny_mce/plugins/emotions/img/smiley-wink.gif" alt="Wink" /><br />




Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 16, 2012 5:31 am
 

Ugly is OK for Ravens in this one

Nothing like stating the obvious Mr Prisco.but the fact is win is a win..60 days from noe nobody will remember these Insignifacant games win or  lose as just anoyher  Maybe it's time to put the crystal balls away & try using logic for a change.



Since: Jan 7, 2010
Posted on: January 15, 2012 7:35 pm
 

Ugly is OK for Ravens in this one

Defensive games tend to be ugly Prisco...find something meaningful to write about for once you bum!! The texans have a great defense! The Patriots do not. Flacco will have an easier time against the Pats as will Ray Rice. This is going to be a good game, and I can't wait to watch!! GO RAVENS!!!!



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2012 6:09 pm
 

Ugly is OK for Ravens in this one

Turnovers are part of the game, gift or no gift.  Coulda, shoulda woulda doesnt count in playoff football.  The Texans were a good team, with the 2nd ranked defense, who previously demolished a good Cincy squad.  All you have to do is win.  The Pats will be favored, but have one of the worst defenses in the league.  Sounds like an entirely new dynamic next week.  Go Bmore!



Since: Jul 22, 2011
Posted on: January 15, 2012 5:35 pm
 

Ugly is OK for Ravens in this one

Man I feel sorry for the Ravens. They have a great defense, a great coach, but flacco seems to have regressed. Maybe they can get Tebow to help them out next week because without a real QB, if they play like they did today they are in real trouble.



Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: January 15, 2012 5:32 pm
 

Ugly is OK for Ravens in this one

Wrong again, Petey.  New England's gonna get the shit beat out of 'em, UNLESS...they fire McDaniels, and hire Brian Billick as they're new offensive coordinator.  Go Giants!



Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: January 15, 2012 5:27 pm
 

Ugly is OK for Ravens in this one

Haha..good ole Prisco


The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com