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Looks as if all playoff roads lead through Houston

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Looks as if all playoff roads lead through Houston

After the way the Texans dominated the Ravens, 43-13, at Reliant Stadium on Sunday, it sure looks as if all playoff roads in the AFC will lead through Houston.

Yes, there's a lot of football left to be played. The season's not even half over. But the Texans already have a 2 1/2-game lead in their division and a schedule that is favorable. Over their final nine games, they face only three teams (Chicago, New England and Minnesota) that have winning records. The Texans, who now also own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Ravens, definitely control their own destiny in the race for the AFC's No. 1 seed.

And that does not bode well for the Ravens, who almost certainly will have to win a playoff game on the road at some point if they want to reach their ultimate goal, the Super Bowl.

Can the Ravens win a road playoff game? First things first; they'll have to be a lot better on both sides of the ball than they were on Sunday just to reach the playoffs. They play five of their final nine games on the road, and over their past 10 quarters on the road, they have scored exactly one touchdown.

Still,  if there's any consolation, it's that the Ravens, despite some historically bad defense for this franchise of late and an offense that has yet to show itself on the road, still sit atop the AFC North.

"After seven games, you think of everything this team has been through, (to) come out 5-2 going into the bye? We'll take that," linebacker Terrell Suggs said after the game. "We'll take that every day."

Suggs also implied that, as many suggested beforehand, Sunday's game might have been a preview of the AFC Championship Game.

"Please believe," Suggs said, "They'll see us again."

Unfortunately for the Ravens, Sunday's game almost certainly means any playoff rematch would be in Houston, not in Baltimore.

 

 

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Michael Pierce responds to last week's dismissal from practice

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Michael Pierce responds to last week's dismissal from practice

Kick off your Monday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. Last week, defensive tackle Michael Pierce was dismissed from practice after showing up in "less than ideal shape" according to The Athletic's Jeff Zrebiec. Pierce joined WSNP-FM 105.5 Friday where he responded to being dismissed from practice. “Throughout the offseason, I tend to lift more than run,” Pierce said. “Being a nose guard, I want to be strong or what not. I, honestly, just mismanaged my running a little bit.”

2. On the other hand, tight end Mark Andrews looks "bigger, faster and stronger" Zrebiec said. Andrews had a standout year last season as a rookie with three touchdowns and 34 catches for 552 yards. Zrebiec said Andrews has not slowed down and will be an even bigger asset to the Ravens offense this season.


Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Baltimore Ravens and Rotoworld for news points.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson has his best practice yet

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson has his best practice yet

Kick off your Friday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. The Ravens are hopeful Earl Thomas will be a leader for their new defense which Thomas called "very complex." "This defense is very complex compared to what we were doing in Seattle,” Thomas said to Ravens media. “We were just playing Cover-3 all the time. Now, we’re making calls on the fly. That’s the biggest adjustment for me.”

Additionally, Thomas told media members after practice that he's made "fast friends" with quarterback Lamar Jackson. "He's a very funny guy, I don't know if you all know that," Thomas said.

2. Speaking of Lamar Jackson, he reportedly had his best day of practice so far this offseason according to Ravens media. Jackson's throws looked much better and he was quick in the pocket.


Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Baltimore Ravens and Rotoworld for news points.

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