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Texans owe Ravens 'whipping'

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Texans owe Ravens 'whipping'

The Texans could look at the Ravens’ predicament — heading into Sunday’s game minus two important players — and just shrug and say, “See, now it’s your turn.”

When the teams last faced each other, in the 2011 season playoffs, the Texans had to play without quarterback Matt Schaub and linebacker Mario Williams. The Ravens eliminated Houston in that game, 20-13.

But now the Ravens limp into Houston without Ray Lewis and Lardarius Webb, but they still limp in with a 5-1 record after Sunday’s win over the mistake-prone Cowboys. If the Texans are limping, it’s from wounded pride for the way Aaron Rodgers and the Packers sliced them up, 42-24, on Sunday night.

But Houston is still 5-1, and the two teams are each two games better than any other club in the AFC. The Texans have never beaten the Ravens in six all-time games, but the Houston Chronicle’s John McClain said this is the year.

“Of the toughest opponents on the Texans’ schedule, the one I’ve been the most confident they would defeat is Baltimore,” McClain wrote. “I’ve felt that way since training camp began. Why? Because it’s time. … ”

“The last time the Ravens came to Reliant Stadium, they won in overtime in 2010. The Texans owe the Ravens a whipping, and there’s not a better time to do it than Sunday.”

Is that a convincing argument?

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Free agent Gerald McCoy to visit Baltimore

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Free agent Gerald McCoy to visit Baltimore

Kick off your holiday weekend with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. One of the most obvious needs for the Ravens is help rushing the passer, and they're hoping to find some of that help on the interior in the form of free agent Gerald McCoy. The longtime Buccaneer DL visited Cleveland last week, but left town without agreeing to a contract.

Reportedly interested in playing for a contender, the former top-five pick is scheduled to visit the Ravens on Tuesday.

2. Quarterback Lamar Jackson is still struggling to throw the ball, as he noted things aren't right yet when it comes to accuracy. Media members noticed the ball wobbling through the air on many throws, and Jackson told them he thinks his hand is too high on the ball. If he's going to successfully run Greg Roman's new offensive scheme, Jackson will eventually need to be able to hit his receivers in stride with greater regularity.

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: Rotoworld and Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson is his own biggest critic

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson is his own biggest critic

Kick off your Friday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including how quarterback Lamar Jackson has fared during OTAs.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. Following a January surgery on his left ankle, safety Tony Jefferson remains sidelined after the first week of OTAs. Originally, Jefferson was expected to return 4-6 weeks after surgery. However, now that it's 5 months later, his return timetable is becoming more and more concerning. 

2. Quarterback Lamar Jackson spoke with Ravens media Thursday about his progress not only learning the new offense implemented by Offensive Coordinator, Greg Roman, but learning the names of his new teammates as well. After another day of OTAs, Jackson was his biggest critic despite a solid day of running plays namely passing drills. “I’d say my first day, I sucked,” Jackson said to Ravens media. “Second day, I did better. Today was alright, but it could have been better. I always try to be perfect in practice. It was alright for the first week.”

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: Rotoworld and Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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