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Return of the Ravens | Daily Brew

Houston Texans
17 Sep 2020, 19:02 GMT+10

Marc Vandermeer

We've talked a lot this week about how the Texans beat the Ravens the last time they were here, in 2014, as Case Keenum, just signed off the Rams practice squad, engineered a win over Baltimore in week 16.

The game was highlighted by a tremendous defensive performance against a Ravens team that, at the time, was enjoying its greatest offensive season ever, led by coordinator Gary Kubiak.

Romeo Crennel designed a terrific game plan that stopped Joe Flacco and company and enable the Texans to go for a winning season and possible playoff berth the following week.

Now, the current defensive coordinator, Anthony Weaver, knows he's facing an even better Baltimore offense. And Weaver knows all about the Ravens organizational history, having played for the franchise.

In fact, Weaver was on the Baltimore D-line when the team first came to NRG Stadium in the inaugural season of 2002. He had a sack in that game, one of a record 76 against David Carr. It was a close loss for the Texans, thanks to the Houston defense, which that year shined despite the team's 4-12 record.

Baltimore is known as a great franchise. After all, they've won two Super Bowls including the 2012 season finale coached by John Harbaugh. Even though the Ravens have been to the post season the last two seasons they are still looking for their first playoff win since 2014.

Despite that, they are among the toughest outs in the NFL right now. They earned the top seed in the AFC last season with a 14-2 record and showed no signs of slowing down in a 38-6 walloping of Cleveland on Sunday.

The Texans had the weekend off and an extra day of practice on Monday. There won't be 71,000 screaming fans this weekend but at least the squad is home, on familiar ground, with a chance to make something special happen.

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