Ravens Legends Headline Week 3 Game Against Houston
By Josh Aronson
Emotions will be riding high on Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium as former Raven and future Hall of Famer LB Ray Lewis is inducted into the Ravens Ring of Honor. This will be Lewis’ first trip back to the stadium since hoisting the Lombardi Trophy during Baltimore’s Super Bowl Parade.
Lewis isn’t the only one making his return to Baltimore Sunday.
Texans S Ed Reed, who played 11 seasons for the Ravens, will be playing his first game in red and blue. Reed is calling this game “just another away game,” but we all know the game is going to be very emotional for him. Reed has missed the fist two games for the Texans this year because of offseason hip surgery. He is questionable against the Ravens, but all signs are pointing to him suiting up and starting.
This game will be very emotional for Ravens fans, but it is also a marquee matchup between AFC powerhouses. Last season the Texans destroyed the Ravens 43-13 in Houston and got revenge from the 2011 playoffs. The Ravens are hoping for a much different outcome this time around.
J.J. Watt was a beast in their meeting a season ago and the Ravens offensive line will need to step up in a big way and give QB Joe Flacco time to throw. RB Ray Rice is listed as doubtful, but will be a game time decision. If Rice is unable to go, Bernard Pierce will be the primary back, and would be making his first career start.
The X-Factor for the game is WR Marlon Brown. Brown has impressed so far through two games, catching a touchdown in both, but he will need to show that he is capable of getting separation and picking up yards after the catch.
I expect this to be a tightly contested game throughout, with the Ravens winning on a late Justin Tucker field goal, 27-24.