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By Dale Robertson and Houston Chronicle | September 21, 2013
Through two games, it has been a beast-or-famine season for the Texans' defense. Mostly, the Texans have been impenetrable. The Chargers didn't make a first down on any of their final five possessions (only to go off for 539 yards against the Eagles this past Sunday). The Titans went three-and-out four consecutive times in the third quarter against the Texans, then suffered the indignity of a two-and-out to start the fourth quarter when Joe Mays dumped Chris Johnson for a safety.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2014
When the Ravens' offensive line and fullback Kyle Juszczyk stepped in unison to their right Thursday night, the Pittsburgh Steelers defense was convinced that a trademark outside-zone run was headed in that direction. It was a faulty assumption, as quarterback Joe Flacco sold the Steelers on his play-action fake before lobbing the football to tight end Owen Daniels wide open in the left corner of the end zone for the Ravens' first touchdown of a 26-6 victory. How Daniels slipped out for the 2-yard score during the first quarter at M&T Bank Stadium was an example of the kind of offensive balance the Ravens are hoping to build.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | June 24, 2013
In eager anticipation of the 2013 NFL season, Baltimore Sun blogger and reporter Matt Vensel will take a daily look at one of the 13 opponents on the Ravens' regular-season schedule. Today is the Houston Texans . The Week 3 matchup between the Ravens and Houston Texans will be one of the most-anticipated games on the team's 2013 schedule, and it's not just because it is an early AFC showdown or because the Ravens will be looking to make a statement after the Texans embarrassed them last season.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2014
Just a few weeks ago, Ravens veteran tight end Owen Daniels ' status was very much in doubt. When a chronic hamstring problem sidelined the two-time Pro Bowl selection for the majority of the preseason, Daniels insisted that he knew how his body was responding and was adamant that he would be just fine. Daniels is looking mighty accurate in his self-assessment. He caught a pair of touchdown passes Thursday night in a 26-6 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in a key AFC North game at M&T Bank Stadium.
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The Baltimore Sun | September 19, 2013
A roundup of NFL experts' picks for Sunday's game between the Ravens and Houston Texans: * In his "Other Harbaugh of the Week" game, The Sporting News' Vinnie Iyer predicts the Ravens will lose by a field goal . John Harbaugh's reigning Ravens are having a rougher time staying atop the AFC, as they need to work to rediscover an offensive rhythm (with Anquan Boldin gone, Dennis Pitta injured and Ray Rice hurting) and still waiting for wholesale changes to jell on defense.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | March 20, 2013
For so long, they had been the two faces of one of the league's most dominant defenses, Ray Lewis the punishing tackler and Ed Reed the unrelenting ball hawk. Now, they are both gone and the mass exodus from the Ravens defense continues. About six weeks after Lewis retired following his last game as a Raven, Reed moved closer to signing a two-year deal with the Houston Texans, who aggressively pursued the 34-year-old safety over the last week. Terms of the deal aren't known and there are still a few things that have to be worked out, but it's clear that Reed and the organization that he had played with for the last 11 years have parted ways.
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By Matt Vensel | September 23, 2013
With Ray Rice parked on the sideline in street clothes after suffering a hip injury last weekend, Bernard Pierce made his first NFL start Sunday against the Houston Texans. Predictably, it was his busiest afternoon to date. Pierce was on the field for 50 of the team's 63 offensive snaps, the most he has played in a game in his two seasons in the league. He had 24 carries, one more than the entire Texans backfield, and rushed for 65 yards and one goal-line touchdown. Pierce also caught both passes that Joe Flacco threw his way for seven yards.
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By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | November 20, 2013
On a conference call with Baltimore media Wednesday, former Ravens safety Ed Reed, who signed with the New York Jets last week, spoke candidly about his brief time with the Houston Texans and the circumstances that led the Texans to release him last week. Reed said that he was surprised that the Texans, who have dropped eight straight games since starting the season 2-0, released him after he played just seven games for them. And he made it clear that he thought it was defensive coordinator Wade Phillips who wanted him out of Houston.
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Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2013
Ravens middle linebacker Daryl Smith catches passes from the JUGS machine for about 10 minutes before the start of every practice, so he knows exactly what to do when he breaks on an underneath route and finds a ball coming directly toward his chest. It's what happened following the interception, the 37-yard sprint with nobody in front of him and the end zone, that left the veteran of 10 NFL seasons in a trance that carried him all the way back to the sideline. “I guess it's sort of like a dream,” Smith said.
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By Dale Robertson and Houston Chronicle | September 19, 2013
Owen Daniels had never had more than a single touchdown reception through the first two games of any of his seven previous seasons, and four times in his career he finished an entire year with three or fewer scores. This season, however, Daniels is already at three and counting. He's one of nine NFL tight ends with multiple visits to the end zone. Also on that list is his backup and fellow Wisconsin Badger, Garrett Graham, who has a pair of TD receptions in the Texans' two come-from-behind victories.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2014
Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak said Thursday that he's dealing with Week 1 nerves just like his players are, but if there was ever a team he wouldn't mind breaking in his new offense against, the Cincinnati Bengals might be it. Kubiak was 8-2 in seven seasons as the Houston Texans' head coach against the Ravens' AFC North rivals, including five wins against the Bengals, against whom the Ravens open their season on Sunday. This deserves all the usual qualifiers, including how Kubiak's system stalled out last year in Houston and how much the Bengals defense has improved since he last played them.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2014
If you asked Bernard Pierce, he'd tell you that absolutely nothing has changed. He's prepared himself like he always has. He says that he doesn't feel any extra pressure. He doesn't sense any unique or special opportunity at hand. However, those who have observed the Ravens' running back for the past several months see it differently. From the first day of training camp, his teammates and coaches have noticed his increased focus and intensity. Matt Rhule, one of Pierce's former coaches at Temple, saw how hard the running back attacked the offseason rehab on his surgically-repaired right shoulder.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2014
Each Wednesday, blogger Jon Meoli highlights five stats that really mean something for the Ravens. Seven - Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton was picked off seven times in two games against Baltimore, representing over a third of his regular season total of 21. Dalton has thrown 11 career interceptions against the Ravens, the most of any opponent. His 62.4 passer rating in six career games against the Ravens is third-worst against any team he has faced, and well down from his career mark of 85.7.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2014
The Ravens had just finished Tuesday's practice on one of the hottest days of the summer, but Owen Daniels wasn't quite ready for the workout to be over. As many of his teammates headed inside, the 31-year-old stayed on the field and did some extra running, putting himself through a few more routes. "I feel really good," Daniels said afterward. "I had a little [hamstring] issue, but that's all cleared up. That's ready to go. Everything else feels really good. I'm excited to get going this first week.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2014
The Ravens released center Reggie Stephens and four other players on Friday. Outside linebacker D.J. Roberts, tight end Nathan Overbay and undrafted rookie defensive linemen Levi Brown and Derrick Hopkins were also waived, the team announced. The Ravens also plan to cut undrafted rookie defensive tackle A.J. Patiali'i and hope to sign him to their practice squad, according to a source. Stephens was on the Ravens' practice squad last season. A 2010 Cincinnati Bengals seventh-round draft pick, he previously played with the Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2014
Ravens veteran tight end Owen Daniels remained sidelined with leg soreness Tuesday. Daniels hasn't practiced in the past week, but coach John Harbaugh emphasized Monday that the two-time Pro Bowl selection isn't injured. Daniels was limited to five games and 24 receptions last season with the Houston Texans due to a broken leg. In training camp, Daniels told The Baltimore Sun that he's 100 percent recovered from the leg injury from last season. "I don't want to get into specifics too much, but when you have legs and you have hamstrings and groins and stuff like that, there's wear and tear on those things," Harbaugh said.
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By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | January 7, 2012
The Houston Texans are, in many ways, a different team than the one the Ravens prepared for when they hosted them back in Week 6. But the fact that the Texans will return to M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday, Jan. 15 for an AFC Divisional Round game speaks volumes about their depth — and determination. When the Ravens defeated the Texans, 29-14, back in October, Houston had already lost its top pass rusher (Mario Williams) to a season-ending pectoral injury and its dangerous wide receiver (Andre Johnson)
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2014
Ravens veteran tight end Owen Daniels didn't practice Wednesday and was given the majority of the day off, according to offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak. Kubiak said Daniels is fine. Daniels completed a joint practice Monday with the San Francisco 49ers. He was signed to a one-year, $1 million contract in March after a stint with the Houston Texans. Daniels is a two-time Pro Bowl selection. Tight end Dennis Pitta (sprained ankle) is practicing. Meanwhile, safety Brynden Trawick (back)
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2014
Kyle Juszczyk trudged off the Ravens' practice field as a rookie fullback a year ago, thoroughly frustrated after a training camp blocking drill in which he was stonewalled repeatedly by linebackers and safeties. In the middle of Juszczyk's unconvincing audition as an inexperienced lead blocker, veteran rush linebacker Terrell Suggs shouted that Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome needed to bring back Pro Bowl fullback Vonta Leach. Three days later, Leach was signed to return as the Ravens' starting fullback.
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