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By Edward Lee | October 14, 2011
The Ravens got a reprieve when the Houston Texans placed Mario Williams on injured reserve after the outside linebacker tore a pectoral muscle in the Sunday's 25-20 loss to the Oakland Raiders. Williams - who got his fifth sack of the season on the play that he sustained his injury - was replaced by Brooks Reed, a rookie who finished with four tackles and two quarterback hits against the Raiders. But Reed is no Williams, which is music to the ears of Ravens left tackle Bryant McKinnie.
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By Matt Vensel | June 25, 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 Buffalo Bills . After starting the regular season with two games against AFC contenders whom they played last season (the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans) and one against an AFC North rival (the Cleveland Browns), the Ravens in Week 4 will face an unfamiliar opponent in the Buffalo Bills, whom they have not played since the 2010 season.
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October 14, 2011
• Peter Schrager of FoxSports.com predicts a five-point win for the Ravens . The media can be a fickle beast. Just seven days after the storyline around Gary Kubiak's team was "These aren't the same old Texans" following a gritty win over the Steelers, the storyline this week seems to be "Umm, so these appear to be the same old Texans" after a horrendous loss at home to the Raiders. Mario Williams is out for the year, Andre Johnson's on the mend, James Casey won't be suiting up, and Ravens are going to be fresh coming off a bye week.
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By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | January 13, 2012
Having lost their starting quarterback and their highest-paid defensive player in the middle of the season, the Houston Texans are arguably the unlikeliest team left in the NFL's final eight. But the Ravens say they aren't surprised by the 11-6 Texans, nor was offensive coordinator Cam Cameron by the touchdown that propelled the AFC South champions into the divisional round. Last Saturday, in the final minute of the first half, rookie defensive end J.J. Watt slipped a block and plucked a line-drive pass from Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton out of the air with his left hand, then returned it 29 yards for a tie-breaking, morale-crushing score.
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By Edward Lee | January 12, 2012
The playoffs tend to bring out the best in players, coaches and teams, which is what Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is expecting from the Houston Texans when they visit M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday. Houston's defense finished the regular season ranked third against the pass, surrendering an average of 189.7 yards. The unit also ranked sixth in the league in sacks with 44 despite the loss of two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Mario Williams. “They're not afraid of bringing some pressure, lining it up and playing cover-1, playing man,” Flacco said Wednesday.
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By Jeff Zrebiec | October 14, 2011
THREE THINGS THAT NEED TO GO RIGHT … 1. RAVENS FOLLOW LEAD OF LEACH . Ravens fullback Vonta Leach is licking his chops to bang heads with his former teammates and open up holes for Ray Rice. 2. LINE TAKES HEAT OFF FLACCO. Even without Mario Williams, the Texans front seven is formidable, as Wade Phillips' unit is tied for fourth in the NFL in sacks. 3. SCHAUB IS SILENCED. When he last faced the Ravens, Texans quarter Matt Schaub threw for 393 yards and directed five straight scoring drives.
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October 13, 2011
Kevin Cowherd Ravens 24, Texans 13 League's hardest-hitting defense too much for Texans, who'll be gobbling pain-killers like they're Tic Tacs on flight home. Edward Lee Ravens 28, Texans 13 The Texans' hope for a season-turning upset evaporated with the injuries to wide receiver Andre Johnson and outside linebacker Mario Williams. Mike Preston Ravens 21, Texans 10 Minus their two best players, Texans can't dig out of this big hole.
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By Ken Murray | October 18, 2011
Joe Flacco's 97-yard touchdown drive on the Ravens' first possession Sunday was impressive on a number of levels. The fourth-year quarterback completed seven of eight passes for 82 yards, throwing to four different receivers in every direction. He finished off the near-nine minute drive with a sneak for the touchdown. But what made that drive so much more impressive was the fact that Flacco was getting drilled by a Houston defense that plays in the same aggressive, physical style as the Ravens.
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April 26, 2006
Ex-'skin Arrington "rejuvenated"; R. Williams suspended for 2006 LaVar Arrington's career with the New York Giants got off to a less than auspicious start this week when his car broke down on the trip from Virginia to East Rutherford, N.J. The three-time Pro Bowl linebacker took it as a sign. "That might be an omen that I need to leave whatever I brought from there and just start completely over." Arrington said yesterday in an obvious reference to his turmoil-filled final two seasons with the Washington Redskins.
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By KEN MURRAY | December 11, 2006
If the Bears ultimately bench QB Rex Grossman this month, it will be the second straight year they demote a winning quarterback in the stretch. Last season, they benched rookie Kyle Orton after he threw 13 interceptions in his first 13 starts. Orton had a 9-4 record when he was replaced by Grossman, who has thrown 17 interceptions going into tonight's game. Texans' two-step It's bad enough the Texans didn't take Vince Young or Reggie Bush with the first pick in last April's draft, but the guy they took -- DE Mario Williams -- isn't even the best rookie on their team.
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By Edward Lee | January 12, 2012
The playoffs tend to bring out the best in players, coaches and teams, which is what Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is expecting from the Houston Texans when they visit M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday. Houston's defense finished the regular season ranked third against the pass, surrendering an average of 189.7 yards. The unit also ranked sixth in the league in sacks with 44 despite the loss of two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Mario Williams. “They're not afraid of bringing some pressure, lining it up and playing cover-1, playing man,” Flacco said Wednesday.
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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 Ken Murray | October 18, 2011
Joe Flacco's 97-yard touchdown drive on the Ravens' first possession Sunday was impressive on a number of levels. The fourth-year quarterback completed seven of eight passes for 82 yards, throwing to four different receivers in every direction. He finished off the near-nine minute drive with a sneak for the touchdown. But what made that drive so much more impressive was the fact that Flacco was getting drilled by a Houston defense that plays in the same aggressive, physical style as the Ravens.
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By Matt Vensel | October 16, 2011
I don't know about you guys, but I'm rested and feeling good after the bye week. Ditto for the Ravens as they head into Sunday's game against the 3-2 Houston Texans, though the Ravens aren't as healthy as they would like. A few key Ravens have been ruled out for the game, but the injury bug bit the Texans harder. Houston will be without Mario Williams, its best defender, and Andre Johnson, one of the best receivers in the NFL. The Ravens' thrilling overtime win over the Texans a year ago was perhaps the team's most exciting game of the season.
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By Jeff Zrebiec | October 14, 2011
RAVENS RUN OFFENSE VS. TEXANS RUN DEFENSE: Fullback Vonta Leach, who spent four seasons with the Texans, has undoubtedly given his Ravens' teammates and coaches plenty of advice on how to run the ball against Houston. The Texans' rush defense is surrendering 105.8 yards a game, which puts it 12th in the NFL. Houston did slow the Oakland Raiders' Darren McFadden last week, holding him to 51 yards on 16 carries. Ravens coach John Harbaugh said that that team talked extensively this week about its identity, and maintaining an aggressive approach.
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October 14, 2011
• Peter Schrager of FoxSports.com predicts a five-point win for the Ravens . The media can be a fickle beast. Just seven days after the storyline around Gary Kubiak's team was "These aren't the same old Texans" following a gritty win over the Steelers, the storyline this week seems to be "Umm, so these appear to be the same old Texans" after a horrendous loss at home to the Raiders. Mario Williams is out for the year, Andre Johnson's on the mend, James Casey won't be suiting up, and Ravens are going to be fresh coming off a bye week.
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By PETER HERMANN | January 3, 2010
A year ago, members of the Episcopal Cathedral of the Incarnation gathered to remember the children lost to murder in Baltimore. On Saturday, they had to gather again. "Let us hear the weeping," the church put on its Facebook page. The end of 2009 brought more killings, 238, than did last year, 234. 2008 was a 20-year low, so you could argue the city maintained a satisfactory status quo. You could also argue the status quo is not good enough. The vigils marking the end of another grim year continue.
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By HEATHER DINICH | August 29, 2006
A look at teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference in Sun writer Heather Dinich's projected order of finish. Atlantic Division 1. Florida State If the Seminoles are going to defend their 12th ACC title in 14 years, the defense will need to be rebuilt quickly after losing seven starters. Quarterback Drew Weatherford returns after becoming the top freshman passer in ACC history with 3,208 yards, but he also threw 18 interceptions. 2. Clemson The Tigers could be the conference sleeper. Five starters return on the offensive line, but incoming quarterback Will Proctor is untested.
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By Jeff Zrebiec | October 14, 2011
THREE THINGS THAT NEED TO GO RIGHT … 1. RAVENS FOLLOW LEAD OF LEACH . Ravens fullback Vonta Leach is licking his chops to bang heads with his former teammates and open up holes for Ray Rice. 2. LINE TAKES HEAT OFF FLACCO. Even without Mario Williams, the Texans front seven is formidable, as Wade Phillips' unit is tied for fourth in the NFL in sacks. 3. SCHAUB IS SILENCED. When he last faced the Ravens, Texans quarter Matt Schaub threw for 393 yards and directed five straight scoring drives.
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By Edward Lee | October 14, 2011
The Ravens got a reprieve when the Houston Texans placed Mario Williams on injured reserve after the outside linebacker tore a pectoral muscle in the Sunday's 25-20 loss to the Oakland Raiders. Williams - who got his fifth sack of the season on the play that he sustained his injury - was replaced by Brooks Reed, a rookie who finished with four tackles and two quarterback hits against the Raiders. But Reed is no Williams, which is music to the ears of Ravens left tackle Bryant McKinnie.
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