What can the Ravens expect from the Texans?
EARLY BIRD: Waking up with the Ravens on Friday, with Sunday’s game against the Texans looming.
Two-minute topic: Can the Ravens’ defense start forcing turnovers?
Through two games, the Ravens have not forced a takeaway.
The Broncos had two fumbles in the opener, but those miscues were self-inflicted. One was a muffed punt by Wes Welker. The other was a gift by Danny Trevathan, who dropped the ball just short of the goal line because he prematurely celebrated after he intercepted Joe Flacco. Against the Browns, the Ravens had six sacks, but once again they failed to force a turnover.
That’s an early-season trend the Ravens want to change. They believe they have enough defensive playmakers like Terrell Suggs, Elvis Dumervil and Lardarius Webb to force turnovers, particularly when their pass rush puts pressure on quarterbacks.
Texans quarterback Matt Schaub has thrown three interceptions over two games. The Ravens hope Schaub throws a few more Sunday, while the Texans are hoping for a turnover free game.
“I think the key for us now is that we’ve got to improve as a turnover team,” said Texans coach Gary Kubiak. “We’re at the bottom of the barrel in the league, and if we stay there, it’s not going to be good. That’s a point of emphasis this week.”
Causing turnovers will be a point of emphasis for the Ravens.
Morning thought: “He’s a skilled back with some power and speed. He’s been a guy that runs extremely hard, and when you look at our situation now, he’s going to have to carry a little bit more of a load. We fully expect him to step up and do the job.” Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell, talking about Bernard Pierce.
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