Is the Ravens' secondary ready for Texans' attack?

Is the Ravens' secondary ready for Texans' attack?
September 21, 2013, 7:00 am
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EARLY BIRD: Waking up with the Ravens, as rookie safety Matt Elam celebrates his 22nd birthday today.

Two-minute topic: Is the Ravens’ secondary ready for another elite passing attack Sunday when they host the Texans?

The Ravens’ secondary couldn’t handle Peyton Manning. Seven touchdowns and 49 points later, the Ravens were embarrassed in Week 1. Personnel changes were made after that game. Elam replaced Michael Huff as a starting safety next to James Ihedigbo. Jimmy Smith replaced Corey Graham at one corner opposite Lardarius Webb.

The early results have been good. The Ravens secondary played well in Week 2, keeping the Browns out of the end zone during a 14-6 victory. But let’s not get carried away. A lot of defenses have looked good against the Browns.

On Sunday, the Ravens will face a Texans team that is averaging 30 ½ points per game. This will be a tough test for the Ravens, and the secondary will have its hands full. Webb will spend much of the day matched against Andre Johnson, one of the NFL’s best receivers. Smith will spend time shadowing Texans’ rookie DeAndre Hopkins, whose career is off to a fast start. In two games, Hopkins has 12 catches for 183 yards and a touchdown, averaging 15.3 yards per catch.

A strong performance from the Ravens’ secondary Sunday will truly indicate the unit is headed in the right direction. You can bet that former Ravens safety Ed Reed, now with the Texans, will be critiquing how the Ravens’ secondary performs without him.

Morning thought: “We’ve been confident all along that it’s going to be not just a decent unit, it’s going to be a whole lot better than that.”

Ravens coach John Harbaugh on the Ravens defense this year.

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