One of the few positives from Sunday's loss was the play of the special teams, specifically kicker Justin Tucker. In fact, he's been really something in his first seven games as a rookie.
Tucker nailed a pair of long kicks in the 43-13 loss to Houston on Sunday. He hit field goals from 51 and 54 yards -- both of which went through with room to spare. Tucker's long-distance kicking skills will give the Ravens the kind of weapon they're really never had before.
Even when Matt Stover, who was impressive with his consistency, performed at his best, his only weakness turned out to be his lack of success at longer kicks. But in recent years, things have changed in the NFL as more younger kickers have been able to not only make kicks of longer than 50 yards but do it with ease.
That's why Tucker could be a big help for the Ravens. He's blasting the kickoffs and his long-distance kicking for field goals certainly will give coach John Harbaugh confidence to take shots they wouldn't have with Stover or Billy Cundiff.
That makes the offense more dangerous, something that will help considering how well they've played at times this season. If they know that Tucker can hit from 52 yards, that means the Ravens only have to get the ball to the opposing 35-yard line, about 10 yards less work than with other kickers.
It also could help later in the season and in playoff games, something the Ravens haven't been able to do much in the past. Post-season games often come down to one play, which can usually involve a field goal.
The other thing Tucker's shown is the ability to stay calm. That's not often the case with rookie kickers, but Tucker's shown no problem walking on to the field and kicking the ball 50-55 yards.
It will be interesting to see how well Tucker fares in the second half of the season. He's been one of the true bright spots on the team so far.