The Baltimore Ravens were in action on Monday night, as they defeated the Houston Texans, 23-16. The win pushed the Ravens to 6-5, meaning the Lions can no longer state that their schedule has no winning teams remaining on it.
The Lions had the benefit of watching and scouting the Ravens after a few days of rest, and what they saw may been encouraging or discouraging, depending on your point of view.
On one hand, the Ravens’ impressive defense was on display. They held the Texans well below 3.0 yards per carry, forced three turnovers and sacked Tom Savage twice. On the other hand, their offense was, once again, completely inept. Joe Flacco had just 141 passing yards on 32 attempts and finished with a passer rating of 72.5. Baltimore essentially needed the help of three turnovers and one fake punt to get to just 23 total points.
So today’s Question of the Day is:
How do you feel about the Lions’ chances against the Ravens after “Monday Night Football?”
My answer: A little better. I know the Lions have struggled against really bad offenses as of late, and the fact that the Ravens rushed for 139 yards (4.5 YPC) is concerning for a team that hasn’t been able to stop the run consistently, but Flacco has been really bad this year. He has only thrown for over 200 yards in four of 11 games, and he has 11 interceptions to nine touchdowns.
There is even some room for optimism when the Ravens defense is on the field after watching Monday’s performance. Tom Savage completed 59.5 percent of his passes for 6.8 yards per attempt and 252 total yards. While those numbers aren’t explosive by any means, they’re well above Savage’s season averages. You could argue that Savage actually outplayed Flacco.
The Texans lost the turnover battle 3-0 and still had an opportunity to tie the game on their final drive. Houston, a 4-7 team in the extremely inferior AFC, actually gained more yards per play than the Ravens (4.7 vs 4.5) and came close to pulling off the upset.
That’s enough to give me a little more hope the Lions can kick off the final five games of their season with a win.