Ross Jacobs has been an FFM correspondent on NFL games and NFL Draft matters for the past few years. He is going to be writing up some of his notes on various games he’s watching/studying this year. Typically, he will have written/submitted his work before mine, so this is a look at the same game with different eyes...and you can compare and contrast or find some new takeaways.
2020 Week 2 Analysis: Ravens @ Texans (By Ross Jacobs)
-I don't have much to say about this game, and I'm probably not going to have much to say on Ravens games this year. Through two weeks they look like the best team in the league again. It's hard to make notes when they just blow teams out of the water. That's what they did here, and I don't think the Texans are that bad a team. In fact I think they are probably above average, around a 9-7 team, and the Ravens just dismantled them. The Chiefs got a lead on Houston and just sat on it, but the Ravens looked like they were toying with the Texans.
-We all know how good Baltimore's offense is, but RC hit the nail on the head last week when he said they need to be starting JK Dobbins. He is a Ferrari to Mark Ingram's RAV4. Ingram isn't sexy, but he is safe and gets the job done. Dobbins is a weapon. He didn't take his first carry until late in the game for some reason, and he looked like he was shot out of a cannon. When he's on the field it simply creates too many mismatches and choices for the defense to make. John Harbaugh is not stupid. He's going to figure this out eventually, and when he does this offense might be literally unstoppable.
-The one tiny knock I'll say about Baltimore's offense is that their offensive line isn't quite as good as last year which shouldn't be a surprise given the retirement of future Hall of Famer Marshal Yanda. They are still plenty good, but it is a possible flaw that could be exploited by the right team. To beat this team you're going to need to somehow grab a lead and try to force the Ravens to pass. If you can do that and rush Lamar you might have a chance.
-That's a scary thought for the rest of the league because Baltimore's defense is no joke either. They were swarming this game and constantly pressuring Deshaun Watson. It seemed like every play he had to step up in the pocket, roll out to one side, or just dump it quickly to a tight end. There was no time for anything to develop down the field. Calais Campbell was a fantastic addition to an already strong group.
-Houston got walloped and are now 0-2, but they are far from one of the worst teams in the league in my opinion. They are definitely better than a couple 2-0 teams from what I've seen. They just had the misfortune of playing the Chiefs and Ravens the first two weeks. They'll bounce back I think, and might possibly compete for the AFC South although the division looks brutal this year.
-JJ Watt registered a couple of sacks here, but I wasn't overly impressed by them. He's still a good player obviously, the best on the Texans defense, but his best days are behind him. He's merely very good now instead of great.
-Justin Reid was also very noticeable on the Houston defense. He was flying all over making saving tackles and big hits. Very impressed with what I saw out of him.
-Don't think I have to tell anyone how good Lamar is. He had a bit of a lower output day here, but you know he's going to compete for #1 overall scorer. Did you know he's completing nearly 80% of his passes so far this year? Yeah, shocked me too.
-Ingram's days are numbered. Dobbins is the future although I'm not sure how high he can go with Lamar siphoning off TD's. There's plenty of scoring opportunities in this offense though so the true key to his potential ceiling is probably catching more passes than the Baltimore RB's are currently seeing.
-Mark Andrews had a bad day, but that's going to happen to any TE not named Travis Kelce. Andrews is still going to be up there with the TD leaders in the end.
-Now is a fantastic time to buy low on David Johnson. You could even wait 1 more week until after the Steelers game, but I have a feeling the Texans might rise up and get them. Johnson doesn't need the Texans to win, but he does need them to not get down so fast. He'll get his touches don't worry.