Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh Impressed With Texans Offense

The offense is thriving under third-year QB Deshaun Watson

Brandon Scott
November 13, 2019 - 11:38 am

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610) -- Ravens head coach John Harbaugh is impressed with what the Texans are doing offensively.

Harbaugh said Wednesday DeAndre Hopkins might be the best wide receiver in the NFL. 

That's been a conversation piece for a few years -- where Hopkins ranks among the league's top pass catchers. He famously performed in the first four seasons of his career with a heavy rotation of starting quarterbacks, none of which proved to be the long term answer.

Hopkins' numbers are not mind-blowing this season, but no one seems confused about how much of a game-changer he is.

The Texans offense is thriving under third-year quarterback Deshaun Watson, whose chemistry with Hopkins is at the forefront of what Harbaugh admires most about the passing game.

Houston also has other viable options to target when Hopkins is taking up double teams. Tight end Darren Fells leads the team with six receiving touchdowns. When healthy, receivers Kenny Stills and Will Fuller V have made the most of the matchups presented by how teams defend Hopkins.

"Really the whole passing game is put together really well. Everybody's on the same page," Harbaugh said. "But No. 10 (Hopkins) is one of the best if not the best in the league. He's right there. He's really tough to cover. He bodies people up. He's got great body control, he's got great hands. He's very strong, excellent after the catch. I don't see one hole in his game."

Harbaugh was also complimentary of the Texans' offensive line. While the Ravens boast the league's top rushing attack (197.2 yards per game), the Texans rank fourth in the league (142.8 yards per game). 

Houston is eighth in total passing yards and fourth in passing yards per game. The line is also giving up fewer sacks than in the beginning of the season. 

"I think they're playing really well. Obviously, doing great, running the ball at a very high level. They're also protecting their quarterback. They've got a first round pick at right tackle (Tytus Howard), another top pick at left tackle (Laremy Tunsil). They did a great job getting him in there. I think their guards, you got a rookie guard in (Max) Scharping who we like, big physical guy. One of the top centers in the league (Nick Martin) and one of the most physical right guards in football (Zach Fulton). 

"So I just think they've just done a great job putting that line together and they're very well-coached and they're playing at a high level."

The Texans and Ravens play Sunday in Baltimore at noon. 

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