'They're Scoring Touchdowns On Defense' | Texans Discuss Offensive Challenges Against Ravens

Baltimore leads the NFL with five takeaways turned into touchdowns

Brandon Scott
November 14, 2019 - 1:04 pm

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610) -- No team in the NFL has scored more defensive touchdowns than the Baltimore Ravens.

They lead the league with five takeaways turned into touchdowns, which is something the Texans offense will be mindful of when they face each other Sunday in Baltimore.

The Ravens are historically known for their tough defenses. It was the identity of their first Super Bowl team in 2000 and the Ravens were stout defensively when they won again in 2012. 

This season, Baltimore is on pace to to score more defensive touchdowns than it ever has in franchise history (7 in 2004). The Ravens also boast the most defensive touchdowns in the league since 2017 with 13.

"Their defense has done a great job of making the most of the opportunities relative to – they don't miss opportunities," Texans head coach Bill O'Brien said. "So, if they intercept the ball, not only do they intercept it, they take it back for a touchdown or they scoop a fumble against Seattle, take it back for a touchdown. They're scoring touchdowns on defense, and I think that any time you have a defense that's doing that's doing that, you have a defense that's playing with a lot of confidence and you have to do a great job of taking care of the football. No doubt about it."

The Ravens defense has only allowed eight touchdowns in their last five games, all of which have been wins. Their 61 quarterback hits rank fifth most in the NFL

Baltimore's defensive red zone touchdown percentage, which measures how often teams score touchdowns in the red zone against them, is the league's third-best over these last five weeks (35.3 percent).

The Ravens' defensive passer rating this season is 81.2, which is fifth-best in the NFL.

Quarterback Deshaun Watson and wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins credited the Ravens' experience.

Ravens safety Earl Thomas shares an agent with Watson, who said Thomas is like family. The veteran safety and future Hall of Famer messaged Watson on FaceTime Monday while the quarterback was in meetings preparing to play against him.

“Just guys with a lot of experience, guys that have played a lot of big-time football with a lot of confidence," Watson said when asked about players like Thomas and recently required cornerback Marcus Peters, who's already returned two interceptions for touchdowns in his short time there. "We've just got to make sure that we're ready to play each and every play and go out there and try to make plays.”

Hopkins said he can tell the younger players on the defense are taking notes from the veterans. He called Thomas one of the smartest players he's ever faced and said the battles with Marcus Peters have been competitive.  

"It's a smart defense, man," Hopkins said. "They get the ball, they get turnovers. They've got skill, they've got speed. They're a little bit of everything. So we've just got to come out and play our game but it's definitely going to be a challenge. ...

"It's been competitive playing against Marcus Peters, I think since his first year in the NFL. I've played against Earl and he's one of the smartest guys I've ever played against.

"You kind of almost have to play a perfect game against a guy like Earl, to be honest."

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