The battle of the potential MVPs ended with a W for Lamar Jackson, as the Baltimore Ravens defeated the Houston Texans in Week 11 of the 2019 NFL season.
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Another video-game style run will make all the highlight reels, but beyond that, this was another competent display from Lamar Jackson as a passer. His accuracy didn't wow, and he was short on big-time throws, but he limited mistakes and made every play he could to give his team the best possible chance.
Matched up mostly with Whitney Mercilus, Ronnie Stanley will walk out feeling he got the better of the matchup. There was one bad loss on a spin move, but besides that, rarely did we hear Mercilus' (or any pass-rusher he went up against) name called. That's indicative of the season Stanley is having — it's an All-Pro season in the making.
After a swarming team effort that forced a great many Houston errors, if any player stood out on defense, it was the active Matthew Judon. He set the tone with his early forced fumble while being a consistent force around the line of scrimmage.
Domata Peko joined the Ravens this week and showed the team exactly what they would be getting. The big defensive tackle made life tricky for the Texans' interior with a solid debut against the run.
There is no denying who the star of the Texans' offense was, and it's telling that even DeAndre Hopkins had a game that was subpar by his standards. He was able to get open frequently, but two uncharacteristic drops (one called back on a penalty) reinforced the notion that today was never going to be the Texans' day.
It would be easy to blame the entire offensive line for the beating that Deshaun Watson took. They had their share of problems, sure, but those problems were amplified by Watson holding onto the ball and drifting up and out of the pocket. Often these kinds of plays lead to some of his biggest plays, but it wasn't to be against a Ravens team who rattled him early.
Zach Cunningham missed three tackles, one of which saw Mark Ingram II duck right under him before making his way to the endzone. The former first-round pick is well on his way to setting career worsts in the tackling department, and games like today will not help.
With J.J. Watt out of the year, the team is in desperate need of someone to step up as a pass-rusher. The early season form of Charles Omenihu suggested he could be that guy, but his production has tailed off as the season went on. Today was no different, as a strong Ravens offensive line kept him (and everyone else) in check.