Terrell Suggs, Ravens defense stymie Texans in 23-16 win
Terrell Suggs, Ravens defense stymie Texans in 23-16 win:- Take the ball away from the other guys, hold onto it yourself and make sure nothing happens to Justin Tucker.
That, apparently, is the formula the Baltimore Ravens intend to use to reach the playoffs.
Terrell Suggs led an aggressive defense that kept Houston out of the end zone for the final 51 minutes, and the Ravens forced two turnovers in the final five minutes to secure a 23-16 victory on Monday night.
“If the game’s on the line, you’ve got to be comfortable when your defense is out there,” Suggs said. “It feels good.”
After Suggs stripped the ball from quarterback Tom Savage and Baltimore recovered, Tucker kicked his third field goal with 2:53 remaining for a seven-point cushion.
Anthony Levine then intercepted a Savage pass to clinch it.
The Ravens picked off two passes to increase their NFL-leading total to 18, and their three takeaways upped their league-best total to 26.
Asked to assess Savage’s performance, Houston coach Bill O’Brien said: “Can’t turn it over. I thought he did some good things, but he turned it over too many times.”
Baltimore, in turn, did not commit a turnover.
Suggs had two sacks, Alex Collins ran for 60 yards and a touchdown, and punter Sam Koch threw perhaps Baltimore’s most significant pass of the game.
Baltimore coach John Harbaugh called for a fake punt, converted a fourth down with a rarely used pitchout and had quarterback Joe Flacco line up at wide receiver on a play in which Collins took a direct snap.
“You always have them in the game plan,” Flacco said. “It’s just the flow of the game.”
All of this added spice to a stagnant offense that protected the ball and did just enough to win.