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Week 11 Game Recap: Houston Texans 7, Baltimore Ravens 41

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Houston Texans

The tight ends, Jordan Akins and Darren Fells, were a non-factors the entire game despite getting enough playing time.

Will Fuller remains limited in practices due to his hamstring issue and will be a game-time decision heading into Thursday Night football.

Baltimore Ravens

Lamar Jackson and the Ravens offense functioned like a well oiled machine. Jackson started 1 for 6 as a passer but put together another great performance. Jackson was great throwing the ball and contributed key plays with his legs including a spectacular must see 48 yard carry. Mark Andrews and Mark Ingram were Jackson's favorite targets. Andrews continues to see involvement in the red zone and looks to be over a foot injury that bothered him earlier in the season. Andrews' athleticism was on full display on a 51 yard catch and run. Marquise Brown made a few plays but did not seem to be at 100 percent. Mark Ingram made the most of his opportunities as a receiver including an impressive 12 yard touchdown where he ducked what should have been a sure tackle. Gus Edwards played very well and had two explosive runs but his 65 yard touchdown came when the game was well out of hand.

Houston Texans

QB Deshaun Watson, 57 offensive snaps, Pass: 18 - 29 - 169 - 0 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 3 - 12 - 0
It was an unproductive day for Deshaun Watson and his first game of the season without a touchdown. The Ravens did everything to limit his throws downfield and add in the most sacks of him this season with seven. It was a recipe for disaster. Watson turned to Hopkins for most of his work, completing seven passes for the longest of the day going for 20 yards. There were two costly turnovers for Watson with a fumble and interception he should not have thrown. It was a rare down game for Watson and one that should be a blip on the radar screen.

RB Carlos Hyde, 21 offensive snaps, Rush: 9 - 65 - 1 (1 targets)
From a production standpoint, it was a pretty insignificant day for Hyde until he broke a 41-yard touchdown run late in the game during garbage time. Outside of that long run, Hyde had tough sledding, only rushing for 24 yards on eight carries.

RB Duke Johnson, 36 offensive snaps, Rush: 6 - 40 - 0, Rec: 2 - 4 - 0 (2 targets)
Johnson had the most success as a runner rushing for 40 yards and catching two passes for four yards. Johnson continues to have success running the football and, more importantly, get touches as a runner making defenders miss.

WR DeAndre Hopkins, 57 offensive snaps, Rec: 7 - 80 - 0 (12 targets)
The Texans other bright spot in the offense with seven catches for 80 yards. His longest reception was for 20 yards, but most of his work continued to be on shorter routes helping out Watson trying to get going. He did get targets deep, but he and Watson could not connect when needed, including a costly no-call pass interference on a 4th downplay that would have set the Texans up at the one-yard line. Hopkins continues to get his opportunities in the passing game.

WR Kenny Stills, 60 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 27 - 0 (7 targets)
Continuing to take the snaps that Will Fuller has vacated due to his hamstring injury, Stills is getting opportunities, but due to the total down day on offense, it was an unproductive day. Stills was open on plenty of plays, but due to breaking down in protection or Watson not seeing him, it lead to missed opportunities. Still did have four receptions, but he is doing enough to get open, it is just up to Watson to find him.

WR Keke Coutee, 44 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 25 - 0 (3 targets)
The return of Keke Coutee happened on Sunday, and it did not go according to plan. Sloppy routes and a dropped pass, Coutee had three receptions for 25 yards. It was clear Coutee was rusty, and it was a while since he played with the offense. It will be interesting to see his usage moving forward with the offense if he can clean up his routes in a hurry.

Baltimore Ravens

QB Lamar Jackson, 61 offensive snaps, Pass: 17 - 24 - 222 - 4 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 9 - 86 - 0
Lamar Jackson started the game 1 for 6 as a passer but ended up putting together another MVP type performance. Jackson completed 13 consecutive passes after the slow start and finished the game with 4 touchdown passes. Jackson also created big plays with his legs including another spectacular run. The Ravens first two possessions came up empty with a missed field goal followed by a failed fake punt on 4th down. Jackson moved the Ravens down the field for a touchdown. Jackson went 5 for 5 with each completion going to a different target and capped the drive with a 15 yard strike to Seth Roberts. The Ravens offense again moved into the red zone this time on the strength of their rushing attack. Jackson threw another dart down the middle of the field for an 18 yard touchdown to Andrews on a post route that looked very similar to his first touchdown pass. Jackson got the Ravens on the board again with a 30 pass interference penalty to set up a 25 yard touchdown pass to Mark Ingram. It was a simple pass to the flat and Ingram went uncontested to the end zone for the score. Jackson made two defenders miss near the line of scrimmage on a read option play then narrowly avoided 3 more tacklers at the second level with a series of cuts and moves before being brought down after a 39 yard run. Multiple defenders had Jackson within reach but whiffed. The run set up a field goal attempt. Jackson hit Mark Andrews in stride on a crossing route allowing him to run for a 51 yard gain. The pass set up a 12 yard touchdown to Mark Ingram. Jackson was replaced by Robert Griffin III following the score.

RB Mark Ingram, 33 offensive snaps, Rush: 13 - 48 - 0, Rec: 3 - 37 - 2 (4 targets)
Mark Ingram played very well and did much of his damage in the passing game. The Ravens continue to scheme Ingram targets. Ingram has proven to be match up problem against linebackers and the Ravens are using him in different ways to attack defenses. Ingram was targeted downfield after releasing up the seam on a 3rd down but Ingram was well covered on the play and the pass fell incomplete. Ingram picked up 11 yards on an inside carry running behind Bradley Bozeman. Ingram made a catch in the flat and went practically uncontested for a 25 yard receiving touchdown. Mark Andrews set a pick for Ingram on the play leaving him all alone along the sideline. Ingram picked up 9 yards running off right tackle thanks to a great block by Patrick Ricard on the edge. Ingram made a catch in the flat with a defender closing him down and ducked under the defender in a single legged squat to escape for a 12 yard touchdown. It was one of Ingram's best plays of the season as the defender had him dead to rights.

RB Gus Edwards, 29 offensive snaps, Rush: 8 - 112 - 1
Gus Edwards ended the game as the Ravens leading rusher thanks to two explosive plays. Edwards followed a great block from a pulling Nick Boyle and sprinted into the open field off left tackle for a 25 yard gain. Edwards showed off his impressive speed on the play. With the game well in hand Edwards went untouched for a 65 yard touchdown. Edwards got great blocks from Patrick Ricard and Miles Boykin. Edwards showed great vision and did a nice job of following his blocks. Edwards seems to have fresh legs and the Ravens may rely on their power back more as the season progresses.

WR Marquise Brown, 38 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 23 - 0 (4 targets)
Marquise Brown made some contributions for the Ravens but played a limited role. Brown ran a comeback route from the slot and picked up 17 yards on his first reception. Brown drew a questionable 30 yard pass interference penalty on a deep shot from Jackson to help set up a Ravens touchdown. Brown did absorb some contact but it didn't seem to impact the play. Brown did not seem to be at full speed on the play as he was dealing with foot and ankle issues. Brown made a 6 yard catch on 3rd and 5 running a crossing route.

TE Mark Andrews, 25 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 75 - 1 (4 targets)
Mark Andrews looked fully healthy and is a matchup problem for defenses. Andrew's speed combined with his size and hands make him very hard to cover especially in the red zone where the Ravens had struggled earlier in the season. His ability after the catch also stood out in this game. Andrews picked up 8 yards making a catch in the flat. Andrews ran a post route from the slot and caught a 17 yard touchdown form Jackson. Andrews used his big frame to shield the ball from his defender. Andrews had a 17 yard reception negated by penalty. But the following play Andrews ran a crossing route. slipped a tackle, and escaped down the sideline for a 51 yard catch and run. Andrews made two defenders miss on the play and his speed was evident.