On Saturday, an old-school defense and a new-school offense put together a shootout for the ages. On Sunday, a pair of dollar-steak-and-raw-potatoes teams are giving us a lower-scoring nail-biter that seems destined for a memorable conclusion.
The Texans admirably have made it a game, despite falling behind by 14 early. Midway through the fourth quarter, the score remains 17-13.
The Ravens opted not to extend it to seven late in the third with a three-pointer, choosing instead a Ray Rice run on fourth and goal from inside the one. The Houston defense held, and the two sides have continued to go back and forth.
Given the manner in which the Baltimore offense has struggled since getting to 17, it’s a fairly safe bet that the Texans will soon get another chance.