The Ravens walked into Houston with a 5-1 record and a shot to establish themselves as the lead dog in the AFC.
They walked out 43-13 losers with all kinds of questions about how to fix what’s broken on the team during the bye week. The defense has not been good — before and after the injuries to Ray Lewis and Lardarius Webb — and that’s put pressure on the offense that they haven’t been able to meet every week. The return of linebacker Terrell Suggs illustrated one of the problems facing the Ravens. Suggs looked to be in good health and was probably the best player on the field for the Ravens, which doesn’t say much for the players who took the field without a serious Achilles injury in their recent past.
It’s not an ideal scenario by any means and it is one that worries coach John Harbaugh quite a bit.
“I’m concerned about everything,” Harbaugh said, via Mike Preston of the Baltimore Sun. “What aren’t you concerned about? Sometimes you get tossed out of the bar. We came in with hype, with good intentions and ready to battle. I thought our guys fought. We kept running back in and they kept throwing us back out.”
The big picture still looks good for the Ravens thanks to their record. How much longer things remain that way will have to do with how many of Harbaugh’s concerns the team can eliminate during their week off.