With loss at Houston, Baltimore’s postseason hopes take a hit

AP

An off day by the offense has put Baltimore’s playoff hopes in some peril.

The underdog Texans intercepted quarterback Joe Flacco three times and shut down Baltimore’s ground game en route to a 25-13 victory on Sunday in Houston. In defeat, the Ravens gained just 3.1 yards per play.

With the loss, the Ravens fell to 9-6, and they have fallen behind San Diego in the AFC pecking order. The Chargers (9-6) now are in firm control of their playoff hopes; if they win next Sunday at Kansas City, they are in the postseason, as they have already defeated Baltimore and Buffalo (8-6).

Flacco struggled through one of his worst days as a pro, completing just 21-of-50 passes for 195 yards. He did throw a pair of TD passes to Torrey Smith, but it was a nightmarish afternoon for the former Super Bowl MVP.

The Ravens had some tough injury luck, too, with left tackle Eugene Monroe and right tackle Ricky Wagner departing with injuries.

Starting less than a week after signing with the Texans, quarterback Case Keenum completed just 20-of-42 passes for 185 yards, and he was picked once. However, he was better than Flacco, which speaks to the sort of day the Ravens’ offense endured.

Texans star tailback Arian Foster had a productive day, racking up 96 yards on 25 carries and tossing a five-yard TD pass on an option pass. By contrast, the Ravens got just 33 yards on 16 carries from their ground game.

The Ravens host fading Cleveland next week, but they will need more than a just a win now to secure a playoff spot. Moreover, they are now eliminated from AFC North contention, with Cincinnati (9-4-1) guaranteed to have a better record than Baltimore.

68 responses to “With loss at Houston, Baltimore’s postseason hopes take a hit

  1. Yeah Cincy not guaranteed to have a better record.

    9-6-1 by losing to Den and at Pitt

    Ravens could be 10-6

  2. I’m glad the Ravens have a franchise QB. They really seem to be getting their money’s worth. At least they don’t have Dalton.

  3. The Houston Texans have the 28th ranked PASS Defense in the NFL.

    “ELITE” three interception joe flacco had 135 of his 195 passing yards in the 4th quarter against the 28th ranked PASS Defense playing PREVENT DEFENSE.

    The Andy Dalton led Cincinnati Bengals SWEEP of baltimore DESTROYED baltimore’s playoffs hopes.

    Two years in a row… Andy Dalton has knocked baltimore out of playoff contention.

    ENJOY.

  4. If Cincinnati loses the next two games and Baltimore wins next week, the Ravens will have a better record than the Bengals (10-6 compared to 9-6-1).

  5. that was a punch to the gut for Ravens fans… And I’m not a fan of either team…

    Tough road games happen

  6. Karma, Karma, Karma………as a tear streams down Lewis’ statue . Funny how the mouthy Raven fans are eating their words. Makes my year…..couldn’t happen to a more morally corrupt fan base…enjoy.

  7. just checking in to take my medicine.

    laughable performance by the ravens offence today. they don’t deserve to be in the playoffs with that kind of showing, or by letting their defence down like that.

    congratulations steelers fans for making it back to the postseason.

  8. I see Ravens fans struggle with the basics. No surprise there. Yes, technically the Ravens could have more wins than the Bengals, however they can’t win the AFC North as either the Steelers or the Bengals will have a better record than the Ravens, no matter what.

    If the Steelers win next week they will be 11 and 5 and division winners. If the Bengals win they will be no worse than 10-5-1 (no matter the outcome of tomorrow’s game).

  9. wouldn’t matter if you have more wins than the bungles…. you have to worry about the chargers dunce cap ratbird fans. they are ahead of you in the seeding as of right now. they would get in! bungles are gonna lose to the steelers anyways.. steelers your afc north champs! enjoy ratbird fans! we love the taste of your tears! go steelers!

  10. that loss will teach you ratbird fans! coming on steeler threads and laughing at the steelers losing to the jets and bucs! whos laughing now ladies? we are…at you!! hhahahahaahha

  11. Ravens can still have a better record if Bengals lose both games and Ravens win next week against Cleveland. They cannot win the division because Pitt owns the tiebreaker over them.

  12. The Ravens are toast, but it will be interesting to see if doctorrustbelt is still popping off after his Bengals get blown out these last two games.

    Nobody outside Cincy will ever take the Bengals seriously until they demonstrate they can at least win a playoff game.

  13. Cincinnati can miss the playoffs entirely by losing to Denver and Pittsburgh and a Baltimore win – would anybody be surprised if they did ?

  14. The truth of the matter is, Flacco has no weapons. Torrey is awesome and we love him in bmore but he’s not a number 1. He has no legit TE these days and the WR depth is pretty bare after Steve smith and marlon brown.

    But nobody wants to hear that, so ignore me.

  15. John Harbaugh proved that I was right about him all along. He really doesn’t know fundamental football tactics. He really makes decisions using a dart board, I think. Week after week, he is exposed as a very poor clock manager and decision maker. How many games have we lost because of this idiot? Was it really Billy Cundiff’s fault that he missed a rushed field goal, when we had wasted time outs earlier? Both of the Harbaughs should be unemployed after this season. Neither is any good in crunch time. How they made it to the Super Bowl is still a mystery. They had leaders in 2012 that were able to lead their teams despite their head coaches. John got rid of the leaders- the strong locker room personalities….the ones that would challenge him or correct him. Now both of them are exposed for what they are and for what they don’t know.

  16. doctorrustbelt says:
    Dec 21, 2014 5:47 PM
    The Houston Texans have the 28th ranked PASS Defense in the NFL.

    “ELITE” three interception joe flacco had 135 of his 195 passing yards in the 4th quarter against the 28th ranked PASS Defense playing PREVENT DEFENSE.

    The Andy Dalton led Cincinnati Bengals SWEEP of baltimore DESTROYED baltimore’s playoffs hopes.

    Two years in a row… Andy Dalton has knocked baltimore out of playoff contention.

    ENJOY.

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    Rusty,

    Flacco still has more playoff wins than Andy even if you only count Joe’s rookie year.

    Back to reality please.

  17. Congrats to the Steelers for clinching a playoff spot; congrats to Houston for out-coaching/out-playing the Ravens today.

    But keep it classy Pittsburgh fans; it’s been awhile since your team has been in the position it is in. Cherish it. Enjoy it. Play the high road. It may be a long time until it happens again.

  18. I thought joe flacco was elite?!?

    I thought elite guys win with anybody?!?

    It’s so funny to hear baltimore fans cry about having no weapons and castigate Andy Dalton (who SWEPT baltimore and knocked baltimore out of playoff contention the past two seasons) when they have Torrey Smith and multiple All-Pro Steve Smith (while Andy Dalton has A.J. Green and 3rd rounder disappearing Mohamed Sanu).

  19. Cincy lose the next 2, the Steelers get the division. Even if the Ravens win next week they still need a Charger loss. Not sure who gets the spot if Baltimore, SD, and Buffalo all finish with 10 wins or not sure who gets the spot in the unlikely event of a 9 win skirmish. Like I said last week Baltimore needs a lot of help.

  20. Morally corrupt fans base???? Man get a life. This is just football…….SMH

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    I apologize . I thought you only gave $5.00 to Ray’s statue fund,but your $10.00 donation and applauding Ray a Rice this summer makes more sympathetic to your opinion.

  21. Bigbenownsthenfl…….actually it does matter if the “rat birds” have more wins than the bengals. If they have more wins than the bengals it means 1) steelers are 3 or 4 seed freeing up another wild card slot. And by having more wins than the bengals they would be in regardless of what the chargers do. And then we go to Heinz field most likely….

  22. I’m not going to be happy about it but I have to doff my cap to the Steelers. Our team doesn’t deserve to represent the AFC North in the playoffs. The way they played today is, despite the injuries, horrible. The entire organization needs to re-group- from the owner on down. Decisions this season made by the league, by the owner, by the management and by some players leaves a lot to be desired. The truth is the powerful force that drives karma. Let us learn from our mistakes and heal as an organization, as a team, and as a fan base.

  23. The last paragraph should say that the Ravens are eliminated from divisional contention since they are now guaranteed to finish behind the Steelers/Bengals week 17 winner. Also their wild card hopes took a dash because the Steelers beat them in a tiebreaker at 10-6 (divisional and common games would be the same but the Steelers have the better conference record) and San Diago has a H2H tiebreaker.

  24. Congrats to the Steelers for clinching a playoff spot; congrats to Houston for out-coaching/out-playing the Ravens today.

    But keep it classy Pittsburgh fans; it’s been awhile since your team has been in the position it is in. Cherish it. Enjoy it. Play the high road. It may be a long time until it happens again.

    A Raven fan telling any fan base to be classy should make a Time Magazine’s funniest quotes of the year. I guess you can’t count to six……the high road doesn’t have any Raven vehicles on it!

  25. How is cinci guaranteed to have a better record than Baltimore? Cinci could finish 9-5-1 and Baltimore could finish 10-6. Unless I’m missing something 10-6 is a better record 9-5-1?

  26. I am shocked that baltimore fans don’t see how pathetic it is to argue about final records when their team was SWEPT by the other team.

    It’s like a baltimore guy arguing about having better sneakers than the Cincinnati guy who is sleeping with the baltimore guy’s girlfriend while the baltimore guy is walking back home to the halfway house from his job sweeping public restrooms.

  27. Get them in while ya can Rusty. Usually Cincy goes home after the 1rst round. This year it’s gonna be a week early.

  28. In the seven years that I have watched him, this is the first game that I can say definitively that Flacco lost the game. Of course, it turned out that the Texans knew more about what Gary Kubiak was going to do than he knew about what they were going to do.

    Cincy, when you actually win a playoff game without Icky Woods, then talk. 6 D backs on the IR doomed the Ravens this season. They actually did quite well considering that and they lost their #1 running back before the season, and their #1 TE went down early. When Howdy Doody wins a playoff game, let me know how great he is.

  29. Baltimore’s future championship hopes ended when they mortgaged their future by ridiculously overpaying Flacco. It’s simple: it’s bad business paying a mediocre QB like a franchise one. Flacco had one fluke playoff run, and the “savvy” Ravens organization led by the “great” Ozzie Newsome swallowed this mirage like a bunch of yokels at a carnival.

    Congratulations SUCKERS on paying your mediocre QB like a franchise one. So much for your sterling reputation for handling contracts. You couldn’t recognize how mediocre Flacco is, now accept the consequences. And I NEVER want to hear another lecture from some Ravens fan about the “great” Ozzie. Fact is, he’s as big as sucker as it gets.

  30. dcapettini, to be fair Rice started his decline last year. If Rice was still there(with no suspension)would Forsett even have seen much time? No Rice actually helped your team this year.

  31. First of all cinci will get beat by Denver tommorow night. Then the steelers are going to help the ravens make the playoffs next week when they beat cinci. Then the ravens will eliminate the steelers in the playoffs. How about that for poetic justice? Watch your mouth people- mark my words and remember who said it.

  32. The ravens having a winning season with what they had to work with is a success in itself. Ozzie is a genius for still generating a winning team after having to rebuild an entire roster. Some people have no clue. Try balancing a budget with minimal cap space. Id take flacco as my franchise qb any day. His win percentage speaks for itself. Some people don’t know how to read numbers they just like to hop on the bandwagon when he has one bad game. Flacco numbers this year are his best yet.

  33. Congrats to Pitt
    Ravens win next week and Bungles drop last 2 which looks very promising and Uh oh……Ravens are the 6th seed or 5th if SD loses at KC too
    Lot of football to be played next week
    Cincy fans – would be horrible to go from division lead and beating the Ravens twice to watching us in 2 weeks
    Good luck – you will need it

  34. Today was a dumpster fire, but Flacco’s contract was based on the following, and justified since by contracts awarded to QBs who haven’t approached Joe’s post-season resume:

    Only quarterback to start and win a playoff game in each of his first five seasons
    Most road playoff wins by a quarterback: 6
    Most touchdowns in a postseason: 11 (tied with Joe Montana and Kurt Warner)
    Most touchdowns without an interception in a postseason: 11 (tied with Joe Montana)
    First quarterback to have a passer rating over 100 in all four games of a single postseason.

    You can post the same tired rant after every bad game, but it still doesn’t hold water.

  35. As a Steelers fan, I couldn’t be happier……but I’ll stick up for the Ravens over the Bungles.
    Anyone bragging about the exploits of Andy Dalton surely must not be watching play-off football.
    Dr Rustbelt…give your head a shake. Steeler and Raven fans have something recently you’ll never have….a Super Bowl.

  36. highlogic, the Ravens win next week? Like how they were easily going to win this week, announced by members of raven nation.

    Bengals and Steelers are frauds? I can buy the Bengals as frauds with a 3-3 record against winning teams. Steelers are frauds? Seriously? 5-1 against teams with winning records. Not saying they have a big chance at the SB, but punching your ticket is the first step.

  37. ravenswhat, all we heard from Raven nation, we’ll all 3 of the fans of the other teams in the AFCN during the entire offseason, preseason, and most of the regular season was how their AFCN team was going to win the division while the Steelers was going to be the dumpster fire in the basement, none more vocal then the Raven trolls. Next week the Steelers, who already punched their ticket, will be playing for the North title and the 3rd seed while the Ravens can thank the Panthers for beating the Browns so the Ravens don’t have to fight to stay out of the basement. Take your lumps and pray for some help.

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    ampatsisahypocrite says:
    Dec 21, 2014 7:47 PM
    Baltimore’s future championship hopes ended when they mortgaged their future by ridiculously overpaying Flacco. It’s simple: it’s bad business paying a mediocre QB like a franchise one. Flacco had one fluke playoff run, and the “savvy” Ravens organization led by the “great” Ozzie Newsome swallowed this mirage like a bunch of yokels at a carnival.

    Congratulations SUCKERS on paying your mediocre QB like a franchise one. So much for your sterling reputation for handling contracts. You couldn’t recognize how mediocre Flacco is, now accept the consequences. And I NEVER want to hear another lecture from some Ravens fan about the “great” Ozzie. Fact is, he’s as big as sucker as it gets.

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    Do you realize how ignorant you sound? Winning QBs cost a lot of money. It’s a fact these days. Most of them are overpaid in the what have you done for me lately era. Say what you want about Flacco but he has been one of the most successful QBs in the NFL since he came into the league. The wins don’t lie.

    But to rip on Ozzie…dude…there are very few gms that have had his successful run over the years.

    Stop being so ignorant.

  39. Props to the Texans for taking us to the woodshed. Houston’s front 7 gave our O-line fits. Rest up Ravens–take care of Cleveland and the odds are good that Cincy can drop 2 or KC can beat SD.

    On a side note: With the rules now slanted in favor of QBs, JJ Watt is the MVP!

  40. This is where taking “rankings” always fails. The Texans may be 28th in pass defense but they have played way better the last few weeks in the secondary, plus they’ve been shutting down the run during that span. They’ve been playing like a dominant defense the second half of the season – it’s the offense that has prevented them from winning more than they have.

    Mark it down now – the Ravens will be upset by Hoyer and the Browns, the Chargers will get beat by KC, and the Texans will beat the Jags and end up the 6th seed despite everything that’s happened this season to them. After that, there won’t be any excuse for Watt not winning MVP as the team will be a playoff team.

  41. Ravensterps, Flacco with yet another horrible outing but taking no blame from homers. He had a great defense his first 4 years, lots of luck before his SB run, I will give him credit for his lights out playoff run, and then followed up the SB and a massive payday with 2 mediocre seasons.

    First to blame for Flacco’s short comings was Cam, then Caldwall got the praise before he got blamed for holding him back, next was the o-line and run game. What’s the common denominator? Flacco, he is a middle if the pack QB getting paid like a top 5 when the defense helped him look better then what he is.

  42. ravenswhat says:

    Do you realize how ignorant you sound? Winning QBs cost a lot of money. It’s a fact these days. Most of them are overpaid in the what have you done for me lately era. Say what you want about Flacco but he has been one of the most successful QBs in the NFL since he came into the league. The wins don’t lie.

    But to rip on Ozzie…dude…there are very few gms that have had his successful run over the years.

    Stop being so ignorant.
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    Oh no, I do realize the savvy moves the Ravens have made. For example bringing in Smith this year was sheer excellence. So believe me, I’m unbiased here when I state the obvious fact that overpaying Flacco was the WORST move a franchise has made in the last 20 years. You’re seeing it just as I called it — the utter destruction of your franchise for the next 10 years. Today was a prime example, likely eliminated from the playoffs as Joe is embarrassed to lose to some 4th stringer from the Texans.

    Flacco’s winning record you’re leaning on frankly has come because of the team around him, studs like Lewis and Reed. Now that those guys are gone he’s not so “winning” is he? That’s what you and your other Ravens fan geniuses don’t get. Flacco has been carried by the team, and now that he’s being called on to be more than just a cog in the wheel, he can’t handle the duties.

    The Ravens NEVER won because of Flacco. They won because they SUPPORTED Flacco.

    If you can’t realize this fact, and how badly it reflects on your front office overpaying him, they YOU are the one who’s “ignorant.”

    10 years of Ozzie magic were wiped out by one contract overpaying mediocre Flacco like a franchise QB. Deal with it when others point out this fact.

  43. This nonsense about Flacco is such garbage. What about Rogers last week? What about Romo being paid more than Flacco and hasn’t done anything.

  44. Texans front 7 was immense today. A bunch of “if only” for Houston this year. Ultimately, it’s “if only” we had a QB.

  45. kelsey59, Flacco is middle of the pack getting paid top 5 money.

    Rodgers had a bad game, so did his receivers with 7 drops, Flacco has way more bad games then Rodgers. Rodgers played a top defense while Flacco played an average defense(with the exception of Watt).

    Can’t argue too much about Romo, although he has had the worst defense in NFL history, but he is over paid for his prior body of work.

  46. The offense was bad. O-line couldn’t block. Injuries didn’t help there. Too many penalties at wrong times. And yes, Flacco didn’t earn his keep. I’m a fan but they got what they deserve. Last week they barely squeaked by, this week it was a better team than the Jags and they couldn’t get by.

    Expect all the gloating, however, calling this karma and worse calling it a morally corrupt fan base isn’t appropriate and is painfully stupid.

  47. The offense was bad. O-line couldn’t block. Injuries didn’t help there. Too many penalties at wrong times. And yes, Flacco didn’t earn his keep. I’m a fan but they got what they deserve. Last week they barely squeaked by, this week it was a better team than the Jags and they couldn’t get by.

    Expect all the gloating, however, calling this karma and worse calling it a morally corrupt fan base isn’t appropriate and is painfully stupid.

    Painfully stupid isn’t the name on the statue outside of the Raven stadium…or is it…..applause for a wife abuser is painfully stupid…trying to hide the abuse is painfully stupid….care to ask for more? Ignoring karma can be painfully stupid.

  48. Karma isn’t real unless you are Buddhist and I am not.

    Hate, the team and the organization. Fine. You spend way to much time hating the fans who are regular people you don’t even know.

  49. It was great to see Keenum finally get a win, especially against a team that the Texans had kind of built up a little bit of a rivalry against.

    That was by far the Texans most dominating win of the season. Sure we may have won by more points, but I can’t remember seeing the Texans have a team under their thumb like they did yesterday, especially defensively.

    The Texans D has been STIFLING the last month. Much of that is due to JJ Watt. What’d he have yesterday, 1 sack (should be 2 as he had a sack on the 2PC too), 3 TFLs, 1 blocked pass, 4 QB hits, and a partridge in a pear tree?

    Here’s to hoping the Ratbirds lose again next week and we can rise up and steal that playoff spot right from under you.

    Cheers!

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