Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans look to get their first win of 2020, but won't come easy. They will be facing one the NFL's top-rated defenses in the Baltimore Ravens, a team that allowed a league-low six points in their Week 1 debut against Cleveland.
In last year's 41-7 loss at M&T Bank Stadium, Deshaun Watson saw first-hand the pressure created by the Ravens, a team that finished third in scoring defense (17.6 ppg) and fourth in total defense (300.6 ypg) in 2019.
"Last year's game is last year's game," Watson said. "This is a new year, so we're not really focused on what happened in that. It got away. They did their job and did what they had to do at home. This year and the talent they got is very, very top notch. One of the best defenses we're going to see throughout the year. They do a good job of creating different pressures up front, doing a different variety of blitzes, keeping you on your toes and p's and q's. We've just got to make sure that we're locked in and focus on our tasks, our game plan and take it one play at a time."
The 2020 Ravens have added even more weapons up front to bolster their pass rush. Baltimore traded for former Jaguars Pro Bowl defensive end Calais Campbell whose tackle for loss numbers (151) trail only J.J. Watt's (158) in the NFL. They also signed free agent defensive end Derek Wolfe, coming off a career-high seven sacks in Denver last year.
Led by defensive coordinator Wink Martindale, the Ravens defense is best known for their frequency and success in pressuring opposing quarterbacks.
"I think that's a big point," head coach and general manager Bill O'Brien said. "You've got to be able to handle their pressure. I think last year, I think they were – if not the most in the league, they were right in the top five defenses that pressure the most. You've got to be able to handle their pressure. Wink does a great job. All downs and distances, not just third down. That's a big part of going against the Ravens. If you can't handle their pressure then it just keeps coming and you've got a problem there. We've got to do a good job against the pressure."
Watson has led the Texans to eight consecutive wins after a loss. After falling 34-20 at Kansas City in Week 1, the Texans were back at work on Monday for their home opener in Week 2. Sunday's kickoff against the Ravens is set for 3:25 p.m. CT on CBS and SportsRadio 610.