The Ravens’ next opponent, the Houston Texans, will have had 11 days between their loss to the Philadelphia Eagles last Thursday and the Monday night showdown with the Ravens.
Texans coach Gary Kubiak said the team has used that time to study the Ravens and craft game plans, but perhaps the most significant benefit was giving players like wide receiver Andre Johnson (high right ankle sprain), defensive end Mario Williams (sports hernia), right tackle Eric Winston (shoulder) and right guard Mike Brisiel (shoulder) a chance to heal.
"We needed to get some guys healthy," Kubiak said during a conference call with Baltimore media Thursday morning. "So from that standpoint, it's been good. Coming out of Philly last Thursday, was able to get some guys and get them a break, get them healthy. Maybe we'll get a couple of extra practices in, but we'll get back to our normal routine this week. I think in this business, when you get a long, long time, if you get game plans in people's hands too early, they can get stale. So we'll try to keep our routine the same. We've got a lot of things to do to get ready to play this game Monday night, but a lot of time to do it."Ravens coach John Harbaugh agreed with Kubiak in that the extra time helps Houston.
"It's probably a big plus," Harbaugh said Thursday. "We talked about it. I think we felt like we had a little bit of an advantage in the Carolina week as well. They have more time to study. Twenty-four hours more is a plus, [and] they had four days more. So preparation-wise, it helps them. It helps them health-wise, it helps them rest-wise. All those things are valuable."
Another part of that equation is that the Ravens have to re-focus after expending a tremendous amount of energy and emotion in Sunday night's 13-10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
But Kubiak dismissed the notion that the Ravens could suffer from a letdown effect.
"The way this league is set up nowadays, it's nothing for you to play Sunday, play Thursday, turn around and play Saturday this late in the year," Kubiak said. "I don't think it matters, and that football team, heck, they've been doing it for a long, long time, and they've adjusted and have always been very, very successful. So we know we'll get their best shot. We know how big the game is to them, and obviously, it's huge for us. So it'll be another football game."
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