Thursday, October 7, 2010
Houshmandzadeh: Ravens' O can be great
By James Walker
Baltimore Ravens receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh caught a game-winning, 18-yard touchdown reception in last week's win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. The catch was a relief for "Housh," who joined the team late and is trying to fit into an all-star cast that also includes former Pro Bowlers Anquan Boldin, Derrick Mason, Ray Rice, Todd Heap and Le'Ron McClain.
Afterwards the AFC North blog caught up with Houshmandzadeh, who was excited and very optimistic about the prospects of Baltimore's offense improving as the season goes on.
"We could literally, no lie, be like the Rams or Arizona of the last few years," Houshmandzadeh said. "With the guys we got and the quarterback [Joe Flacco]? We should be scoring and we got a defense, too. We should be smacking people like the Florida Gators with Tim Tebow. That's the type of weapons we have, and we have a defense where if we get that lead, it's over."
Houshmandzadeh mentioned he hopes last week's key drive late against Pittsburgh was the spark the Ravens needed to get the offense rolling. Baltimore's offense is off to a slow start in four games, ranking just 22nd in the NFL at 306.5 yards per game.
The Ravens (3-1) will host the Denver Broncos (2-2) Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium.