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Giddy about the Houston Texans preparing to take on the defending Super Bowl Champions in Baltimore? Express that anticipation in Battle Red Blog's Countdown To Kickoff open thread. You need to do something to pass the time until the game starts.

Here's hoping we see Ryan Harris celebrating another TD with Owen Daniels today.
Here's hoping we see Ryan Harris celebrating another TD with Owen Daniels today.
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Duane Brown did not make the trip to Baltimore. This worries me. Despite a firm belief that the Texans are a more talented team than the Ravens, I was never particularly confident about this game to begin with. The thought of Elvis Dumervil and Terrell Suggs teeing off on Derek Newton and Ryan Harris (and thus by extension, Matt Schaub) is terrifying.

Then again, the Ravens will be without their best offensive weapon; Ray Rice won't start and seems likely to be out for the game. That could well be a bigger loss than the Texans being without their All-Pro left tackle.

Debate that issue, as well as anything else about the Texans and Ravens, here. This the place for you to talk about the Texans, the Ravens, what you hope to see this afternoon, and anything else Texans or Ravens-related as we wait for those final minutes to tick by before gametime.

The first open thread for the game will post at 11:45 a.m. CDT. Until then, use the studio space.

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