Week 2 of the 2020 NFL season saw the Ravens defeat the Texans 33-16 and improve to 2-0. on the year. Several players made game-changing plays in the win, but none more so than All-Pro CB Marlon Humphrey.
Early in the matchup against Houston, CB Tavon Young exited the game with a torn ACL. As he did for the 2019 season, Humphrey helped to fill the void left in the slot by Young and also delivered the biggest play of the day for Baltimore.
With 5:26 left in the first half, the Ravens led the Texans 13-7. QB Deshaun Watson had the ball at Houston’s 17-yard line when he completed a pass to WR Keke Coutee. Immediately after Coutee established possession of the football, however, Humphrey flew in to deliver one of his patented punches to the ball, causing a fumble. ILB L.J. Fort recovered the ball and found his way into the end zone for the score, extending Baltimore’s lead to 20-7.
This play set the tone for the day, as the Ravens maintained a comfortable lead for the remainder of the game. Humphrey is no stranger to changing games with plays like this. Look no further than his forced fumble and recovery against WR JuJu Smith-Schuster in overtime against the Steelers in 2019, which ultimately led to a game-winning field goal by Justin Tucker.
With Young slated to miss the rest of the season, Humphrey will once again be asked to help fill his void. As proven by his All-Pro 2019 season, however, Humphrey will be there to accept whatever challenge comes his way.