Amid the madness of Reliant Stadium — the white playoff towels waving, the giant "Go Texans" spelled out in placards along the entire east side of the lower bowl, defensive end Antonio Smith breaking into his ninja sword routine during pregame introductions, the noise, oh the noise — one silver-haired man sat silently.
Cam Cameron — the Baltimore Ravens' offensive coordinator — purchased a ticket to the game to watch the Texans defense from the stands. If Houston (10-6) beats Cincinnati, it will play at Baltimore (12-4) in the second round with the winner advancing to the AFC Championship Game. If the Bengals win, the Ravens will play the winner of the Pittsburgh-Denver game instead.
Cameron is obviously betting on seeing the Texans, a team his offense put up 29 points against back in Week 6, again. Why not get another up-close look at Wade Phillips' Miracle Defense, the second-ranked defense in the entire NFL?
So Cameron waded into the Texans crowd and found his seat. Cameron's own quarterback Joe Flacco has tweaked him for being too conservative in his offensive play calling. After seeing the Bengals go 74 yards in five plays — a drive that included a 52-yard pass interference penalty on safety Glover Quin — to go up 7-0 early, Cameron figures to be a little more daring against the Texans (if Houston actually makes it to Baltimore).