Oct 20, 2012, 12:57 PM EDT
RAVENS (5-1) AT TEXANS (5-1)
By Football Night in America’s Eliott Kalb
• With no other AFC teams better than 3-3, it’s not unrealistic to say that the winner of this
game has the inside track to the number one seed in the AFC playoffs.
• Baltimore has never lost to Houston winning each of their six all-time meetings including
twice last season. The Ravens beat the Texans 29-14 in mid-October last season before
dispatching them 20-13 in the AFC divisional round in January.
• Joe Flacco has thrown six TD with just one INT in four career games vs. the Texans.
• The Ravens enter this game having won four in a row but four of their next five
games come away from home beginning Sunday in Houston.
• Baltimore’s defense surrendered a franchise-worst 227 yards rushing to the Cowboys last
week but escaped with a 31-29 victory after Dallas failed to execute in the final seconds
first on a two-point conversion, then on a 51-yard field goal.
• The Ravens defense also suffered two devastating blows as both Ray Lewis (triceps) and
Lardarius Webb (ACL) were lost for the season. As Matt Vensel of the Baltimore Sun
points out: Though Lewis is the emotional leader of the defense, the bigger loss might
be Webb as opposing quarterbacks had thrown in his direction just 24 times this season
while averaging a ludicrous 4.6 yards per attempt. For comparison’s sake, All-Pro corner
Darrelle Revis allowed 5.5 yards per attempt in 2011.
• Jimmy Smith, the Ravens 2011 first-round pick, is expected to enter the starting lineup in
place of Webb. He’ll be lining up against All-Pro Andre Johnson in a matchup to watch.
• The good news for Baltimore, reigning NFL defensive player of the year, Terrell Suggs
practiced Wednesday for the first time since tearing his Achilles in late April. Suggs isn’t
expected to play for at least another couple of weeks.
• Baltimore’s defense has allowed 441 yards rushing in the past two games and now faces Arian
Foster who is second in the NFL with 561 yards rushing, trailing only Jamaal Charles (591).
• Though Charles (716) leads the NFL in scrimmage yards through six games, Ray Rice
(715) is second and Foster is fourth (633).
• The Texans are looking for their first 6-1 start in franchise history
• Houston is coming off its first loss of the season – a 42-24 drubbing at home to the
Packers on Sunday night. It was Houston’s first loss with Matt Schaub under center since
losing to the Ravens last October. The Texans had won each of Schaub’s last nine starts
prior to the loss to Green Bay.
• Despite allowing 42 points on six touchdown passes from Aaron Rodgers, the Texans
defense still leads the AFC, allowing just 19.2 points per game. It’s worth nothing that
seven NFC defenses are allowing fewer points per game than Houston.
• The Texans are the only team in the NFL that has yet to allow a rushing TD this season.
• The Texans secondary will be watched closely Sunday after being shredded by Aaron
Rodgers. Johnathan Joseph, slowed by a sore groin vs. Green Bay, didn’t practice this
week but the Texans believe he’ll play Sunday.
• An interesting story Sunday will be the reception of Jacoby Jones by Texans’ fans. Jones
returned a kickoff 108 yards for a TD last Sunday vs. the Cowboys. Jones was cut by
Houston after muffing a punt and losing a fumble in the Texans loss to the Ravens in the
playoffs last January.
• Including last year’s playoffs, J.J. Watt has recorded at least one sack in eight straight
games. He leads the NFL with 9.5 sacks this season.
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Colts sign Arena League DE Caesar Rayford http://t.co/yRP3TisQf7
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Reports: Prosecutors want to revoke Josh Brent's bond http://t.co/m72WMKJN1R
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Texas strike deal with rookie OLB Sam Montgomery http://t.co/KKv9rh7a89
49ers sign rookie TE Vance McDonald http://t.co/rvs7ptPC4R
Rams move 403-pound rookie from defense to offense http://t.co/DZDemxbTHn
Tank Carradine signs on the dotted line with the 49ers http://t.co/tuaCEcHhw5
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Cardinals sign Tyrann Mathieu http://t.co/yTb3QnjdlN
Steelers sign rookie WR Justin Brown http://t.co/pUPVccwg4e
Panthers finalize draft class by signing Klein and Barner http://t.co/KPVOQUaqKq
Urlacher remembers when Brady "juked me out of my shoes" http://t.co/oPw9TupxPE
Pierre Garçon recovering from labrum surgery http://t.co/oABgfVh0pK
Saints working in OTAs without their replacement left tackle http://t.co/UQcyYTjQKx
Pulled muscle could keep Trent Richardson out until training camp http://t.co/NHEsRwNfT1
Stephen Nicholas, Sean Weatherspoon out for start of Falcons OTAs http://t.co/PCk5r3pF3d
Brian Hoyer confident he can be a starter, and he might be right http://t.co/dFn5ifw5p0
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And the anonymous ripping of Mark Sanchez begins http://t.co/AHPZSeQH0I
Bucs sign second-round pick Johnthan Banks http://t.co/YadrThJLKs
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DUI charge against Titans player thrown out when arresting officer doesn't show for court http://t.co/CWuJavqMDV
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Ernie Accorsi is not convinced that Brian Urlacher is a Hall of Famer http://t.co/3mUqoQncvm
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RG3 on the field, throwing passes at Redskins' OTAs http://t.co/fvZJj6Nmwm
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Sunday Night Football Headlines
- Scott Chandler working out on restructured knee for Bills
- Josh Wilson had surgery on torn labrum and pectoral
- Seahawks sign receiver Justin Veltung
- Colts sign outside linebacker Caesar Rayford
- ProFootballTalk: Urlacher a borderline Hall of Famer?
- Falcons talking contract with Richard Seymour
- District attorney’s office seeks revocation of Josh Brent’s bond
- ProFootballTalk: The similarities between Chuck Norris and Tim Tebow
- ProFootballTalk: On the phone with Matt Barkley
- It’s Ravens Mt. Rushmore nomination time
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