AFC DIVISIONAL ROUND: Houston Texans (11-6) @ Baltimore Ravens (12-4)
Sunday, January 15th, 1:00pm
Preview: Houston won their first playoff game in franchise history last Saturday, beating Cincinnati 31-10 with the help of RB Arian Foster who rushed for 153 yards and 2 touchdowns. The formula for the Texans has been to play tough defense (ranked 2nd overall) and on offense they dominate with the rushing attack in RB Arian Foster and Ben Tate. Houston ranks 2nd in rushing yards (153.0 yards per game). The Texans suffered a myriad of injuries at the quarterback position. Now starting is rookie back-up T.J. Yates, who has been effective and is 3-3 as a starter. In week six in Baltimore, the Ravens faced Houston and won 29 -14.
RB Arian Foster vs. Ravens D: Key to the game for the Ravens defense is stop Arian Foster. In the regular season RB Arian Foster totaled 1224 yards, 4.4 rush average, and 10 TD’s. Foster is also an excellent receiver coming out of the backfield. The Ravens defense finished the season ranked 2nd versus the run (92.6).
WR Andre Johnson vs. CB Ladarius Webb/FS Ed Reed: Make no mistake the Texans will take their shots deep. Johnson has the size, speed and strength to beat coverage. Expect a lot of attention paid to the Texans deep threat. Ed Reed has been playing with a compromised shoulder, still even limited, it will be risky go over the top with the ‘Ball-Hawk’ lurking. Last week in Houston QB Yates connected to Johnson 5 times for 90 yards and 1 TD.
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