Five for Friday: How the Ravens can avoid a repeat of last year and beat the Texans
On Sunday, the Ravens get another crack at the Houston Texans, who embarrassed them in a 43-13 rout last October. It was the most lopsided loss of the John Harbaugh era. Things got out of hand quickly for the Ravens in that game, with Joe Flacco getting sacked for a safety and throwing a pick-six in the first half, and they trailed by 26 points at halftime. In this week's Five for Friday, blogger and reporter Matt Vensel identifies five things that will need to go differently for the Ravens to win this weekend.
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1. Limit the damage done by the Texans backs
When the Ravens traveled to Houston last season, they were still searching for solutions after their run defense got shredded by Kansas City and Dallas. Those struggles carried into the Texans game. Arian Foster rushed for 98 yards and two scores. Ben Tate added 47 yards. Even Justin Forsett got into the act, with 32 yards. The Texans averaged 4.9 yards per carry to pound the Ravens defense and wind the clock.