If it’s true that the outcome of a NFL contest can be boiled down to the battle in the trenches, then Sunday’s contest between the Ravens and Houston Texans figures to be a test of wills.
Houston boasts one of the most productive offensive lines, a unit that finished the regular season ranked second in the NFL in rushing yards (2,448) and tied for third in rushing touchdowns (18).
The Texans, however, did not fare well in the Oct. 16 meeting between these two teams. Houston managed 293 total yards of offense (third fewest total of the season), compiled 93 rushing yards (third fewest), and allowed four sacks (tied for second most).
Redding said disrupting the offensive line will be the first objective for the defensive front.
“You have to break that line up, get penetration, knock them back, use your hands, get off your blockers and make tackles,” Redding said.
Texans' offensive line poses challenge for defense
Line play contributed to Houston's ranking second in rushing, tied for third in touchdowns