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Ravens' unbalanced line strikes a chord with Saints' Payton

When the Ravens opened Monday night’s game against the Houston Texans by starting Oniel Cousins at right tackle and Chris Chester at tight end, Sean Payton wasn’t surprised.

The New Orleans Saints have used a similar alignment, starting offensive tackle Zach Strief at tight end in an effort to add a little more muscle up front. That the Ravens did the same thing against the Texans resonated with Payton."Well, we do the same thing in that there are certain plays where we want to bring in an additional tackle to play in that tight-end position just to have a little bit of a bigger body on those defensive ends," Payton said during a conference call with Baltimore media Wednesday afternoon. "It's what Baltimore did, and typically, you package some plays where you're going to have a handful of runs and then some play-action passes off of it. Zach Streif's kind of fit that role for us."

The Ravens may have opted to begin with that formation because tight end Todd Heap could not play due to a pulled right hamstring, which also did not escape Payton's attention.

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"I think with the injury that the Ravens had with Heap, I think it's allowed them to have the opportunity to still have some of their core stuff that they want to do in place," Payton said.

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