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Mike Preston's key matchups for Ravens at Texans

.@MikePrestonSun breaks down three keys matchups in the Ravens' game vs. the Houston Texans.

Texans RB Arian Foster vs. Ravens ILBs Daryl Smith and C.J. Mosley: The Texans will give the Ravens a healthy dose of Foster, who has rushed 230 times this season for 1,127 yards. Foster is averaging 4.9 yards a carry, and runs with speed and power. The Ravens have one of the best run defenses in the league, allowing just 84.3 yards per game. Mosley, a rookie, leads the team in tackles with 120, and Smith has 108. The Ravens must control the action up front for Mosley and Smith to be effective. Edge: Even

Texans DE J.J. Watt vs. Ravens OTs Eugene Monroe and Rick Wagner: Watt might be the best player in the NFL. He has 64 tackles and 16.5 sacks. He has a good vertical leap and knocks down a lot of passes. Watt could line up anywhere on the line of scrimmage, but Houston prefers to use his speed on the outside against the tackles. Watt is too fast for Wagner and too strong for Monroe. Whether Watt plays the left side or the right, the Ravens will have to give Wagner and Monroe help. Edge: Texans

Texans ILBs Brian Cushing and Akeem Dent vs. Ravens Gs Kelechi Osemele and Marshal Yanda: Cushing and Dent are physical and move well. Cushing is underrated and always near the ball. He leads Houston in tackles with 69, and Dent has 32. Yanda has been dominant this season and gets into the second level fast. Osemele has been consistent but struggles sometimes in short-yardage situations. When he gets into a body, few linemen finish defenders better than Osemele does. Edge: Ravens

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