Ravens Weekend

November 07, 2008|By Jamison Hensley

THREE THINGS THAT NEED TO GO RIGHT ...

1

Expose another bad run defense. After running over Oakland and Cleveland, the Ravens need to do the same against the Texans. Houston has allowed 12 rushing touchdowns in eight games.

2

Force Sage Rosenfels to repeat his turnover troubles. The Texans backup quarterback has two interceptions and two lost fumbles in six quarters this season. Rosenfels is taking over for injured starter Matt Schaub (knee).

3

Terrell Suggs wins his matchup. The Ravens linebacker faces left tackle Duane Brown, who surrendered two sacks to Vikings defensive end Jared Allen on Sunday. Suggs has been the Ravens' top playmaker on defense, scoring two touchdowns in three games.

... AND THREE THINGS THAT COULD GO WRONG

1

Andre Johnson breaks loose. The Ravens' banged-up secondary has held up, but it has yet to face a receiver like Johnson. He ranks first in the NFL in receiving yards a game (104.3) and second in catches (60).

2

The Ravens' coverage teams stumble again. The Ravens' special teams had one of their worst games Sunday against Cleveland's Joshua Cribbs. It won't get any easier against Houston's Jacoby Jones, who has returned two punts for touchdowns this season.

3

Mario Williams roughs up quarterback Joe Flacco. The Texans defensive end is seventh in the NFL with seven sacks. Three of those have resulted in fumbles.

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