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Week 6 Key Matchups: Texans vs Ravens

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The Baltimore Ravens face the Houston Texans this week and the teams seem to be on different paths.  The Ravens are coming off a bye week and two straight victories, while the Texans are banged up— missing super stars Andre Johnson and Mario Williams.  Here are the Key Match-ups.

Former Raven Derrick Mason catches a pass for the Ravens, now with the Texans

Ravens Defensive Line vs Texans Offensive Line

The Texans have one of the best O-lines in the NFL.  They can effectively run the ball and protect the passer.  The Ravens have an outstanding defensive line led by Haloti Ngata.  It should be a classic matchup.  Strength vs strength.

Texans vs Injury Problems/Self

The Texans are missing All-Pro receiver Andre Johnson because of a hamstring injury, to name one.  The Texans depth will be tested against the Ravens.  They also need to learn how to win big games.  They blew the game on the last play last week against the Oakland Raiders.

Ravens Offense vs Texans Defense

Another classic match up.  The Texans have a strong defense, but without Mario Williams it will be interesting to see how much drop off there is.  The Oakland Raiders and the New Orleans Saints are the only teams to score 20 points or more on the Texans.