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Ravens Must Not Take Texans Lightly

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Many Baltimore Ravens fans probably don’t mind seeing the Houston Texans come to M&T Bank Stadium for this Sunday’s divisional-round playoff game.

Houston is down to a third-string rookie quarterback in T.J. Yates, who has a separated non-throwing shoulder.

The Texans, who earned their first ever AFC South championship and playoff berth this season, have already accomplished more than what most expected coming into the season. So a loss Sunday, and they can say they still had a great year, as opposed to the Ravens, who are fighting for more.

The Ravens opened up Monday as 7 1/2 point favorites.

In week six, the Ravens defeated the Texans, 29-14. Without a doubt, the Ravens are the better team.

However, it won’t be ideal for the Ravens to dismiss the Texans as a longshot with no chance on Sunday.

Houston has battled key injuries all-year long, including the loss of their best defensive player, outside linebacker Mario Williams, to a season-ending injury in October. Then they lost their starting quarterback, Matt Schaub, as well as his backup, Matt Leinart. Their No. 1 wide receiver, Andre Johnson, has missed nine games due to a hamstring injury.

Despite it all, the Texans have weathered the storm, winning just enough games to capture the AFC South title, and then winning a playoff game last Saturday at home against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Of the eight teams remaining in the playoffs, Houston has overcome more devastating injuries than any other team, which suggests they won’t go down without a fight.