Ravens’ Secondary will Have Hands Full with Texans’ Andre Johnson


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Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson has flown under the radar in the NFL because of the Texans’ lack of success and non-postseason appearances in the receiver’s first nine seasons.

At 6-foot-3, 218 pounds, Johnson a five-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro — has all the physical ability, as well as relative durability. In 2007, Johnson missed seven games due to a knee injury and and he also missed nine games this year due to a nagging hamstring injury.

During the John Harbaugh era, Johnson’s 140 receiving yards in last year’s Monday-night overtime thriller at Reliant Stadium are the third-highest single-game total any receiver has gained against the Ravens, topped only by former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Sidney Rice (170) and Cincinnati’s Jerome Simpson (152).

In three career games against Baltimore, the 31-year-old has 20 receptions for 276 yards with two touchdowns, which both came in last year’s contest. When T.J. Yates starts this Sunday, it will mark the fourth different starting quarterback Johnson has played with in four career games against the Ravens. The three others were: David Carr, Sage Rosenfels and Matt Schaub.

For the Texans to have a chance Sunday, Johnson must have a stellar performance, similar to what he did in last Saturday’s wild-card game against the Cincinnati Bengals when he had five catches for 90 yards and a touchdown.