Week 11 Preview: Ravens-Texans

Todd Karpovich

Week 11: Houston Texans at Baltimore Ravens

When

Nov. 17, 2019, 1 p.m. at M&T Bank Stadium (71,008)

Spread

Ravens +4

AFC North Standings

1. Ravens (7-2)

2. Steelers (5-4)

3. Browns (3-6)

4. Bengals (0-9)

Series History

Tenth regular-season meeting. The Ravens lead the series, 7-2. Under coach John Harbaugh, the Ravens are 6-2 overall, including 1-0 in the playoffs. Baltimore last played Houston in 2017, winning 23-16 at M&T Bank Stadium. 

By the Numbers

949 – An NFL-high receiving yards by Baltimore’s tight ends this season. Kansas City ranks second with 801 yards. The Ravens’ tight ends have also combined for an NFL-best 83 receptions.

Notable

The Ravens are 9-0 when quarterback Lamar Jackson runs for at least 70 yards in a game. Baltimore is 11-2 when he reaches 60 rushing yards in a game, including 6-1 this season.

Player Spotlight

Cornerback Marcus Peters has returned six interceptions for touchdowns over his career, tied with Hall of Famer Lem Barney for the second most by a player in his first five seasons. Only fellow Hall of Famer Ken Houston had more with nine.

Ravens Game Plan

Offense

This game could turn into a shootout and the Ravens certainly have the weapons to keep pace. Baltimore offensive coordinator Greg Roman has kept opponents off-balance and he will look to do the same against the Texans with a mix of running the ball and taking shots downfield. The Ravens lead the NFL with 197.2 yards per game, but they will face a formidable challenge against the Texans, who are third against the run. Houston's secondary has struggled, which could open up the game for Lamar Jackson to make plays over the top.

Defense

Quarterback DeShaun Watson creates matchup problems for most opponents and the Texans are scoring 26.4 points per game. The running attack is led by Carlos Hyde (704 yards) and he could find some space, especially if Baltimore defensive tackle Michael Pierce is unable to play because of an ankle injury. The Ravens also have to be wary of receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who is capable of getting behind a secondary. 

Prediction

This will be a tough test for both teams with playoff implications. The Texans would replace the Ravens as the No. 2 in the AFC postseason race with a victory. Baltimore is playing its best football and will have the advantage playing in front of its home crowd. Jackson and Watson should be a fun matchup. 

Ravens 28, Texans 24 

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