The Houston Texans and Baltimore Ravens will be facing off this Sunday in one of the more intriguing matchups of the season. Attempting to find their seventh win of the season, the Texans will have to find a way against one of the top teams in the AFC.
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh has been impressed with the Texans and especially their offensive line and running game. Averaging 142.8 yards on the ground, which is 4th best in the NFL, the offensive line and running game have caught Harbaugh's attention.
"It's just a big challenge with their offense," Harbaugh said of the Texans. "They run the ball well. They have a heck of a back [in RB Carlos Hyde]. He's breaking tackles and running that wide-zone, stretch-zone play about as well as you can run it, so that's what we'll be facing."
The complete change in the Texans offensive line has paid dividends this season, and Harbaugh discussed the new-look group.
"I think they are playing really well," Harbaugh said of the Texans offensive line. "They are doing great, and they are running the ball at a very high level. They are also protecting the quarterback."
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The offensive tackles in Laremy Tunsil and Tytus Howard and their play have caught the attention of the Ravens coaching staff.
"They got first-round pick a right tackle, you got a top 10 or 12 pick or whatever it was at left tackle," Harbaugh continued. "Did a great job getting him in there. I think their guard, a rookie guard from Northern Illinois, (Max) Scharping, we liked. Big physical guy. Got one of the top centers in the league, Notre Dame guy. You know, one of the most physical right guards and football."
Harbaugh finished, "I just think they have done a great job putting that line together, and they're very well-coached and playing at a high level."
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