Still reeling from injuries to Andre Johnson and Mario Williams and a tough 25-20 loss to the Oakland Raiders that saw a potentially game-winning touchdown pass intercepted in the end-zone, the Houston Texans travel to Baltimore this weekend in a match-up of AFC divisional leaders.
The Ravens, coming off a bye week, are as strong as ever, with a 3-1 record and a +62 point differential, third best in the NFL.
It will be match-up of strength on strength upfront. Baltimore, led by the ageless Ray Lewis at MLB, has the league's second-ranked rush defense, while the newly healthy Arian Foster headlines a Houston rushing attack ranked fifth in the NFL.
Without Andre Johnson to stretch the field, Matt Schaub will need to be extremely careful against a ball-hawking Baltimore secondary, who returned three turnovers from New York Jets QB Mark Sanchez for touchdowns in the Ravens 34-17 victory two weeks ago.
Defensively, the Texans will need to focus on stopping Baltimore's rushing tandem of Ray Rice and Ricky Williams, who has eked out a productive career in between stops at the local ashram. Both average over 4.5 yards a carry, taking pressure off of Joe Flacco, who is only completing 49.5% of his passes in his fourth season in the league.
The game will be carried nationally by CBS at 3:05 Sunday.