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NFL Week 6: Houston Texans Vs Baltimore Ravens

The road gets no easier for the injury-plagued Texans, who have to travel to Baltimore this weekend.

HOUSTON - OCTOBER 09:  Running back Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans makes a catch in the flat against the Oakland Raiders at Reliant Stadium on October 9, 2011 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON - OCTOBER 09: Running back Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans makes a catch in the flat against the Oakland Raiders at Reliant Stadium on October 9, 2011 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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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. 

For more information on the Ravens, check out Baltimore Beat Down, and for the latest on the Texans, check out the Battle Red Blog

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