Ravens vs. Texans: Your Complete Game Preview

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Ravens vs. Texans: Your Complete Game Preview

Basic Info

  • Kickoff: Saturday, 4:30 p.m. at M&T Bank Stadium
  • TV: WMAR Channel 2 (Baltimore), WUSA Channel 9 (Washington), nationally on ESPN, ABC, and more
  • Radio: WBAL 1090 AM & 98 Rock 97.9 FM, Sirius XM Chs. 82 or 226

Historical Overview

  • Ravens lead the series 11-2, including a 1-0 postseason advantage
  • Ravens are undefeated (7-0) at home against Houston
  • Week 1 rematch: Ravens won 25-9, Lamar Jackson’s performance and Roquan Smith’s 16 tackles stood out

Stakes

  • Ravens aim for AFC Championship for the first time since 2012
  • Potential historic moment for Texans’ Head Coach DeMeco Ryans and rookie QB C.J. Stroud

Key Storylines

1. Lamar Jackson’s Postseason Performance:

  • Can Jackson carry his MVP form into the playoffs and improve his 1-3 postseason record?
  • Opportunity for Jackson to elevate the team and his legacy with a strong playoff run.

2. Ravens’ Post-Bye Sharpness:

  • After a well-earned bye, how quickly can the Ravens find their rhythm in a do-or-die situation?
  • Team’s consistency throughout the season to be tested after the break.

3. Defense vs. Stroud:

  • Ravens’ historically strong defense faces the challenge of containing rookie QB C.J. Stroud.
  • Stroud, the youngest QB to win a playoff game, poses a threat that the Ravens handled in Week 1.

Players to Watch

WR Odell Beckham Jr.:

  • Proven playoff performer adding firepower to the Ravens’ offense.
  • Chemistry with Lamar Jackson could play a crucial role in elevating the team’s performance.

CB Brandon Stephens:

  • With Marlon Humphrey out, Stephens faces a tough assignment against Texans’ Nico Collins.
  • Stephens’ consistency will be key in dealing with the dangerous deep-threat wide receiver.

S Kyle Hamilton:

  • All-Pro safety returning from injury, fully recovered to impact the game.
  • His versatility will be crucial in the defensive game plan against C.J. Stroud.”

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