Texans vs. Ravens: Which RB Will Lead Its Team to Victory, Arian Foster or Ray Rice?
Both teams are built the exact same way. This AFC Divisional matchup is going to come down to which team can get the most value out of their running game.
Both teams are built to stop you with their smash mouth defense, and control the game with their rushing attack. They really don't look for both quarterback's to do too much, but manage the game.
Houston's passing attack ranked 18th while Baltimore's ranked 19th. Their rushing attacks both ranked in the top ten though with Houston having the second most efficient running game, and Baltimore having the tenth.
Houston will use Arian Foster a ton since he rushed for 1,224 yards during the regular season, and followed that up with a 153 yard and two touchdown performance against the league's 10th best rush defense in the Cincinnati Bengals in last week's AFC Wild Card game.
Houston just doesn't want to lean on third sting rookie quarterback TJ Yates to lead this team against such a great defense from the Ravens. Baltimore ranks second against the rush, and fourth against the pass. Look for the Texans to use the same game plan as they did last week.
Baltimore on the other hand will lean on their star back Ray Rice. Rice rushed for 1,394 yards this year, and was arguably the main reason why Baltimore is here right now. Like Houston, Baltimore doesn't want to lean on Joe Flacco who has a 4-3 career playoff record against the league's second best overall defense, and third ranked pass defense.
These two teams played on October 16th, and Baltimore did a great job of slowing Arian Foster. Foster only had 49 yards on 15 carries. Ray Rice on the other hand was held out of the end zone, but he did have 101 yards on 23 carries.
This game is going to come down to the wire, and the team that makes the least amount of mistakes, and can control the clock with their running game will advance to New England next week for the AFC Championship Game.
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