Texans vs. Ravens: Arian Foster Carrying Houston on His Back, Rushes for 95 Yards in First Half
The scoreboard may say Baltimore is winning 17-13 at half, but the Houston Texans have outplayed the AFC North champions for most of this game.
Baltimore has scored 14 of their 17 points off of Houston turnovers which resulted in short field positions for the Ravens. Now, that Houston has slowed the game down and stopped turning it over, the Texans have scored 10 straight points capped by a 1-yard touchdown run by Arian Foster to make the score 17-13 at the half.
Foster has been the main guy leading this recent charge.
After being limited to only 49 yards on 15 carries in the October 16th game this season against the Ravens, Foster already has 95 yards on 15 carries and a touchdown today. He had 57 of those on the last Texans drive to make the game back to a one possession game. The 28-yard rush on a first down in the series was the longest rush allowed by the Ravens defense all season.
The success on offense has been contagious for the Texans defense. They've held the Ravens to four punts in which three have been three-in-outs.
You may also look at the stats and see Joe Flacco has two touchdown passes, but he's only had three other completions throughout the whole half. Flacco was only 5 for 14 for 80 yards in the half.
The other thing that has hurt the Ravens is the lack of the running game today. Ray Rice only has 25 yards on seven carries, and Ricky Williams has 19 yards on four carries.
The lack of the running game has hurt Flacco as the Texans aren't biting on play actions and just pinning their ears back and blitzing the young Ravens quarterback.
If the Texans continue to control the game on the ground and stop turning the ball over, then I expect Houston could make an appearance in the AFC Championship Game next week.
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