The Texans are licking their wounds this week after a pounding from the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football. The team appeared guilty of reading its own press clippings a bit too much, and the reality check could serve as a positive going forward.
Baltimore squeaked past the Dallas Cowboys at home last week, but suffered a few serious blows off the field. The face of Baltimore's franchise, Ray Lewis, will miss the rest of the season, as will Pro Bowl cornerback Lardarius Webb.
The injuries to these two will be felt by the Ravens' defense, and it doesn't help having to go on the road to face the Texans.
The Texans are dealing with injuries of their own, as the team is still reeling from the loss of Brian Cushing.
Houston's magical season took an ugly turn last week, but there are reasons to believe it can fix its issues.
Here are five keys to the Texans getting back on track this week against Baltimore.