December 24, 2011
The Ravens held the Texans to 200 passing yards in the October meeting, but it's hard to take much away from that considering that Houston's top quarterback, Matt Schaub, played in that game and his top target, wide receiver Andre Johnson, didn't. Johnson is back, and slowing him — a task that most likely will be assigned to Ravens top cornerback Lardarius Webb — is the team's No. 2 priority behind containing Foster. Rookie T.J. Yates, a fifth-round pick last April, will start at quarterback for Houston after Schaub and Matt Leinart sustained season-ending injuries. Yates threw for 949 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions in six regular-season games, then completed 11 of 20 passes for 159 yards and a touchdown in the Texans' playoff-opening win. With wide receivers Johnson, Kevin Walter and Jacoby Jones and tight ends Owen Daniels and Joel Dreessen, Yates has plenty of weapons at his disposal. But the Ravens are hoping to rattle the rookie with a pass rush that accounted for 48 sacks during the regular season, 14 of them by AFC leader Terrell Suggs (above). The Ravens are also hoping that the crowd noise affects Yates and prevents him from calling out blitzes and communicating with his offense.