Baltimore Ravens vs Houston Texans: Keys to Victory Week Sixteen

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Aug 28, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Case Keenum (7) throws a pass during the first quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Generate Pressure Consistently on Whoever Plays Quarterback

It seems like we talk about pass rush every week, and we do.  The Ravens’ have done a phenomenal job two weeks in a row now of creating consistent pressure with their front seven, and they must continue to do so if they want to make a playoff run.  It is the only way to mask their deficiencies in the secondary, outside of unearthing talent from the waiver wire (right).

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Whether the Texans decide to roll out Case Keenum or Thad Lewis, the Ravens’ ferocious pass rush is going to create major problems for the Texans offense.  The Texans would obviously love to continue their run heavy ways with the talented Arian Foster, who remains one of the best backs in the NFL when healthy.  But they will have a problem doing that against the Ravens’ 3rd ranked rushing offense that has shut down some of the best this season.

Keenum struggled mightily in the face of pressure while making starts for the Texans last season, and Lewis didn’t fare much better in his stretch as the Bill’s starter.  If the Ravens continue to collapse the pocket as they have the last two weeks while continuing to shut down the run, this game could get ugly fast.

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