2. The Ravens run game will show off:
The Ravens average 197.2 rushing yards per game. When they did what they did to the New England Patriots it really showed that the Ravens could play their game against anybody. The Texans may have the third best run defense in the NFL, yet the Ravens aren’t going to deviate from their game plan. They will want to use the passing game to loosen up the rushing lanes (which only feeds into my first prediction) but they will never plan on straying away from the run game. This game will prove that they are a historically good team when it comes to running the football.
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The Texans defense haven’t seen a team like the Ravens because there is no team like the Ravens. Being able to stop the run against the rest of the NFL doesn’t mean that you can stop the run against Baltimore. The closest a team got to stopping the Ravens run game was when the Ravens played the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers still gave up 138 yards on the ground with Jackson picking up 70 of those yards himself. As long as Jackson is the quarterback the Ravens will always be able to get the yards they need on the ground.
It won’t be the Ravens best rushing game of the season however I still think they have at least 170 yards on the ground. It’s just what they do. Pat Ricard and Nick Boyle are two of the best lead blockers in football. Mark Ingram, Gus Edwards and even Justice Hill provide three viable options for the backfield. It has nothing to do with the Texans. It’s just what the Ravens do. They run the ball and they do it better than any team in the NFL. The run game isn’t going to be completely stopped by any team. Slowing the Ravens production on the ground even a little bit will still get the Texans gashed on the ground.