3 Baltimore Ravens who need to step up to beat the Houston Texans 

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2. The Baltimore Ravens need more out of Rashod Bateman 

This has not been the best year for wide receiver Rashod Bateman. Bateman has a history of injuries and was slow to recover this year. He also missed some time early in the season. When you add that the Ravens signed Odell Beckham and drafted Zay Flowers, it was easy to see Bateman pushed to the third spot.

Bateman averaged 1.26 yards per route run as a rookie and 2.38 in a limited sample last year. This year, he is down to 1.09 yards per route run. He is not getting the job done. The Ravens are going to need him to step up now that the playoffs are here. 

Zay Flowers is dealing with a calf injury, and the rookie will see brackets. That is because Derek Stingley, one of the hottest cornerbacks in the NFL, will be following Odell Beckham. With that, the weak spot is going to be whoever is defending Bateman.

The Ravens just need three strong games from Bateman, and everyone will think that the draft pick was worth it. Can he turn around that narrative?