Now that the Baltimore Ravens know that they will be facing the Houston Texans, it is time to break down the matchups and see how the Ravens stack up. While the Ravens will be favorites, there are a lot of positives to the Texans right now.
Who are some players on the Texans that are going to push the Ravens the most?
3. The Baltimore Ravens offensive tackles will be tested
The Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle situation will remain the biggest question for this team as they head into the final games before the Super Bowl. The Ravens have been very cautious with their tackles, who are both trying to get to 100% health. Since the bye week, neither has played a full game. Both will platoon out for a series or two each half.
This has allowed Daniel Faalele to get work at right tackle and Patrick Mekari on the left side. There is a question as to whether this will continue in the playoffs, considering neither Morgan Moses nor Ronnie Stanley has played a full game in over a month.
More than that, this is a tough test to jump right into. They draw a trip of rushers between rookie Will Anderson, Jonathan Greenard, and Derek Barnett, who are all playing good football. Barnett has been great since being added to the Eagles. Greenard leads the group in sacks and just got healthy last week, while Anderson is the former number-two overall pick and likely defensive rookie of the year.
Anderson beat Moses a few times in week one, and Greenard got the better of Ronnie Stanley for a sack as well. These two have been playing better since then, and they added Barnett while the Ravens' tackles have slowly gotten worse. The advantage points to Houston. Can the Ravens tackles step up?