NFL Football

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Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Houston 7 3 3 3 16
Baltimore 0 17 0 6 23
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5:30 PM PT6:30 PM MT7:30 PM CT8:30 PM ET1:30 GMT9:30 6:30 PM MST8:30 PM EST7:30 PM CT5:30 UAE (+1)20:30 ETNaN:� , November 27, 2017
M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland  Weather: 50°, Clear  Attendance: 70,357

Ravens look to strengthen playoff position vs. Texans

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Houston Texans at Baltimore Ravens

  1. Houston beat Arizona, 31-21, at NRG Stadium last Sunday, snapping its three-game losing streak, and scoring 30 or more points for the sixth time of the season -- tied with the Rams and Eagles for most in football. The Texans are just 1-3 on the road in 2017.
  2. Baltimore blanked Green Bay, 23-0, at Lambeau Field in Week 11, recording its third shutout of the season -- tied for most by any team in a single season since the Ravens had a franchise-record four whitewashes in 2000. The Ravens have 13 shutouts all-time -- most of any team since they joined the league in 1996.
  3. The Texans beat the Ravens, 25-13, the last time these clubs' met in 2014 (at NRG Stadium). Baltimore holds a 6-2 advantage in this series all-time, including a mark of 3-0 at M&T Bank Stadium.
  4. D'Onta Foreman ran for 65 yards and two scores last Sunday, reaching paydirt for the first time in his NFL career. Foreman is the first Houston player with multiple rushing TD in the same game since Arian Foster had two against Tennessee in 2014 (Week 8).
  5. Alex Collins ran the ball a career-high 20 times for 49 yards and a touchdown in Week 11, scoring his first TD as a Raven in the process (had one rush TD last season for Seattle). Collins is the fourth Raven to record a rushing touchdown in 2017, led by Terrance West who has two.
  6. Houston has turned the ball over 19 times in 2017 -- third most in the NFL. Baltimore has a league-high tying 23 takeaways this season (tied with Jacksonville).
Team Comparison

Houston
 
Baltimore
26.7 Points 21.3
243.1 Pass Yds 180.6
128.5 Rush Yds 114.6
14 Takeaways 23

The Baltimore Ravens thrive under the bright lights and they can strengthen their position in the AFC playoff race with a victory over the Houston Texans on Monday night at M&T Bank Stadium.

Since coach John Harbaugh took over the team in 2008, Baltimore has gone 11-1 in night games -- the best mark in the NFL. The Ravens (5-5) have also won nine consecutive prime-time matchups, also the longest streak in the NFL.

"It is historic," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said about playing Monday night. "Growing up, I think we all watched Monday Night Football. It was always exciting. It was a big part of the week. We are looking forward to it."

The Texans (4-6) are trying to stay afloat without starting quarterback Deshaun Watson, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in practice earlier this month. As a result, backup Tom Savage will get his fifth start of the season against a Ravens' secondary that leads the NFL with 16 interceptions.

"I think one of the main emphases -- and it really is a point of emphasis every week -- is ball security," Texans coach Bill O'Brien said.

"That is something that against the Ravens, you better make sure you take care of the football. Whoever is carrying the ball, obviously throwing the ball, everything (is important). That is one of the biggest stats in our game today -- that turnover-takeaway ratio. We have to do a great job in that area."

Baltimore, which holds the sixth and final playoff spot in the AFC, has not played at M&T Bank Stadium since a 44-0 victory over the Miami Dolphins on Oct. 26. Now, the Ravens have a chance to win consecutive games for the first time since the opening two weeks of the season and go a game above .500 since Week 5.

It's also Baltimore's first Monday night home game since the 2012 regular-season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals.

"We've got to keep getting these wins," linebacker Terrell Suggs said.

"If we win six out of these next seven, we have a good chance of getting in. I don't care if we give up 19 points, 35 points; as long as we are winning games, we will take that. We've had shutouts and then we've come back after games and not played so well."

The Ravens face a backup quarterback for the second consecutive game. Last Sunday against the Packers, Baltimore kept the pressure on quarterback Brett Hundley, who threw three interceptions. The Ravens will have the same game plan against Savage.

Baltimore leads the NFL with 16 interceptions.

Savage lost his first two starts when Watson went down with the injury. However, he was better last week against the Arizona Cardinals, going 22 of 32 for 230 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in a 31-21 victory.

O'Brien is confident that Savage is making strides.

"I think he is getting better. I think the game on Sunday is probably the best game he has played since he has been playing for us," O'Brien said.

"He does not have a ton of experience, so every game that he plays, it is really important for him to remember the things that went on during that game, so he can really use that experience to get better every single day and every game. I thought he did a good job of having a short memory on Sunday, and he really made some big plays for us to help us win the game."

The Ravens hope to have left tackle Ronnie Stanley back in the lineup from a concussion. The offensive line struggled to protect Joe Flacco last week against the Packers. As a result, Flacco resorted to mostly check-downs because of the constant pressure. Stanley remained in the concussion protocol this week.

Houston is ranked 26th against the pass, so Flacco will take some shots downfield, despite having the league's 32nd-ranked passing offense.

"I think this offense, as a whole, we've been a little frustrated this year," Flacco said. "So, I think that goes for everybody. We haven't played as well as we wanted to, and that leads to a little bit of frustration. But, we're working through that as quickly as possible."

Updated November 23, 2017

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