Ravens vs. Texans
at Reliant Stadium, 1 p.m. ET, Sunday
The line: Texans -7.
Last week: Ravens (5-1) won at home vs. Dallas Cowboys 31-29; Texans (5-1) lost at home vs. Green Bay Packers 42-24.
Series: Ravens lead 5-0.
Last meeting: Ravens won 20-13 on Jan. 15 in AFC Divisional playoff game in Baltimore.
Burning questions: Can the Ravens defense make a stand and prevent RB Arian Foster from running roughshod? They've given up 200-plus yards in two consecutive games to opposing rushers. And will LB Terrell Suggs, who practiced for the first time this this week after an Achilles tear, have anything to do with it?
Keys to victory on offense: Getting off to a fast start and playing with an early cushion would help for an offense that has failed to score a touchdown in six connective quarters away from home. The Ravens also haven't scored a TD in the first quarter in four consecutive games. With the defense ailing, QB Joe Flacco might have to play his best game of the season and use Ray Rice in heavy doses. But that requires the offensive line keeping LB J.J. Watt out of the backfield.
Keys to victory on defense: CB Jimmy Smith expects to be targeted early and often as he fills in for the injured Lardarius Webb. He's a bigger, more physical in coverage which is good considering the Texans have a big WR in Andre Johnson. Also, the front seven for the Ravens can't continually allow themselves to get blown off the line of scrimmage. If this happens with Foster, all else is irrelevant because they'll have no chance of stopping Houston's attack.
Injury report: RAVENS -- Questionable: LT Bryant McKinnie (thigh), DT Haloti Ngata (knee), DT Ma'ake Kemoeatu (knee), CB Jimmy Smith (abs). Probable: OT Ramon Harewood (head). TEXANS -- Out: DE David Hunter (toe). Questionable: S Quintin Demps (thumb/forearm), CB Johnathan Joseph (groin). Probable: LB Bryan Braman (knee), G Antoine Caldwell (concussion), NT Shaun Cody (back), LB Bradie James (calf), WR Lestar Jean (knee), C Ben Jones (knee), S Shiloh Keo (neck/back/thumb), C Chris Myers (hip), LB Jesse Nading (foot/neck), T Derek Newton (forearm), G Wade Smith (knee), RB Ben Tate (toe).
Prediction: Ravens 17-14.
Ravens vs. Texans