Top 5 Rushing Matchups Week 2

Footballguys Staff takes you through the Top 5 Rushing Matchups for Week 2

Top 5 Rushing Matchups Week 2

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BALTIMORE Ravens RUSHING OFFENSE at HOUSTON

The Ravens offense picked up where they left off in 2019 as they amassed 38 points in a blowout victory over the Browns. This rushing offense somewhat struggled to put up the flashy numbers of 2019 though as Lamar Jackson rushed for only 45 yards with Mark Ingram II behind him at 29 yards from 10 carries. The Ravens coaching staff followed through on an offseason statement of taking a rotational approach to the running back position as no single Ravens running back played more than 39 percent of the snaps. Rookie J.K. Dobbins saw most of the goal line work last week in what was a surprising level of usage considering the strong goal-line role Mark Ingram II held last season. If that usage continues, it is great for the rushing offense overall but concerning for Ingram’s fantasy prospects.

The Ravens will draw a favorable matchup against a Texans defense that just gave up 166 rushing yards to the Chiefs, third-most yards allowed from Week 1. Texans linebackers played poorly in Week 1 while their defensive interior showed little promise beyond the few snaps from run-stopper P.J. Hall. J.J. Watt remains a powerful force on this defensive line and will play a key role in keeping tabs on Lamar Jackson, but the Ravens have one of the more talented offensive lines in football despite their less-than-stellar run-blocking performance from Week 1. Houston’s linebacker group was already in question coming into the season after a rough 2019 campaign, and there was little improvement shown from last week to instill confidence in their ability to bounce back this week. Houston allowed over 250 rushing yards and 41 points in a blowout loss to the Ravens in 2019, and the matchup dictates they could be in for much of the same in Week 2.

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