FBG says: Tough matchup. Texans running back Carlos Hyde had a full extra week to bask in what was one of the top games of his career as he ran for 160 yards on 19 carries against Jacksonville in Week 9. Hyde has been receiving a very steady workload all season long as the lead running back for Houston, averaging 16.6 carries per game with a season average of 4.7 yards per attempt. Duke Johnson has been the clear secondary running back in terms of rushing usage, averaging fewer than six carries per game with just three games in which he has rushed for more than 50 yards--none of which have come within his last four outings. The Texans offensive line certainly needed a bye week as they had both starting tackles banged up leading into Week 10. Right tackle Tytus Howard looked healthy in his Week 9 return, while left tackle Laremy Tunsil missed Week 9 but expects to suit up in this one. Tackle is the strength of what has been an evolving offensive line trending in the right direction prior to these injuries. With all five starters back and rested, this should at least be an average unit.
While the Ravens defense allowed Joe Mixon to run for 114 yards last week, it came on the heels of 30 carries (just 3.8 yards per attempt) and during a blowout Baltimore win in which some of this defense saw some rest. Overall, the Ravens have been very strong against the run for most of the season outside of Week 4 against the Browns. They have allowed just one rushing touchdown to running backs in their last four games and given up the sixth-fewest fantasy points per game to the position over that span--which includes the big game from Mixon last week. They have a solid defensive interior anchored by spectacular play from nose tackle Brandon Williams. Right tackle Michael Pierce has also been having a great season, but he suffered an ankle injury that has him day-to-day coming into Sunday. While the absence of Pierce would be concerning, the Ravens have solid depth behind him. Linebacker Josh Bynes has also been a big reason for this unit's success against the run while this secondary has chipped in well to limit big plays. The Texans offensive line has certainly been improving, but their rushing offense should certainly be at a disadvantage in this one based on how well this Ravens defense has been playing.