Ravens-Texans Week 3 Preview

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WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- The Ravens-Texans contest will be one of the more emotionally charged battles during the 2013 season. Surefire Hall of Famer Ed Reed will be making his return to M&T Bank Stadium, and while it's unclear whether he will suit up, his presence alone will stir up some sentimental feelings.

The Texans have played down to their competition to begin the 2013 season, although they still sit at 2-0 with close wins over the Titans and Chargers. The Ravens haven't played up their standards either and sit at 1-1 after topping the Browns last Sunday.

By The Numbers

-In 2012 Houston handed Baltimore it's most lopsided loss of the season -- a 43-13 drubbing

-The Ravens have yet to establish their run game in 2013. They rank 23rd in the league and starter Ray Rice may be hampered with a hip injury.

-Joe Flacco's QB rating is 78.1, which ranks 24th in the league. Texans quarterback Matt Schaub ranks 15th in the NFL with a 92.8.

-Houston is 8th in total offense and has yet to fumble the ball this season.

Key Matchups

Torrey Smith vs. the Texans secondary

Houston is allowing just 156 pass yards per game, and has done a brilliant job of limiting big plays. Torrey Smith has possibly been the Ravens most consistent player. In two games he's amassed 177 yards and is averaging 16.1 yards per catch. Utilizing smith will be a key for the Baltimore offense.

Bernard Pierce vs. the Texans defense

Pierce will likely receive a bulk of the carries with Ray Rice ailing with a hip injury. Pierce is a power back with not a ton of speed. The Ravens would like to establish the run, but if it isn't working early, they may ditch it all together.

DeAndre Hopkins vs. the Ravens secondary

Houston's rookie receiver has opened up eyes across the league. He's 6-foot-1, 220 pounds, flashing speed and strength in his first two games. Last week against the Titans he was targeted a whopping 13 times. With Andre Johnson likely receiving double coverage, Hopkins could be the playmaker which does the Ravens in.

WUSA9 Prediction

Texans 38, Ravens 28

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