Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 1/12/12
The Texans face off against the Ravens this Sunday in their second playoff game, let's take a look at three keys to a Texans Victory!

Andre Johnson
When the Ravens and Texans faced off in week six, Andre Johnson was out with a hamstring injury, and Matt Schaub was still under center.  When Schaub was knocked out for the season and Leinart two weeks later, TJ Yates took the reins and rattled off a couple of wins thanks in part to a strong showing by the defense. Now teams have plenty of tape on the rookie Yates, but Yates finally has a fully healthy Andre Johnson, and Johnson will need to come up strong for the Texans to emerge victorious.  The Ravens Defense has been very good against the pass, but Johnson isn't your everyday average receiver when healthy.  If Yates and the Texans can take a page from the Lions last week and feed the ball to their star receiver early and often it should give them the best chance for success against the Ravens Defense.

Arian Foster
Arian Foster had a huge impact in the Texan's Playoff victory against the Bengals last week with 182 total yards and two touchdowns, and he will have to have another huge game for the Texans to knock of the Ravens at home on Sunday.  Back in week six, the Ravens held Foster to 49 yards rushing and 52 yards receiving, but most importantly, they kept him out of the end zone.  Foster will have to have a big game on Sunday to keep the pressure off of TJ Yates and keep the clock moving for the Texans. The Ravens defense will certainly be working with Vonta Leech, the FB that they signed away from the Texans as a free agent in the offseason to gain any advantage they can against Foster.

Brian Cushing
Brian Cushing has been one of many standouts for the Texans this season, but he will have to have a huge game on Sunday if the Texans are to advance to the AFC Championship Round. The Ravens will rely on a heavy dose of Ray Rice both as a rusher and a pass catcher, and it will be up to Cushing to provide the spark to stop him.  The Texans Defense took a hit for a couple of weeks when Coordinator Wade Phillips was out on medical leave, but they seemed to be back in the saddle last week against the Bengals.  This week the Texans Defense will have a tougher test against the Ravens, and if Cushing can get to Flacco and the Ravens the Texans have a real shot at advancing.
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