Final

Texans 15

(1-11, 0-6 away)

Ravens 16

(4-8, 4-2 home)

1:00 PM ET, December 4, 2005

 

1 2 3 4 T
HOU 3 3 0 915
BAL 0 7 0 916

Top Performers

Passing: K. Boller (BAL) - 198 YDS

Rushing: D. Williams (HOU) - 29 CAR, 155 YDS

Receiving: M. Clayton (BAL) - 7 REC, 86 YDS

Houston (1-10) at Baltimore (3-8)

Houston (1-10) at Baltimore (3-8) Sunday 1:00 pm EST

BALTIMORE (Ticker) -- Brian Billick and Dom Capers are enduring a nightmare in 2005.

On Sunday, two of the NFL's biggest disappointments meet when the Baltimore Ravens host the Houston Texans.

In his seventh season as Ravens coach, Billick is one loss away from his second losing campaign, the other coming when Baltimore went 7-9 in 2002.

Billick led the Ravens to their only Super Bowl title in the 2000 season, but Baltimore has made the playoffs just once since then. This season, Billick again has watched his offense struggle, which has led to speculation about his job security.

Baltimore, which is in last place in the AFC North, ranks 31st in scoring offense, averaging just 13.2 points.

The Texans' coach since their inception in 2002, Capers has watched his team go backwards this season. After winning four, five and seven games in their first three seasons, the Texans have the NFL's worst record.

Like the Ravens, the Texans also have struggled offensively. Their biggest problem has been protecting quarterback David Carr, who has been sacked 50 times in 11 games.

Last week, the Ravens and Texans both enjoyed their best offensive outputs of the season. However, each came in losing efforts.

Kyle Boller threw for 211 yards and a season-high three touchdowns in the Ravens' 42-29 loss at Cincinnati.

The Texans squandered a 24-3 halftime lead in last week's 33-27 overtime loss to St. Louis. To make matters worse, Houston allowed the lead to get away against rookie quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who threw for 310 yards and three touchdowns.

Matchup to watch: Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson, who had 12 catches for 159 yards and a touchdown last week, against right cornerback Samari Rolle.

Series: The Ravens won the only meeting between the teams in 2002.

Next week: Cincinnati hosts Cleveland, December 11 Houston visits Tennessee, December 11

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Passing Leaders

HoustonCMP%YDSTDINT
R. Fitzpatrick63.4175797
S. Lechler100.01000
BaltimoreCMP%YDSTDINT
J. Flacco62.02049147

Rushing Leaders

HoustonCARYDSAVGTD
A. Foster1467665.27
A. Blue612213.60
BaltimoreCARYDSAVGTD
J. Forsett1045715.53
L. Taliaferro512264.44

Receiving Leaders

HoustonRECYDSAVGTD
D. Hopkins3656915.83
A. Johnson4655112.01
BaltimoreRECYDSAVGTD
S. Smith4167516.54
T. Smith1830817.14

Team Averages & NFL Ranks

TEAM OFFENSETEAMPER GAME AVERAGE
Total YardsHOU
 
 253
BAL
 
 293
Yards PassingHOU
 
 140
BAL
 
 193
Yards RushingHOU
 
 114
BAL
 
 100
TEAM DEFENSETEAMPER GAME AVERAGE
Yards AllowedHOU
 
 364
BAL
 
 284
Pass Yds AllowedHOU
 
 220
BAL
 
 185
Rush Yds AllowedHOU
 
 144
BAL
 
 99

Head to Head Matchups (Since 2001)

Baltimore leads 2-0
Dec 15, 2002HOU 19, BAL 23