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15 Sep 2020, 19:02 GMT+10

Drew Dougherty

For the second straight week, the Texans face a mighty opponent.

The Ravens visit NRG Stadium for the first time since 2014, and it's a squad that's won 15 of it's last 17 regular season games.

After an NFL-best 14 wins in 2019, Baltimore kicked off 2020 with a 38-6 pummeling of the Browns on Sunday. The Ravens jumped out to a 10-zip lead in the first quarter, allowed a Baker Mayfield-to-David Njoku touchdown pass, and then scored 28 unanswered points in cruising to victory.

The struggles in Kansas City are in the rearview mirror, and the Ravens are on tap this Sunday at 3:25 p.m. CT.

A high-octane offense must be countered with the "D" word from the defense: discipline.

"We're going to really have to play a disciplined game," head coach Bill O'Brien said. "We weren't disciplined enough on defense on Thursday night. We have to be more disciplined, and play a more disciplined game."

On the offensive side of the ball, receiver Brandin Cooks said discipline will be paramount going against a talented Baltimore secondary.

"Those guys are playing at a high level," Cooks said. "You're talking about guys that are disciplined, play great team ball on that side of the ball, so we understand that we have to be disciplined as well, going against a secondary like that."

Running back David Johnson described one of the things the Ravens' front-seven does best.

"The difficult thing with Baltimore is they have so many different exotic fronts, and so many different blitzes," Johnson said. "That's what makes it tough to block against those guys. As long as we can figure out that, while we're scouting against them, I think we'll do alright in the run game."

The Ravens allowed the Browns 5.1 yards per carry Sunday. They sacked Baker Mayfield twice, and picked off one of his passes.

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