BALTIMORE — The Ravens and Texans are quite content to run against the grain in the pass-happy NFL.
Baltimore relies heavily on RB Ray Rice and its No. 3-ranked defense. Houston relies heavily on RB Arian Foster and its No. 2 defense. Neither team intends to alter that approach when they meet Sunday.
"The objective, first and foremost, is to stop the run," Baltimore DE Cory Redding said. "You can't let (Foster) get going."
On Oct. 6, the Ravens limited Foster to 49 yards on 15 carries in a 29-14 home win. Foster ran for 153 yards and two touchdowns in last week's wild-card win over the Bengals. "We've got to see how the game goes, but I know that we need to stay committed to running the football," Texans coach Gary Kubiak said. "We know it will be a difficult task, but we're preparing to go do it."
Rice ran for 101 yards and caught five passes for 60 yards in the regular-season matchup.
"It's been a pass-friendly league," Rice said. "There wasn't a 2,000-yard rusher this year. There wasn't even an 1,800-yard rusher this year. But if you look at where I put myself in the situation, I gave you (1,300 rushing yards and 700 receiving yards) to put myself at 2,000 yards.
"It might not be 2,000 yards rushing. But me just doing my job this Sunday … I think will be good enough."
Broncos: Veteran LS David Binn signed after Lonie Paxton was ruled out of today's game against the Patriots to deal with an undisclosed family issue. Binn, who turns 40 next month, spent 17 seasons with the Chargers before being cut in the preseason. G Chris Kuper backed up Paxton before breaking his left leg two weeks ago. To make room for Binn, the Broncos waived FB Austin Sylvester, who did not play in Sunday's wild-card game against the Steelers. Also, Eric Decker, who had team highs of 44 catches and 612 yards, was ruled out with a sprained MCL in his left knee. He was hurt Sunday on a hit by Steelers LB James Harrison.
Patriots: Starting S Patrick Chung was added to the injury report. He is questionable with a knee injury that limited him at practice. Chung missed seven games with a foot injury before returning Jan. 1 for the regular-season finale against the Bills. New England listed 12 players as questionable, but all are expected to play: WR Wes Welker, WR Matthew Slater, G Logan Mankins, OT Sebastian Vollmer, G Dan Connolly OT Marcus Cannon, CB Kyle Arrington, S James Ihedigbo, and LB Rob Ninkovich, LB Brandon Spikes, LB Dane Fletcher and LB Tracy White.