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Andre Johnson is 'big matchup problem'

Three months ago, the Ravens limited Houston to 220 yards passing and one offensive score. Of course, wide receiver Andre Johnson didn't play because of a hamstring injury.

Andre Johnson

Andre Johnson

#80 WR
Houston Texans

2011 STATS

  • Rec33
  • Yds492
  • TD2
  • Avg14.9
  • Long50
  • YAC133

In Sunday's divisional playoff game, Baltimore has to contend with Johnson, one of the best big-play receivers in the NFL. The last time the Ravens faced Johnson was a year ago when he produced 140 yards receiving and two touchdowns.

“We have to have our eye on him, but he’s a guy that usually makes some plays whether you keep your eye on him or not,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “He presents big matchup problems.”

The Ravens have held their own on pass defense. Baltimore has given up an NFL-low 11 touchdowns through the air (no other team has fewer than 15) and has allowed has allowed 46 passes over 20 yards (which is tied for eighth-fewest in the league).

But the Ravens have had their problems with big receivers like Johnson, who is 6-foot-3, 226 pounds. Baltimore struggled to contain Kenny Britt (nine catches for 135 yards), Larry Fitzgerald (three for 98), Malcom Floyd (five for 96) and Vincent Jackson (three for 84).

“He’s a complete wide receiver,” cornerback Lardarius Webb said of Johnson. “He’s physical, strong, good route-runner, blocker, he’ll go get the ball. He’s a game-changer.”