Rosenfels and Schaub have similar games

OWINGS MILLS -- Houston Texans quarterbacks Matt Schaub and Sage Rosenfels aren't twin brothers or even related, but that doesn't make them any different at how they play football. It's a mirror image as far as Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan is concerned.

"It's identical," Ryan said when asked if the Texans' high-powered offense changes with Schaub sidelined with a sprained medial collateral ligament.

Do the Texans even change a tiny bit with Rosenfels getting the start Sunday at Reliant Stadium against the Ravens' second-ranked defense?

"No, not really," Ryan said.

Statistically, there are definite parallels.

Schaub has completed 67.8 percent of his throws for 1,762 yards, 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions for a 91.0 quarterback rating.

Rosenfels has completed 67.7 percent of his attempts for 470 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions for a 92.8 rating.

The Texans showcase the fourth-ranked offense, averaging 373.8 yards per game and rank fifth in passing offense with a 262.4 average.

"They both seem like pretty poised quarterbacks," Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs said. "I think Rosenfels can start anywhere in this league. I think he's good. He's not really a backup.

"I don't really see any difference in the two. They both look like they could have the job and take the team under their wing."

Rosenfels threw three interceptions for the Miami Dolphins in a 30-23 loss to the Ravens on Jan. 2, 2005, including linebacker Jarret Johnson's only career interception and touchdown on a six-yard return.

"I'd love to do it again," Johnson said. "I got up there and tipped it to myself and took it in. It's been way too long."

INJURY REPORT: Linebacker Bart Scott (chest) and cornerback Samari Rolle (neck surgery) were listed as questionable and were limited in practice for the past three days.

Rolle is expected to play, according to coach John Harbaugh. Scott hasn't missed a game in three years and plans to start.

Tight end Daniel Wilcox missed his second consecutive practice because of illness and a left thigh injury, and is listed as doubtful.

The Ravens upgraded offensive tackle Jared Gaither (neck/knee), running back Willis McGahee (ankle), fullback Le'Ron McClain (ankle), defensive lineman Brandon McKinney (shoulder), running back Ray Rice (chest) and offensive tackle Adam Terry (knee) to full participation in practice Friday, listing all of them as probable on the injury report.

"I made it through the week and everything is good, I'm just a little sore," McGahee said. "I think I will be up for a normal workload, but the way we do backs now we'll rotate and it will be whoever has got the hot hand."

The Texans listed starting defensive tackle Amobi Okoye as doubtful due to an ankle injury and he's not expected to play.

Linebacker DeMeco Ryans (shoulder), wide receiver Kevin Walter (back) and running back Ahman Green (thigh) are probable and took part fully in practice.

With Wilcox iffy for this game, Terry could wind up playing tight end again as well as Edgar Jones behind starter Todd Heap.

"Well, he lines up at the end of the line, so he looks comfortable," Harbaugh said. "He's had some pass-receiving experience, he tells us, so we work on that, too."

IMPRESSED: Harbaugh compared Texans tight end Owen Daniels favorably to NFC East standout tight ends Jason Witten and Chris Cooley. Daniels has caught 43 passes for 528 yards to lead all AFC tight ends.

Daniels set a career-high with 11 receptions for 133 yards last week in a 28-21 win over the Minnesota Vikings.

"He's a heck of a position tight end in the box," Daniels said. "He's got an ability to get open. He's got great body control."

QUICK HITS: Veteran offensive tackle Willie Anderson counts Texans star Mario Williams as one of the top defensive ends he's ever faced. "I rate him as one of the top five guys for my whole career in terms of production, ability, size, speed," Anderson said. "He reminds me of Reggie White, but he's a lot faster and quicker for a man that size. His array of moves is impressive. I rank him right up there with Bruce Smith, Reggie White and Michael Strahan, guys who dominate the league." ... Harbaugh said he isn't concerned about playing four road games in the past five weeks. "No matter where you play, it really doesn't matter," he said. "You've got to play eight on the road and eight at home. What difference does it make what order they come in? And we travel first-class, so let's go play a football game." ... Wide receiver Derrick Mason leads the Ravens with 43 receptions for 557 yards. He has the seventh-most receptions in the NFL with 300 since 2005. Since 2003, he has 491 catches to rank third in the league over that span behind Torry Holt and Chad Johnson. ... Earlier this week, Scott said that Texans rookie running back Steve Slaton "is just dumb enough to think he can run on us." Slaton didn't seem offended, telling Houston reporters: "It's entertaining, but it's going to be that kind of game. You can't let them get into your head." Added Texans offensive tackle Eric Winston: "Shoot, he might be right. We'll see. I'm not going to say we're going to go out there and put up a lot of yards on the ground."


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