Ravens Look for 6th Straight Win Against Resilient Texans
Division leaders will clash this Sunday when the Baltimore Ravens host the Houston Texans. Baltimore leads the AFC North at 7-2 SU and 4-5 ATS, while the Texans are tops in the AFC South at 6-3 SU and 5-4 ATS. Sunday’s forecast calls for partly cloudy skies over M&T Bank Stadium with temperatures in the mid-40s.
TV: 1 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Ravens -4.5 O/U: 51.5
Offense and special teams have gotten both these clubs to the top of their divisions. Their defense hasn’t been quite as good, especially on Baltimore’s end now that Terrell Suggs plays for Arizona. The Texans have also lost their former Defensive Player of the Year. J.J. Watt went on injured reserve after tearing a chest muscle in Week 8.
Houston will have the rest advantage in this matchup having a bye in Week 10. They hope to have LT Laremy Tunsil back in the fold after he sat out their 26-3 victory over Jacksonville with a shoulder injury. Wide receiver Will Fuller is out against Baltimore with his nagging hamstring injury.
Lamar Jackson is Making History for Ravens
Lamar Jackson is making history and leading the Ravens close to the top of the AFC. Jackson became the second player in NFL history to post a perfect passer rating of 158.3. He completed 15-of-17 passes for 223 yards, three touchdowns, no interceptions. Jackson also added seven carries for 67 rushing yards and a score on the ground in a 49-13 shellacking of the Cincinnati Bengals last week. Ben Roethlisberger accomplished the feat in 2007.
“He’s one of the most exciting players I’ve ever seen,” Bengals coach Zac Taylor told reporters of Jackson, who has 2,036 yards and 15 touchdowns passing and 702 yards and five scores on the ground. “(He’s) dynamic. I’m interested to see what teams do down the road here to stop him, because he certainly is hitting on all cylinders right now.”
The Texans are coming off a bye as they prepare for a three-game stretch against the Ravens, Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots. “I’d love to give you all my thoughts on all the games, but I’ll be honest with you, I’ve been basically immersed in watching the Ravens,” Houston coach Bill O’Brien told reporters. “You’ve watched the Ravens. Have you watched the Ravens on film? There’s a lot to watch, so I haven’t even thought about those other games.”
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The Texans are 6-3 on the season and keep fighting through multiple injuries. Houston has its own MVP candidate at quarterback in Deshaun Watson. He is completing 70.2 percent of his passes with 18 touchdowns and five interceptions. Watson posted a perfect passer rating in a 53-32 win over Atlanta on Oct. 6th. He joins Jackson as the only quarterbacks with at least 15 passing TD’s, five rushing TD’s and a passer rating over 100 (107.1). Watson has weapons on the outside in wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. He leads the team with 68 catches for 665 yards and four touchdowns. They will miss Will Fuller V’s production. He has 34 receptions, 450 yards, and three TDs).
Baltimore is 7-2 on the season and are the hottest team in the NFL. Houston will have to figure out a way to stop Baltimore’s “Heisman” package. It debuted last week against the Bengals and features three former Heisman Trophy winners. Lamar Jackson, quarterback Robert Griffin III and running back Mark Ingram all in the backfield together. “All of us are pretty dangerous with the ball in our hands,” Griffin, who finished off the “Heisman” play with a nine-yard run last week, told reporters. “It worked out, and that’s what I was most excited about. Who knows how we’ll build on this?”
The high-scoring offense has the Ravens one game behind New England (8-1) for the top spot in the AFC. Baltimore owns the head-to-head tiebreaker after taking down the Patriots 37-20 in Week 9.
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NFL Sunday Trends
- Trend Under is 4-1 in Ravens last 5 games as an underdog of 10.5 or greater. Hit % 80.00% (5) O/U 1|4 Push 0 W/L
- Under is 5-1 in Ravens last 6 games as a favorite of 0.5-3.0. 83.30% (6) 1|5 0
- Under is 5-2 in Ravens last 7 games as a home favorite of 0.5-3.0. 71.40% (7) 2|5 0
- Under is 9-4 in Ravens last 13 games as a home underdog. 69.20% (13) 4|9 0
- Trend Over is 4-1 in Texans last 5 games as an underdog of 10.5 or greater. Hit % 80.00% (5) O/U 1|4 Push 0 W/L
- Under is 8-3 in Texans last 11 games as a road underdog of 3.5-10.0. 72.70% (11) 3|8 0
- Over is 8-2 in Texans last 10 games as a road favorite. 80.00% (10) 8|2 0
- Over is 4-1 in Texans last 5 games as a road underdog of 10.5 or greater. 80.00% (5) 4|1 0
Texans vs Ravens Head to Head Meeting Trends
- Trend Under is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings in Baltimore. Hit % 100.00% (5) O/U 0|5 Push 0 W/L
- Under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings. 83.30% (6) 1|5 0
- Texans are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings. 80.00% (5) 0 4|1
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