Date/Time: September 22nd, 1:00 PM ET
Spread: Texans -1.5
LB Ray Lewis will be inducted into the Ring of Honor on Sunday in what should be an emotional NFL betting battle between the Houston Texans and the Baltimore Ravens.
The argument could be made that the Texans have been the grittiest team in the league this year, but the argument could also be made that they are the luckiest team in the league as well. Houston fell behind by 21 to the San Diego Chargers and eight to the Tennessee Titans, and in both cases, the team was able to come back and win. The luck? San Diego coughed up what would have been a stop with a dumb personal foul on what led to be a touchdown drive that helped it blow its big lead two Mondays ago. QB Matt Schaub also got a couple teardrop throws that were luckily caught near the goal line that set up both the game-tying and game-winning touchdowns on Sunday against Tennessee. However, you can’t take anything away from the grit and the tenacity of this team. Even though the club looked down and out in both games, Schaub led the troops back, and now he has a new weapon in WR DeAndre Hopkins to work with. The question marks this week though, are there for WR Andre Johnson and S Ed Reed. Johnson suffered a concussion last week, while Reed, a former Raven, has a hip injury that has cost him the first two games of the season.
Baltimore could be construed as a lucky team as well. Had the team played a better opponent than the Cleveland Browns in Week 2, it would probably be an 0-2 team both SU and ATS, and it would be a team that would be scrambling just to stay in the thick of the playoff fight this year. QB Joe Flacco has gotten paid his money, but he only has three TDs and two picks on the season, and he is averaging just 6.0 yards per pass attempt. Baltimore also has some real problems on the ground right now. RB Ray Rice hurt his hip last week, but between he and RB Bernard Pierce, there are only 151 yards on 53 carries with two TDs, and that definitively isn’t going to cut it going against LB Brian Cushing, DE JJ Watt, and the rest of this potent front seven for the Texans.
We think that the time might be here for a disaster for the Ravens of epic proportions. It wasn’t a mistake that last season, Baltimore was beaten by 30 at Reliant Stadium. This one won’t be that far apart, but there’s a reason that the oddsmakers have lined the Texans as favorites on the road against the defending Super Bowl champs.
Houston Texans @ Baltimore Ravens Pick: Houston Texans -1.5
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