Houston Texans at Baltimore Ravens: Preview and Pick
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In week three of the NFL regular season two teams will take to the field that has yet to show their true identity. The Baltimore Ravens are 1-1 but struggled against a top team in the Denver Broncos and the Houston Texans are 2-0 but needed come from behind wins in both outings. When the Texans travel to Baltimore in week three, the winner will finally show what they are made of.
Houston Texans at Baltimore Ravens Odds
The NFL betting line for this game opened up with the Texans listed as two point road favorites. This line has slightly moved and can now be found at -2.5 at several reputable online sportsbooks. This could be due to the public betting on the Texans as the consensus wagering shows that 68 percent of the early bets coming in are on the Texans. The line will not likely move much but a look at the injury list for the upcoming week could change all that as both teams are suffering from injuries.
The Ravens beat the lowly Cleveland Browns in week two of the NFL, but they struggled on offense. Joe Flacco was 0-for-5 on passes thrown more than 20 yards downfield against the Browns and is now 2-for-13 on such throws this season. During the Ravens' Super Bowl run, Flacco completed 13-of-26 passes of such length with four touchdowns and zero interceptions. Flacco will have to play better when he goes up against the Houston defense and JJ Watt. It will help the Ravens if they can get healthy with Ray Rice in the lineup.
Despite numerous errors, the Texans responded with an overtime win against the Titans n week two. The Texans are the first team since the merger in 1970 to win each of their first 2 games of a season on the final play of the game. The Texans will need a healthy Andre Johnson in the lineup if they want to be able to beat the Ravens. The Texans need to play ahead in this game or they may not have a chance to come back.
The NFL betting trends favor the Ravens in this contest. The Ravens are 6-1 straight up in the last seven games against the Ravens are 19-2 straight up in the last 21 games at home for this team. Houston is however 15-5 straight up in the last 20 games and 7-3 straight up in the last ten games at home.
Houston Texans at Baltimore Ravens Pick
With plenty of time to go before the start of the regular season, I will wait to release my pick on this game until we get closer to game day.