Baltimore Ravens v Houston Texans – NFL Betting Preview and Prediction
Baltimore Ravens and Houston Texans are set to clash this Sunday, November 11, at M&T Bank Stadium in what will be a thrilling cross-Division fixture featuring two leaders in their respective divisions and two top teams in the league.
Baltimore Ravens looking to continue their streak
Baltimore Ravens have looked very dominant in recent weeks, earning an impressive five-game winning streak. Looking back they defeated Pittsburgh Steelers (23:26)(OT), Cincinnati Bengals (23:17), Seattle Seahawks (16:30), New England Patriots (37:20) and Cincinnati Bengals (13:49) again last weekend. Much of their success is due to their double-threat quarterbacks and very solid defence which proved their worth, preventing opponents to score over 20 in last four. It’s worth noting however, we still have some doubts about their defence’s strength in the long run as it seems to be very inconsistent. That said, if they can produce anything similar to what we have seen in recent weeks, Ravens will be set for their clash with Houston.
For Ravens, DT Michael Pierce is listed as doubtful, while WR Marquise Brown and WR Chris Moore are both questionable. On a more positive note, S Brynden Trawick is said to return from the injured list.
Houston Texans looking to impress
Houston Texans are currently occupying the top spot in AFC Division, where they sit with a 6-0-3 record and a 4-0-1 in their last five. In regards of their last five fixtures, Houston Texans defeated Atlanta Falcons (53:32) and Kansas City Chiefs (24:31), lost to Indianapolis Colts (30:23) and won their most recent two against Oakland Raiders (27:24) and Jacksonville Jaguars two weeks ago (3:26). Much like Ravens, Texans take advantage of their solid defence dual-threat quarterbacks to put up solid displays and it would be safe to say those two factors contributed to their dominance in AFC South Division.
In regards to team news, R Will Fuller and CB Bradley Roby will both miss the fixture, while S Tashaun Gipson and OT Laremy Tunsil are both listed as questionable. The last time these two sides met was almost two years ago, when Baltimore Ravens won 23:16. Fixture before that, which took place in December 2014 ended in Houston Texans’ win (25:13).
Verdict & Prediction
The total is relatively high, which we can understand, seeing how we have two teams with a very strong offence and defence, which can be hit-or-miss at times. While Both Ravens and Texans’ defence proved their worth in recent fixtures, both defences can be very opportunistic and even a couple of solid displays don’t necessarily mean their defence will hold up in the next bout.
Ravens remain a team which are very run-dominant with Lamar Jackson, which won’t do them any good against Texans, who are very strong in preventing explosive runs. With that in mind, we can expect Ravens to utilize passing, but even here we have some concerns, considering Marquise Brown is still not 100% fit. Texans on the other side have a very strong line of receivers who are expected to do a lot of work, however, with Fuller out of the picture, we expect their secondary to fall flat. All things considered, this one is bound to be a close one and we don’t see any team completely dominating the other. The teams match up well and have the tools to exploit each other’s weaknesses and while we can expect a thrilling fixture, we can’t see this one going over 52 points.
Prediction: Under 52.00 Points
Odds: 1.87 Matchbook