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Texans picked to beat Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens have been ravaged by injuries, but will be fighting for the top seed in the AFC this week when they visit the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium this Sunday.

Baltimore lost two key defensive stars, LB Ray Lewis and CB Lardarius Webb, to season-ending injuries last week.

Baltimore is a perfect 6-0 SU and 4-2 ATS all-time against the Houston Texans. Houston is 9-4 SU and 10-3 ATS in its last 13 games at home.

View Baltimore vs Houston Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening line for this matchup, the Texans sat as 4-point favorites at shops such as 5Dimes. The total, meanwhile, has been pegged by the oddsmakers at BetOnline at 47.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The OddsShark Power Rankings have the Texans at No. 3 and the Ravens at No. 19 heading into this contest. Handicapping models project a 33-31 result in favor of the Texans.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Houston's No. 5-ranked offense (28.8 PPG) against a Ravens defense that ranks No. 11 at 19.7 PPG. The Texans passing attack has averaged 229.2 yards per game, less than the Ravens give up through the air (260.2 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Ravens feature the league's No. 31-rated road run defense, allowing 171.5 yards per game. Houston, meanwhile, ranks No. 21 in rushing offense at home.

Baltimore was a 31-29 winner in its last match at home against the Cowboys. They failed to cover the 3-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 60 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Dallas couldn't keep Ray Rice out of the end zone in their last game and it cost them a 31-29 loss against the Ravens.

Houston lost its last outing, a 42-24 result against the Packers on October 14. The Texans failed to cover in that game as a 3.5-point favorite, while the 66 combined points took the game OVER the total. In their latest action on Sunday at Stadum, Arian Foster rumbled through the Green Bay defense for 2 TDs in a losing cause as Green Bay won 42-24.

Baltimore Ravens Trends:
When playing in October are 8-2
When playing on grass are 5-5
After being outgained are 8-2
When playing outside the division are 6-4

Houston Texans Trends:
When playing in October are 6-4
When playing on grass are 7-3
After being outgained are 6-4
When playing outside the division are 7-3

A few Ravens at Texans trends to consider:
Baltimore is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Houston
Baltimore is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Baltimore is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Houston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games at home
Houston is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Houston's last 12 games at home

Next up:
Baltimore at Cleveland, Sunday, November 4
Houston home to Buffalo, Sunday, November 4