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Expect Fireworks as High-Flying Ravens Visit Texans

Baltimore Ravens vs Houston Texans Preview

The Baltimore Ravens and last season’s top scoring offense kept things rolling in 2020 with a Week 1 beatdown of the Cleveland Browns. This week, they take on a Houston Texans team that received a beatdown of its own on opening night. Bettors can count on a high-scoring affair in this one as two of the game’s top quarterbacks take the field.

Baltimore Ravens vs Houston Texans
  • Date/Time: September 20, 4:25 p.m. ET
  • Stadium: NRG Stadium
  • TV Coverage: CBS
  • Opening Odds: Ravens -6 | O/U 54.5 (Line History)
  • Ravens vs Texans Matchup Report

Opening Odds Analysis

The Ravens (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS) opened as -6 favorites and that line has been bet up to -6.5 at many books and up to -7 at others. The total opened at 54.5 – the highest of the week – and has settled at 52.5 early in the week.

Baltimore News & Notes

In Week 11 last season, Lamar Jackson had 222 yards passing, 79 yards rushing and four touchdowns en route to a 41-7 drubbing of the Houston Texans. This week, there is no reason to expect much different from Baltimore and the reigning league MVP as they come off another big offensive performance in Week 1.

Ravens wide receiver Marquise Brown had a big game against Cleveland, posting five receptions for 101 yards. Look for Brown and Jackson to expose a Houston defensive backfield that was flamed by Patrick Mahomes in the season opener.

On the injury front, star left tackle Ronnie Stanley exited Sunday’s game with an ankle injury and did not return. Missing Stanley would be a major blow to the Ravens, but he’s expected to practice on Wednesday.

Houston News & Notes

Unless star defensive lineman J.J. Watt has dropped weight and learned to play corner for Houston, it seems unlikely the Texans will be able to put up much resistance to the Ravens attack.

After an early score in Week 1, the Texans were unable to do much of anything on either side of the ball and watched the Chiefs put up 31 unanswered points before scoring a couple of garbage-time touchdowns late in the fourth quarter. Deshaun Watson is one of the best young quarterbacks in the league, but the team around him is highly questionable outside Watt and a couple others.

Watch for speedy receiver Will Fuller V to be the recipient of this week’s garbage-time production. Fuller led the team with 10 targets in Week 1, converting that into an 8-112-0 line.

Betting Pick: OVER 52.5

Until someone figures out a way to slow down Lamar Jackson’s offense, there is no reason to fade this attack in almost any matchup. Fading them against a bottom-half defense in a likely shootout situation is unthinkable.

Shark Bites
  • The Ravens are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games.
  • The Texans are 4-14 SU in their last 18 games as home underdogs.
  • The OVER is 3-1 in the Ravens’ last 4 September road games.