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Monday Night Football Betting Preview: Texans Have Been a Horrible Bet on MNF

The Houston Texans and Baltimore Ravens were expected to be playoff contenders at the start of the year, and both teams are on the bubble ahead of the Week 12 edition of Monday Night Football. A win will be huge in this game while a loss could seriously impact the postseason fate of the squad that falls flat.

Xbet opened the Texans as 7-point road underdogs with a total of 38.

Shark Bites
  • The Ravens are 5-1 ATS in their last six games on Monday.
  • The Texans are 4-12 SU in their last 16 games at night.
  • The Texans are 2-7 SU in their last nine games against the Ravens.

Injuries have ravaged both the Ravens and the Texans in 2017, so this matchup isn’t nearly as attractive as it looked on the schedule a few months ago. Texans rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson was single-handedly captivating the NFL before an ACL injury he suffered in practice before Week 9 ended his season, while the Ravens lost more players to season-ending injuries this fall than any other team in the league.

This is only the ninth time the clubs have collided, with the Ravens going 7-2 SU in that span. Houston did win the most recent meeting, though, as the Texans triumphed 25-13 in 2014. The Ravens have fared poorly vs the AFC South this year, falling 44-7 to Jacksonville and 23-20 vs Tennessee.

Baltimore is coming off its third shutout of the season, a 23-0 victory over the Aaron Rodgers-less Green Bay Packers, while the Texans got their first win since Watson went down with a 31-21 win against the Arizona Cardinals.

Traditionally, Houston has been an awful bet when playing in MNF. In the Texans’ previous 10 Monday games, they’re a brutal 1-9 ATS.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Bettors who were going with the Baltimore Ravens in this one found them listed as 7.5-point favorites on the betting line at Bovada. Fans betting on totals have seen that number set earlier in the week at 38 for Monday.

OddsShark NFL prediction models pointed to a 27-14 result in favor of the Ravens on Monday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NFL matchups here.

Houston Texans vs Baltimore Ravens Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Houston Texans will try to spoil the party on Monday; they are 6-4 against the spread this season, while the Baltimore Ravens are 5-4-1 ATS. Houston is 6-4 on the OVER/UNDER betting totals; Baltimore is 6-4. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Baltimore vs Houston injuries news.

The OddsShark Power Rankings have the Ravens at No. 9 and the Texans at No. 16 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Baltimore's No. 17-ranked offense, averaging 21.3 PPG, against a Texans defense that ranks No. 30 this week at 26.2 PPG. The Ravens aerial game is averaging 165.2 yards per game, less than the Texans secondary allows through the air, 252.8 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Texans feature the league's No. 2-rated road run defense, allowing 69.5 yards per game. The Ravens, meanwhile, rank No. 12 in rushing offense at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Tom Savage threw a pair of TD passes in Houston's last match, defeating Arizona 31-21 in Week 11 action on Sunday.

Baltimore's defense was dominant last game, shutting out Green Bay 23-0 in Week 11 action at Lambeau Field on Sunday.

Betting Trends
  • Houston is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games
  • Houston is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Houston's last 8 games
  • Houston is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Baltimore's last 6 games
  • Baltimore is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games at home
  • Baltimore is 8-14-1 ATS in its last 23 games at home
  • Baltimore is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Houston at Tennessee, Sunday, December 3
Baltimore home to Detroit, Sunday, December 3