NFL Betting Preview: Baltimore Ravens vs. Houston Texans
The Houston Texans (0-1) will try to prove oddsmakers wrong when they play the Baltimore Ravens (1-0) on Sunday, September 20, 2020 as a 7.0-point underdog. The over/under is set at 49.0 for the outing.
Game InfoGame Day: Sunday, September 20, 2020 Game Time: 4:25 PM ET TV Channel: CBS Location: Houston, TX Stadium: NRG Stadium
Ravens Players to WatchLast year, Lamar Jackson racked up 3,127 passing yards (208.5 yards per game) while going 265-for-401 (66.1% completion percentage) and throwing 36 touchdowns and six interceptions in 15 games. He added 1,213 rushing yards on 175 carries with seven touchdowns, averaging 80.9 yards per game. In 2019, Mark Ingram II ran for 1,018 yards on 202 carries (67.9 ypg), with 10 rushing touchdowns over the course of 15 games. He also caught 26 passes for 247 yards (16.5 ypg) and five touchdowns. Last season, Mark Andrews grabbed 64 passes (on 98 targets) for 852 yards (56.8 yards per game) and scored 10 touchdowns in 15 games. Marquise Brown's statline last year showed 46 grabs for 584 yards and seven touchdowns over 14 games. He averaged 41.7 receiving yards per game and was targeted 71 times. Willie Snead IV caught 31 passes on 45 targets for 339 yards and five touchdowns, averaging 21.2 yards per game in 16 contests in 2019. Matthew Judon put together an impressive statline of 9.5 sacks, 13.0 TFL and 52 tackles over 16 games. Chuck Clark collected 67 tackles, 3.0 TFL, one sack, and one interception in 16 games over the course of his 2019 campaign. Marcus Peters intercepted five passes while adding 53 tackles, 1.0 TFL, and 14 passes defended over 16 games a season ago.
Texans Players to WatchLast year, Deshaun Watson put up 3,852 passing yards (256.8 yards per game) while going 333-for-495 (67.3% completion percentage) and throwing 26 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 15 games. He added 413 rushing yards on 82 carries with seven touchdowns, averaging 27.5 yards per game. Duke Johnson Jr. totaled 410 rushing yards on 83 carries (25.6 yards per game), with two touchdowns on the ground over the course of 16 games in 2019. He also caught 44 passes for 410 (25.6 yards per game) and three touchdowns. Randall Cobb reeled in 55 passes for 828 yards last season and scored three touchdowns. He was targeted 83 times and averaged 55.2 yards per game over 15 outings. Will Fuller V also chipped in with 49 grabs for 670 yards and three touchdowns over the course of 11 games last year. He was targeted 71 times and put up 60.9 receiving yards per game. Over 14 games in 2019, Brandin Cooks caught 42 passes on 72 targets for 583 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 41.6 receiving yards per game. Last season, Whitney Mercilus totaled 7.5 sacks, 9.0 TFL, 47 tackles, and two interceptions in 16 games. Zach Cunningham racked up 136 tackles, 7.0 TFL, and two sacks in 16 games over the course of his 2019 campaign.
Ravens vs Texans: Last 5 MeetingsIn the past five meetings, Baltimore holds a 3-2 record against Houston. Houston has scored 20 fewer points than Baltimore in their past five games.
Ravens vs Texans: Last Five Meetings
When the Ravens have the ball...The Ravens put an average of 33.2 points per game on the scoreboard last season, 9.1 more than the 24.1 the Texans surrendered in each contest. When they met or outpaced their scoring average last season, Baltimore was 6-0. Houston was 9-1 last season in games where they allowed fewer than 24.1 points. The total number of yards the Ravens offense put up and the Texans defense gave up per game last season are within 19.3 yards of each other (407.6 to 388.3). Baltimore's record last season when they racked up at least their season average in total yards: 7-1. When the Houston defense allowed less than their season average for total yards last season they were 7-2. The Ravens averaged 206.4 yards per game on the ground last season, 84.9 yards more than the Texans allowed to opposing rushing attacks (121.5). Baltimore was 8-0 last season when they ran for at least their season average. When Houston limited opposing teams to 121.5 rushing yards or fewer they were 7-3 last year. Last season, the Texans forced an average of 1.4 turnovers per game compared to the 0.9 times Ravens turned the football over in each contest. When Baltimore didn't turn the football over last season they were 6-1. Houston was 3-1 last season when they forced at least 1.4 turnovers in a game.
When the Texans have the ball...The Texans averaged 23.6 points per game last year, six more than the Ravens gave up per contest (17.6). Houston went 7-2 overall a season ago when the team recorded at least 23.6 points. Last season, Baltimore had a 6-0 record in games when it held opponents to 33.2 or fewer points. In 2019, the Texans racked up 61.4 more yards per game (362), than the Ravens allowed per matchup (300.6). Baltimore's record last season when they accumulated at least their season average in total yards: 7-1. In games Baltimore held its opponents to 300.6 or fewer yards last year, it recorded an 8-0 record. Last season, the Texans piled up 125.6 rushing yards per game, 32.7 more per game than the Ravens allowed per contest (92.9). Houston had a 6-3 record when the team rushed for at least 125.6 yards last year. Last season, Baltimore finished 8-0 when holding opponents to no more than 92.9 rushing yards. The Texans turned the ball over 1.4 times per game last year, just 0.2 fewer turnovers per game than the 1.6 the Ravens forced on average. In 2019, Houston went 7-2 when it turned the ball over 1.4 times or less. Baltimore put together a 9-0 record when it forced at least 1.6 turnovers last season.
Ravens Fantasy LeadersJackson ended the season as the top fantasy player overall in 2019 with 416.4 fantasy points (27.8 per game). Ingram collected total 216.5 fantasy points last season (14.4 per game), which made him the 32nd-ranked player overall and the eighth-ranked running back. Last year, Andrews' 143.2 total fantasy points made him the No. 74 fantasy player and No. 2 tight end. He averaged 9.5 fantasy points per game. Brown was the 122nd-ranked fantasy player -- and the 45th-ranked wide receiver -- in 2019 with 100.4 fantasy points. He averaged 7.2 fantasy points per game.
Texans Fantasy LeadersWatson's productive 2019 fantasy season earned him the No. 5 spot overall and the No. 4 spot among QBs. He racked up 320.0 fantasy points on the year (21.3 per game). Last year, Johnson finished as the 109th-ranked fantasy player overall and the 35th-ranked running back. He totaled 110.0 fantasy points, averaging 6.9 per game. David Johnson was the No. 37 running back and the No. 113 fantasy player overall with 105.5 total points last season (8.1 per game). Cobb's 2019 fantasy rankings saw him finish as the No. 124 player overall and the No. 47 wide receiver after he scored 99.9 fantasy points (6.7 per game).
Ravens vs Texans Betting Information
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Ravens Betting InsightsBaltimore had a losing 10-3-1 record against the spread last year. Last season, the Ravens covered more games than they didn't when playing as 7.0-point or more favorites, finishing 3-2 ATS in those situations. In 2019, most of Baltimore's games with a betting line -- six out of 14 opportunities -- went over the point total (42.9%).
Ravens Road TrendsBaltimore hit the over four times in eight opportunities on the road last year (50%). Last season, Ravens away games averaged 53.1 points, 4.1 more than this matchup's over/under (49.0). Baltimore finished 6-0-1 against the spread in away games last year, and went 7-1 overall on the road. Last season, the Ravens finished 2-0 ATS on the road when playing as at least a 7.0-point favorite.
Texans Betting InsightsHouston had a losing 6-7-1 record against the spread last year. The Texans went just 0-1 ATS last season when an underdog by at least 7.0 points. Houston's games went under 49.0 points in eight out of 14 opportunities last season (57.1%).
Texans Home TrendsHouston hit the over in just four out of eight home games last year with a point total prop bet (50%). Last season, Texans home games averaged 48.1 points, 0.9 fewer than this contest's over/under (49.0). Houston's record against the spread in home games last year was just 2-5, and its record at home overall was 5-3. The Texans went just 0-1 ATS at home last season when playing as at least a 7.0-point underdog.
Additional InfoThe Ravens had an average total of 50.8 in their matchups last season, 1.8 more points than the over/under for this game. The average over/under for Texans contests last year was 47.7, 1.3 fewer points than this game's total. Last season, Baltimore played in seven games that ended with a point total higher than 49.0 (43.8% of matchups). Houston's games went over 49.0 points seven times last year (43.8% of matchups). The two teams combined to score 56.8 points per game last season, 7.8 more points than the over/under for this matchup. Combined, these teams gave up 41.7 points per contest last year, 7.3 fewer points than the total for this game.
Jimmy Smith: Questionable (Hip),
Justin Madubuike: Out (Knee),
Ronnie Stanley: Questionable (Hip),
Justice Hill: Questionable (Thigh),
Chris Moore: Out (Finger)
Duke Johnson Jr.: Questionable (Ankle),
Peter Kalambayi: Questionable (Hamstring),
Brandin Cooks: Questionable (Quadricep),
Tytus Howard: Questionable (Ankle)
Last Updated on 2020-9-20 2:19 a.m. EDT