Betting On Texans Ravens – Ravens Look To Take Off Against Texans In AFC Divisional Round
There aren’t many NFL fans that would consider a team that had lost the top two quarterbacks on its depth chart as a legitimate super bowl betting pick, but as the Houston Texans get ready to battle the Baltimore Ravens with a spot in the AFC Championship game on the line, that is exactly what they are. A solid rushing attack and defense have helped catapult the Texans past the Cincinnati Bengals in their first playoff appearance in franchise history, and as the focus turns to another AFC North opponent, fans in Houston are hoping the momentum of their most recent win will help them clinch another.
AFC Divisional PlayoffHouston Texans @ Baltimore Ravens
Sunday January 15, 2011 – 1:00 PM ET
M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland
NFL Sports Betting Line: Baltimore Ravens – 9
While the team’s initial playoff appearance is reason for Texans’ fans to celebrate, those on hand at M&T Bank Stadium have to understand the window is closing for their team to take that final step. The lack of a sufficient offense has kept one of the perennially great veteran defenses from reaching the biggest stage, but the Ravens appear closer than ever to reaching their goal on both sides of the ball.
NFL Betting Preview: Houston Texans
The Texans had no problem scoring 31 points against the Bengals with third-string, rookie quarterback TJ Yates under center. Yates threw for just 159 yards, but that included a touchdown pass to Andre Johnson, and running back Arian Foster ran for 153 yards and two scores. Houston’s defense was even more impressive with three interceptions, as they were constantly able to get pressure on Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton and force turnovers. Turnovers will be the key once again against Baltimore, and how well Yates handles a crazy atmosphere will be crucial.
NFL Betting Preview: Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore’s defense finished second against the run, and fourth against the pass, and you can bet that linebacker Ray Lewis and company will be fired up to get after a rookie quarterback in Yates. Containing Foster will be a key to putting even more pressure on Yates, and the Ravens will have the advantage of playing at home. Baltimore has a star running back of its own in Ray Rice, but Joe Flacco will need to be better overall in the postseason. Flacco actually regressed this year according to the numbers, and it will be interesting to see how he responds when the stakes are the highest.
NFL Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick
The sportsbook line for this game is eight, and while the Texans have gone 0-for-5 all-time against Baltimore, three of those losses were by a margin of six points or fewer. With a solid rushing attack and a defense that is playing excellent football under coordinator Wade Phillips, Houston will at the least keep this one close, with an eye on the upset if the rookie Yates can come through.NFL Betting Pick: Houston Texans