Tips For Betting On Ravens Texans – Injured Ravens Steamrolled by Texans
Baltimore Ravens @ Houston Texans – Sunday October 21, 2012 1:00PM EST
The Baltimore Ravens knew that this game against the Houston Texans was going to be a challenge when the season started. But the betting websites see the Ravens in a real hole now that veteran linebacker Ray Lewis and cornerback Ladarius Webb are lost for the season. In a game where the Ravens were going to need all hands on deck, the problem now focuses to how the Ravens will be able to stop the Houston offense with two of the key Baltimore defenders gone for the season. It will not be easy, but it is something that the Ravens will have to work on as the game draws closer.
As for the Texans, things could not be better. Many of the NFL betting experts consider the Texans to be the best team in the AFC and there are high expectations that the Texans will be the AFC representative in the Super Bowl. It is extremely difficult to find a weakness in the Houston game. About the only thing that can be singled out is the season-ending injury to linebacker Brian Cushing. Cushing was rapidly becoming a superstar in the middle of the Houston defense and his loss will be felt. But the Texans have the depth to make up for Cushing’s loss, and defensive coordinator Wade Philips has been able to compensate for major injuries in his defense in the past.
Why the Ravens Will Win
With Cushing gone, there will be a weakness in the middle of the Houston defense that the Ravens should be able to exploit with running back Ray Rice. The sports betting experts see this as one of the most obvious weaknesses to an otherwise very strong Houston team. The Houston secondary is fast and aggressive, which is something that quarterback Joe Flacco may be able to exploit. But the Ravens are going to have to work to keep its offense on the field and the Houston offense on the sidelines. With the injuries to the Baltimore defense, the less time Matt Schaub and his offense spend on the field the better that is for Baltimore.
Why the Texans Will Win
The Texans had an edge going into this game before the two major injuries to the Baltimore defense. With the middle of the Baltimore defense open with the loss of Ray Lewis and the secondary missing Webb, the Texans may have free reign of the field in this game. This could be a very lopsided affair.
The Bottom Line
This game will be billed as a battle between two AFC heavyweights, but the Ravens come in at a distinct disadvantage. With key players out of the Ravens’ defensive lineup due to injury, this could wind up being a game that Baltimore dreads rather than a challenge that Baltimore would accept.Pick: Houston Texans