Ravens vs Texans: The next round of the NFL playoffs is upon us. Leading things off will be the Baltimore Ravens and Houston Texans in a true David vs Goliath contest. Can the underdog Texans keep the momentum rolling against MVP-Favorite Lamar Jackson?
Ravens vs Texans: NFL Divisonal Round Game Info
Date: Saturday, January 20th
Time: 4:30 PM ET
Location: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore
TV channel: ABC
Ravens vs Texans: NFL Divisonal Round Betting Info
Spread: Baltimore Ravens -9.5 | Houston Texans +9.5
Moneyline: Baltimore Ravens -440 | Houston Texans +340
Total: Over/Under 43.5
C.J Stroud under 238.5 passing yards
C.J Stroud has been red-hot over the last month or so. He’s now gone six games without an interception and has 5 touchdowns in his last 2 games. However, this Ravens defense is no joke, leading the league in sacks and opposing points allowed.
It’s one thing for Stroud to rip up the Browns, but this is a disciplined Ravens unit playing at home that will be looking to unnerve the Texans’ QB from the very first snap. Stroud has become very good at protecting the ball and making good decisions, so Baltimore’s rampant defense might force him to take a few more checkdowns and play a little more conservatively, which gives the under a strong chance of cashing.
Lamar Jackson under 52.5 rushing yards
Lamar Jackson’s MVP-level campaign has been a joy to watch. With 3,600 passing yards and 800 rushing yards this season, he’s beyond deserving of the award. However, every mistake matters in the playoffs, and Jackson too might end up playing with future games in mind.
Does he really want to expose himself to hits that could injure him ahead of a potential Super Bowl berth. He does have 367 rushing yards across four playoff games, but the Texans have the sixth-best run D in the NFL.
Jackson has put up two 100+ yard postseason rushing games, and two much quieter ones. The offense is very accomplished and has playmakers all over. He won’t have to do it all himself this time.
Dalton Schultz over 33.5 receiving yards
Dalton Schultz has become a key contributor for Houston, registering 20 receptions over his last 5 games. He only caught one pass against the Browns, but don’t let that distract you from the fact he’s gone over this total 4 times in the last 5 weeks, including last week.
Tight end prop bets continue to be profitable and Schultz is bound to draw plenty of looks if the Texans do insist on protecting the rock.
Gus Edwards to score an anytime TD
As good as the Houston run defense is, the threat of Lamar Jackson alone opens things up for the Baltimore offense. Edwards has 3 touchdowns in his last 4 games and is bound to be a presence down inside the red zone on Saturday when Houston is trying to contain one of the most elusive quarterbacks of all time.
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