A possible AFC playoff preview, Baltimore hosts Houston at 1:00 p.m. ET on Nov. 17, 2019. The Ravens are AFC North leaders while the Texans enter this contest fresh off a bye and they are a game up on Indianapolis in the AFC South.
Spread: Ravens -4 (-110), Texans +4 (-110)
Moneyline: Ravens (-220), Texans (+180)
Total: OVER 51.5 (-110), UNDER 51.5 (-110)
Texans’ Season to Date
Houston enters this pivotal AFC showdown fresh off a bye after it jolted Jacksonville 26-3 in London during Week 9 action. The Texans (6-3) have lost one and then won two in three separate occasions this season, and will look to snap that streak as they are currently on a two-game winning streak. Houston is 3-2 straight up in matches away from home this year.
Texans’ Betting Record: ATS 5-4-0 OVER/UNDER 4-5-0
Texans’ Leaders on Offense
QB Deshaun Watson: 2,432 pass yards with 18 TD and 5 INT
RB Carlos Hyde: 726 total yards with 3 TD
WR DeAndre Hopkins: 665 receiving yards with 4 TD
TE Darren Fells: 245 receiving yards with 6 TD
Ravens' Season to Date
Backed by the electrifying play of QB Lamar Jackson, Baltimore is the league’s hottest team, as the Ravens (7-2) have won five straight games. While two of the victories were against lowly Cincinnati, Baltimore also has wins over Pittsburgh, Seattle and New England during its hot streak. The Ravens are 3-1 at home this season.
Ravens' Betting Record: ATS 4-4-1 OVER/UNDER 6-3-0
Ravens' Leaders on Offense
QB Lamar Jackson: 2,036 pass yards with 15 TD and 5 INT
RB Mark Ingram: 744 total yards with 8 TD
WR Marquise Brown: 454 receiving yards with 4 TD
TE: Mark Andrews: 523 receiving yards with 5 TD
Recent History – Rare Meeting For Ravens and Texans
This is just the 11th meeting all-time with the Ravens holding a decisive 8-2 series lead. Baltimore won the most recent contest 23-16 at home during Week 12 back in 2017. Both teams have played the Chiefs in Kansas City as their lone same team opponent. The Ravens lost 33-28 in Week 3 while the Texans won 31-24 during Week 6 action.
Ravens vs. Texans Final Thoughts and Pick
When breaking down this contest, it is difficult to look past the Lamar Jackson versus Deshaun Watson battle. Both have put up impressive numbers this season, with Watson being the better passer and Jackson being the better runner. Given his poise under pressure, Watson gets the edge since he won’t wilt when the Ravens bring heat.
On defense, both teams are solid at stuffing the run while neither team has an elite pass defense. Texans WR Will Fuller is expected to be back for this contest after being out since Week 7. That’s an advantage for Houston, who also has stud receiver DeAndre Hopkins. Since we don’t see either side winning in a blowout, take the points and back Houston.
Pick: Texans +4
Season Record: 1-12