Baltimore Vs Houston Prediction, TV Scheudle & Betting SpreadNoah Williams
If the 2014-15 NFL playoffs started today, Joe Flacco, Justin Forsett and the Baltimore Ravens would be in Arian Foster, J.J. Watt and the Houston Texans wouldn’t be. The two will go head-to-head in Week 16. The Ravens won two in a row and the Texans are coming off a loss to the Colts.
A Baltimore win in Week 16 on the road against the Texans may get the Ravens into the playoffs. Two games remain for each of these teams, and the AFC playoff picture is very tight. This game will be crucial in dictating just how the playoffs will shape up heading into the last week of the season.
The week 16 NFL betting lines have the Ravens as 5.5 point favorites over the Texans and the game total is 41 points.
Matchup: Baltimore Ravens at Houston Texans
Date: Dec. 21, 2014
Start Time: 8:25 p.m. ET
Location: Houston, Texas
Stadium: NRG Stadium
TV Info: CBS
Radio: Baltimore Vs Houston
Point Spread: Ravens -5.5
Game Total: 41
Analyzing My Ravens Vs Texans NFL Week 16 Free Pick
Sitting at 9-5, the Ravens currently hold the final wildcard spot in the AFC, but could end up with a division crown if they win and Pittsburgh and Cincinnati lose, but good news for Baltimore, the Ravens will secure a playoff spot if both the Chiefs and the San Diego Chargers lose this weekend.
The Ravens have won four of their last five games, but struggled against the Jacksonville Jaguars at home last week winning 20-12. Next week they host division rivals: the Cleveland Browns.
"We had too many to overcome to play the kind of football we wanted to play," coach John Harbaugh said. "Too many long-yardage situations, too many penalties, too many special teams penalties … too many things we had to clean up."
Baltimore has the 14th ranked passing offense in the NFL along the 5th ranked rushing backfield, both combine for 26.9 points per game, 8th best in the league. QB Joe Flacco has thrown 3479 yards, 23 TDs & 9 INTs with a 94.8 passer rating. RB Justin Forsett is the leading back of the team with 1128 yards & 8 TDs, and WR Steve Smith leads the squad with 66 receptions, 926 yards & 6 TDs.
Defensively, the Baltimore Ravens are allowing 19.1 points, 344.2 yards, and they’ve forced 45 sacks and 19 turnovers. C.J. Mosley leads Baltimore with 120 tackles and Elvis Dumervil has 17 sacks.
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) December 18, 2014
The Ravens will face the 27th passing defense and 14th rushing unit this weekend. Houston has forced 31 takeaways in the season, most by any team.
The Texans are 7-7 on the season and need to beat the Ravens and expect the Browns also beat Baltimore in week 17. They lost to the Indianapolis Colts 17-10, ending a two game winning streak.
Houston hasn’t given any word of whom their starting QB will be this Sunday after Ryan Fitzpatrick’s season ended with a broken leg and his backup Tom Savage suffered a knee injury. The team brought Thad Lewis and Case Keenum this week, and one of the two will start.
— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) December 18, 2014
"It wasn’t that long ago that he had been in our system," O’Brien said of Case Keenum. "I think he’ll have a chance to come in here and soon as he kind of sees a lot of the things that were doing, which are very similar to what we did when he was here before, I think he’ll be able to pick it up just because he’s a bright guy. He’s got a good memory. You can tell already just from being around him this afternoon."
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) December 18, 2014
If speculation comes true, Case Keenum is expected to make his first start of the season at QB for the Texnas after injuries to Fitzpatrick, Mallet and Savage. Keenum threw nine touchdowns and six interceptions last season and hasn’t played in more than a calendar year. DeAndre Hopkins and Andre Johnson have combined for more than 1,900 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Damaris Johnson has three of his 24 receptions in his last two games.
The Texans rushing attack is averaging 4.0 yards per carry, as Arian Foster leads the way with 1,127 rushing yards and eight touchdowns.
Defensively, the Houston Texans are allowing 19.8 points, 366.2 yards, and they’ve forced 31 sacks and 31 turnovers. Kendrick Lewis leads Houston with 78 tackles and J.J. Watt has 16.5 sacks.
Head coaches Bill O’Brien and John Harbaugh have never faced each other.
The Ravens are 4-1 ATS in their last five games following an ATS loss, but 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a road favorite, 3-9-1 ATS in their last 13 vs. AFC teams.
The Texans are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a SU loss, 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. AFC teams, but 4-10 ATS in their last 14 home games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games in Week 16.
NFL Week 16 Betting Picks: Ravens -5.5.