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Texans Road Favorites Over the Ravens in Week 3 NFL Action

Houston Texans vs. Baltimore Ravens – Week 3 Preview

Starting Time: Sunday, September 22nd 2013 at 1pm ET
Where: M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland
Network: Live on CBC

The Houston Texans 2-0 (0-2 ATS) haven’t been kind to bettors to begin the season. They’ve been winning their games, but they’ve not been able to cover the point spreads. This week Houston is favored on the road against the Baltimore Ravens 1-1 (1-1 ATS).

Houston vs. Baltimore Week 3 Betting Lines

I can see why the bookmakers have the Texans as a –2.5 (-110) point favorite in this game. I don’t expect the line to move unless we see heavy action on one side. The reason the Texans are favored on the road is because the Ravens have looked very poor thus far.

The total is interesting in this game as well. Right now the total is O/U 45 points (-110) at the Bovada Sportsbook. Neither defense is looking that great through two weeks of the regular season and I think the bookmakers have set the game total a little too low.

Houston Texans
Baltimore Ravens
Point Spread:
-2.5 (-110)
+2.5 (-110)
Money Line
-133
+113
Game Total
O45 (-110)
U45 (-110)

What Ravens Team Will Show Up on Sunday?

Baltimore has been a big question mark so far and I’m still not completely sold on how this team will finish the season. In week 1 the defense allowed the Broncos to score 49 points, but against the Browns the defense only allowed 6 points (2 FG’s) at home.

The Ravens sacked Weeden 5 times and eventually knocked him out of the game in the 4th quarter. However, one problem with this defense is that it struggles to force turnovers. They had 2 fumble recoveries in week 1, but they didn’t have any against the Browns.

Offensively the Ravens have had trouble early this season because Ray Rice is struggling right now. Ray Rice only has 25 carries for 72 yards (1 TD) this season while Bernard Pierce has 28 carries for 79 yards (1 TD). Rice needs way more production on the field.

Joe Flacco is picking up yardage, but he only has 3 TD passes and 2 INT’s. Losing Boldin is really hurting him, as no one else has been able to step up and be as clutch in his place. The injury report is pretty clean other than Rice who is still expected to play this week.

Can the Texans Defense Finally Wake Up?

San Diego put up 28 points on the Texans and the Titans scored 24 points in week 2 on the Texans. Part of the problem is the weak secondary while Ed Reed is out. He may play this week, but he is a game time decision and even if he plays he won’t be near 100%. Another problem is all of the turnovers on offense.

Torrey Smith is going to need a big game for the Ravens on this secondary. He leads Baltimore with 11 receptions for 177 yards, but he still doesn’t have a TD. His speed is going to be a problem downfield whether or not Reed ends up playing in this game.

This year the Ravens are allowing 320 PYPG and the Texans have the WR corps to make them pay. DeAndre Hopkins started off last week with some missed opportunities, but in crunch time he stood out. Hopkins now has 12 catches for 183 yards and 1 TD.

Andre Johnson hasn’t been able to get in the endzone, but he already has 20 receptions for 222 yards in two games. Houston has to air it out more in this game if they want to win. Baltimore has only allowed 65 RYPG and Foster hasn’t looked like his normal self.

HOU vs. BAL Best Bets

Baltimore has surrendered a lot of passing yards to open the year. Johnson and Hopkins will be able to beat this secondary and the Texans should be able to score close to 30 points again, which would ensure that this game goes well over the game total.

Rice and Pierce should have running room on this Texans defense, as they’ve allowed 100 RYPG. I won’t be betting on the spread in this game, but if I did bet on it I would be betting on Houston –2.5 (-110) because I trust their offense to score more points.

I think the game total is low right now because Reed is questionable and may start his first game of the season. Even if Reed starts the Ravens will just run the football more and the Texans haven’t shown that they can stop the run yet against top RB’s.

ScottThis article was written by Scott

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