This could have potentially been a game featuring a rising young quarterback versus one of the best defenses in the NFL this year, but unfortunately, it will be a battle of mediocrity on Monday night. The Texans are trying to make it through the season, as their hopes went down with a knee injury to Deshaun Watson earlier in the season. The Ravens on the other hand are attempting to hold onto their wild card spot, as teams such as the Chargers and Bills are draped around their ankles. The interesting aspects of this game will be the matchups between Jimmy Smith-DeAndre Hopkins and the Ravens offensive line versus the Texans defensive front.
How The Texans Win:
With Tom Savage at quarterback, and the Ravens defense leading the league in interceptions, Coach O’Brien is going to want to limit how many throws Savage attempts in this game. The Texans have the 6th ranked rushing offense in the league this season, while the Ravens are 26th against it. In a prime time game, away from home, the Texans want to make sure to take the home fans out of the game. Although, the Ravens anemic offense might do that all by themselves.
Hopkins gave him a cold: "I know."
Then laughed at him with the team. pic.twitter.com/Zj9UrSH8AB
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) November 23, 2017
How The Ravens Win:
The Ravens recorded their third shutout of the season last week against the Packers, and while the defense looked like it was having fun, the offense continued to struggle. The Ravens were only able to score 10 points off of 5 turnovers in a game that should have been over by halftime. Just like many teams in the NFL, this is the point in the season where the quarterback has to carry the team the rest of the way, but it feels like Flacco is disengaged from the rest of the team.
The Ravens are going to need to focus on a run-heavy offense with play action plays that should be able to buy Flacco some time to throw the football. The Ravens have zero room for error as any loss from here on out could end their playoff hopes.
The Ravens have won nine consecutive home primetime games. 😈
Longest active streak in the NFL. pic.twitter.com/jpxgg5npqN
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) November 22, 2017
Prediction: Ravens – 20 Texans – 6