Monday Night Football Week 12 Picks – Texans vs Ravens Prediction
It was a mediocre Sunday, with the early games tanking but us hitting the over in the Steelers-Packers game. Week 12 comes to a close on Monday Night Football as the Texans travel to Baltimore to take on the Ravens. Action begins on ESPN at 8:30 EST. All odds from this article with be quoting from SportsBetting.ag
Houston Texans at Baltimore Ravens -7.5 Total: 38.5
After losing rookie standout quarterback, Deshaun Watson, the Texans’ offense went from explosive to average, at best. Houston did defeat the visiting Cardinals last week by a score of 31-21 which pushed their record to 4-6. The division is likely out of reach, but if Houston wins out, they may be able to sneak into the playoffs as a Wild Card.
Baltimore started off the yearly poorly, but have gotten themselves in position to make the postseason as of late. Mostly riding their defense, the Ravens demolished the Packers last week, winning 23-0. The win put their record at 5-5. Pittsburgh rules the AFC North at 9-2, but Baltimore is still a favorite to make the postseason as a Wild Card with their current record.
Betting Odds On The Ravens
The Ravens opened at -7.5 and that number has not changed throughout the week. Bettors have favored the Ravens regarding tickets, with about 60 percent of bets being placed on Baltimore. Most bettors have also bet the over. The game opened at 38 points and is at 38.5 at most books online.
Houston Texans vs Baltimore Ravens Prediction
If the Ravens were favored by less than a touchdown – I’d certainly be a lot more interested in them. As it stands, I lean towards the Texans for several reasons.
Baltimore’s offense is still below average. We’ve seen the awful play from the Texans’ defense with all their injury losses, but it’s likely still capable of slowing down Joe Flacco and Company. The Ravens being favored by more than a touchdown with their pathetic offense is enough reason to take Houston, in itself.
The Texans offense still does have some playmakers, even with the statuesque, Tom Savage, under center. DeAndre Hopkins can go off any against defense and has had some huge games in poor on paper matchups.
Take the hook and go with the road team.