Neither team has a powerful offense while both are solid on defense so scoring could be at a premium in this NFL betting matchup.
Football betting stats show that Baltimore slipped defensively a year ago but they were still 6th overall in the league. The problem was against the pass as they were only 20th in the league according to NFL betting stats. Matt Schaub and the Texans may be able to exploit that weakness if he gets time to throw.
The Ravens have a new philosophy under head coach John Harbaugh and that has meant an influx of youth. Joe Flacco is the quarterback of the future for the Ravens and maybe for the present since Troy Smith has been dealing with injuries. The problem for Baltimore according to football betting numbers has been scoring points and that may be difficult in this game against Houston. The Texans were only ranked 24th in the league last season on defense according to NFL betting numbers but they were tougher at home.
Houston’s offense is led by Schaub and an interesting backfield led by first round draft pick Steve Slaton. Head coach Gary Kubiak has shown he knows how to coach and offense and Schaub has been an efficient quarterback in his time as a starter at quarterback. Keeping Andre Johnson healthy is a must if Houston is to challenge the Baltimore secondary in this NFL betting matchup. Last year the Texans were 6-3 with Johnson in the lineup and 2-5 without him according to football betting numbers.
Football betting stats show the teams have met twice since Houston became the Texans. In 2005 it was the Ravens winning 16-15 while Baltimore won 23-19 in 2002 according to football betting stats. The Ravens have been a poor road underdog the past three seasons going 6-10 versus the football betting number. They are also poor in divisional road games going 2-7 versus the football betting pointspread. The Ravens are 10-12-2 to the under in their last 24 road games according to football betting stats. The Texans are 6-3 in their last nine games as a home favorite in football betting. 14 of Houston’s last 24 games have gone over the football betting total.
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