The Houston Texans, like most of use, hate Mondays, but in their case, it is a rational hatred, at least if we go by the sportsbook NFL odds. The Texans have covered in just one of their last 10 Monday Night Football games – and, more generally, speaking, has lost 12 of their last 16 games at night. The Baltimore Ravens, on the other hand, have covered in five of their last six Monday games.
- Date: Monday, 27th November
- Time: 8:35 PM
- Venue: M&T Bank Stadium
- Sportsbook online American football betting odds:
Texans +7 (-105) 38 (-108) +256
Ravens -7 (-115) 38 (-112) -315
Not quite MNF
If it’s any consolation to the Texas, their own, as well as the Ravens’, injury-ridden roster makes this matchup not as attractive as it must have seemed on paper when the schedule-makers were making the schedule. As Houston fans who bet on NFL are well aware of, Deshaun Watson’s rookie season ended prematurely, forcing head coach Bill O’Brien to go savage. Tom Savage, that is. It took its sweet time, but the Texans finally had their first win with Savage under center, 31-21 over Arizona on Sunday, thus snapping a three-game SU and ATS skid.
DeAndre Hopkins 🆚 Patrick Peterson@jharrisfootball explains how 🔟 found success against Arizona last week.
— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) November 24, 2017
The Texans are tied for most TD passes allowed this season with 22, including 18 in their six losses, as opposed to four in their four wins. Joe Flacco has thrown just nine touchdown passes this year, but then you don’t want to give him a chance to increase his production. Houston is 2-7 SU in their last nine games against the Ravens, 1-4 ATS in their last five games in November, and 6-2 against the sportsbook NFL odds spread in their last eight games on fieldturf.
Mama said shut you out
“Whoever’s defense shows up best will probably win the game,” Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph said. Unfortunately for Houston, defense doesn’t get much better than Baltimore. The Ravens are just coming off their third shutdown of the season (the first team to do so in the first 10 games of the season since, wait for it, the 2000 Ravens, and the third in the last three decades), a 23-0 win (natch) over the Green Bay Packers, which doesn’t bode well for the Texas either, seeing as how they, like the Packers, also lost their star quarterback. Baltimore players, however, don’t want to jinx it. “”It is like the no-hitter,” outside linebacker Terrel Suggs said. “This is the NFL. You want to play well every week, especially on defense. We aren’t thinking about [shutouts]. Seriously. We’ll take the win; 35-34 is good for us.” Come on, Terrell; we can’t be the only ones who worry about the spread. Speaking of which, the Ravens are 6-13-1 ATS when playing a team with a losing record, 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 games versus the AFC, and the home team is 4-1 sportsbook NFL odds spread in the last five meetings between these two teams. Baltimore leads the all time series 7-2 but Houston has won two of the last four.