|Written by Mike|
Bet on the NFLThe Houston Texans may be out of the playoff running with a 7-7 record and the team's main quarterback injured but they are still looking to finish the season strong. Meanwhile, the Baltimore Ravens are 9-5 and half a game behind Cincinnati for the AFC North lead. While the Ravens have one of the wild card spots in the AFC at this moment, it is not enough for them and now they are hoping to take over the division in their game with the Texans this Sunday. The Ravens are currently listed as -5.5 favorites to win.
The Ravens have won their last two games but the team lost cornerback Asa Jackson to a knee injury for the rest of the season just recently. This prompted them to sign Chris Greenwood from Minnesota's practice squad to join the team.
The team still holds one of the most powerful defenses in the NFL with the team limiting opponents to 85 rushing yards per game. The Ravens also have 45 sacks this season. Elvis Dumervil is tied with Kansas City's Justin Houston for the most sacks in the NFL with seventeen this year. Terrell Suggs is not too far off with eleven.
The Texans, who were once coached by Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, suffered a massive blow when they lost to Indianapolis last week. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick suffered a leg injury and will be out for the rest of the season. Tom Savage, his replacement from last week, is also out with a knee injury. It is uncertain as to whether Ryan Mallett or recently resigned quarterback Case Keenum will be the team's starter.
The Texans have a few productive players with Arian Foster having 1,127 rushing yards this year and J.J. Watt having 16.5 sacks. Still, the Texans are bearing with a pass offense that is only getting a little more than 200 passing yards per game this year. This also comes as DeAndre Hopkins and Andre Johnson are the only two people on the team who actually have more than 300 receiving yards this year.