Baltimore Ravens (9-5) at Houston Texans (7-7)
|Date & Time||Sunday December 21, 2014, 1:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Houston Texans +4.5 -- Over/Under: 41.5
The Baltimore Ravens and Houston Texans square off Sunday at NRG Stadium.
The Baltimore Ravens have won four of their last five games and are in the drivers seat for a playoff spot. Joe Flacco is completing 64.2 percent of his passes for 23 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Flacco has four total touchdowns and one pick in his last two games, and the Ravens have 42 passing plays of 20 or more yards. Steve Smith and Torrey Smith have combined for more than 1,500 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns while Owen Daniels has six of his 45 receptions in his last two games. The Ravens ground game is averaging 4.6 yards per carry, as Justin Forsett leads the way with 1,128 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, the Baltimore Ravens are allowing 19.1 points, 344.2 yards, and they’ve forced 45 sacks and 19 turnovers. C.J. Mosley leads Baltimore with 120 tackles and Elvis Dumervil has 17 sacks.
The Houston Texans have split their last six games and are hoping to end the season strong. Case Keenum is expected to make his first start of the season after injuries to other quarterbacks. Keenum threw nine touchdowns and six interceptions last season and hasn’t played in more than a calendar year. DeAndre Hopkins and Andre Johnson have combined for more than 1,900 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Damaris Johnson has three of his 24 receptions in his last two games. The Texans ground game is averaging four yards per carry, as Arian Foster leads the way with 1,127 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, the Houston Texans are allowing 19.8 points, 366.2 yards, and they’ve forced 31 sacks and 31 turnovers. Kendrick Lewis leads Houston with 78 tackles and J.J. Watt has 16.5 sacks.
The Ravens are 3-11 ATS in their last 14 games in December and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss. The Texans are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 home games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss. The favorite is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
The Ravens should have little trouble winning this game, as they're the better team on both sides of the ball. Baltimore's pass rushing happy defense should do a number on Keenum, who is coming into this game cold. Look for Baltimore to win this game by double digits.