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Texans vs. Ravens Odds, Spread, Moneyline, Over/Under - NFL Odds Divisional Round

Moneyline: Houston Texans +350, Baltimore Ravens -450
Spread: Texans +9.5 (-110), Ravens -9.5 (+110)
Total: Over/Under 43.5 points

NFL Schedule Divisional Round – Game info - Texans at Ravens

2023-24 NFL Divisional Round Game
Houston Texans (11-7) vs. Baltimore Ravens (13-4)
Date: Saturday, Jan. 20
Time: 4:30 p.m. ET
Venue: M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md.
TV Channels: ABC, ESPN

Live Stream: FuboTV, ESPN+

This has been a year of remarkable success and record-breaking achievements for Houston Texans rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud, whose NFL journey continued in dramatic fashion last week.

The NFL playoffs’ Wild-Card Round saw Stroud lead a young and exciting Houston team to a dominating victory over one of the league’s best defenses in the Cleveland Browns. It’s hard to make that Texans victory all about one person, but Houston’s rookie superstar is playing with the poise, confidence, and skill of a 10-year veteran with championship credentials.

NFL fans have been witnessing a historically special rookie season from the Houston quarterback, and his next test is a fascinating matchup against the AFC’s No. 1seed, the Baltimore Ravens.

By posting the conference’s best regular-season record, the Ravens earned the right to put up their feet and enjoy a bye last weekend. As a result, this weekend will mark the first time since Week 17 that Baltimore will use its complete starting lineup. The Ravens locked up the AFC’s top seed early enough to rely only on their backup players in Week 18, an otherwise meaningless game that they lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

There is no doubt that quarterback Lamar Jackson, the league’s likely MVP, and his Ravens offense will be well-rested for this game, but they won’t have any time to shake off the rust against a fearless group of Texans. Both teams know that only two hurdles stand in their way as far as making a Super Bowl appearance, so this Saturday meeting should provide fans with a dream start to the playoffs’ Divisional Round.

Texans at Ravens Preview

How can anyone not be excited about what Houston rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud has been doing? In Week 5 of the regular season, Stroud set a record for most pass attempts without an interception at the start of an NFL career. In Week 8, he set a record for most passing yards in a game by a rookie, scorching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for 470 yards and five touchdowns, as well as a last-minute drive to win the game.

All of this has been a remarkable thing for NFL fans to watch, and no one should be fooled by the nine-point spread favoring Baltimore ahead of this AFC Divisional Round playoff game, because the Texans definitely pose a threat to the AFC’s No. 1 seed.

Stroud was electric in his NFL playoff debut last week, completing 76 percent of his passes for 274 yards and three touchdowns against the Cleveland Browns. Those numbers could have been higher if the game wasn’t all but over by halftime. The Texans moved the ball with ease against a Browns defense that had been hailed as arguably the best in the league.

Wide receiver Nico Collins has been Stroud’s primary partner in crime in recent weeks. The two have combined for 371 yards and two touchdowns over the Texans’ last three games, and that chemistry was a key to Houston winning the AFC South division title.

Collins’ rise is a testament to the quality of his quarterback. Although the first two years of his NFL career showed promise, he was held under 500 receiving yards in each and remained somewhat under the radar. In just one year with a rookie sensation as his quarterback, Collins exploded for 1,297 yards and eight touchdowns. He is the focal point of the Texans' passing attack, and he will have to be at his best against a Baltimore defense that allowed the league’s fifth-fewest passing yards and the fifth-lowest completion percentage by opposing QBs during the regular season.

Luckily, Houston also has a useful weapon in its ground game, where running back Devin Singletary has emerged as a real threat. When Singletary signed with the Texans before this season, many people assumed he would play a supporting role behind sophomore running back Dameon Pierce. That’s not how it turned out. Singletary, who enjoyed one the best seasons of his five-year NFL career in 2023, now has a stranglehold over the backfield touches. His 66 yards and a TD on just 13 carries last weekend were essential in keeping the Browns’ defense off balance.

There is certainly a lot to be excited about in this Houston offense, but it will have to be at its best on Saturday. The Texans will go up against a well-rested Baltimore defense that limited opponents to just 16.5 points per game this season -- the fewest in the NFL.

The Texans will also have a lot to be concerned about when Baltimore’s offense is on the field. This season’s PFF MVP winner, Lamar Jackson, has had a chance to rest up in advance of the playoffs. He is the catalyst of a dynamic offense that -- as we have come to expect from Baltimore -- leads the league in rushing with 156 yards per game.

What is new for the Ravens, however, is their reliable and explosive aerial attack. Jackson’s relatively low passing numbers are a result of the team’s effectiveness in the run game, but that fails to tell the story of a passing attack that is much more dangerous than in previous years. The Ravens’ No. 1 weapon, tight end Mark Andrews, is expected to play on Saturday for the first time since suffering a knee injury in mid-November. His presence would greatly bolster the Baltimore offense, where he would join a group of pass-catchers that features exciting rookie Zay Flowers and a still very dangerous veteran in Odell Beckham Jr.

This cast of characters has helped the Ravens to an average of 28.4 points per game, the third-best mark in the NFL regular season. The last time Baltimore’s starting lineup was on the field, it picked apart Miami’s talented defense to score 56 points. There is no doubt the Texans will be facing an uphill battle in their bid to slow down the Ravens on Saturday.

One thing that should give Houston fans cause for hope is the defensive line’s effectiveness against the run. The Ravens have what is statistically the best rushing attack in the league, but the Texans can take comfort in knowing that they limited opponents to just 94 yards per game on the ground this season -- the sixth-best performance against the run by any NFL team. Houston’s defensive line has held strong throughout this year, and defensive ends Derek Barnett and Will Anderson are a dangerous pass-rushing duo coming off the edge.

There is no doubt that the Ravens are a deserving No. 1 seed -- with immense talent on both sides of the ball -- but don’t overlook these Texans. There is a lot on the line this weekend, and the Texans are the ones playing with house money.

Texans vs. Ravens Predictions and Picks

I think the Ravens are headed for the Super Bowl, but the Texans aren’t going to be swept aside too easily. Houston rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud leads an offense that just dropped 45 points on the Cleveland Browns, and this group will be playing without fear. I expect the Ravens to win this game, but I feel the 9.5-point spread is overly generous. I will therefore be picking the Texans to cover.

The Pick: Houston Texans +9.5 (-110)

The Ravens' defense is a daunting unit for any NFL opponent, featuring players such as safety Kyle Hamilton, linebackers Roquon Smith and Patrick Queen, and defensive tackle Justin Madubuike, who are all members of the Associated Press’ 2023 NFL All-Pro teams. Nevertheless, Houston’s offense is a beautifully balanced unit at present with Nico Collins performing well as a true alpha receiver and running back Devin Singletary posing a threat on the ground.

We know the Ravens will put up points, and I am confident that Stroud and company can put together some scoring drives as well. I will be taking the over here.

The Pick: Over 43.5 Points (-110)

Best NFL Player-Prop Bets for Texans vs. Ravens

C.J. Stroud

The last time these teams met back in Week 1, Houston rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud dropped back to pass 44 times. He has learned a lot since then, but I still expect this to be a game where the Texans will need to opt for a more pass-heavy game plan just to stay competitive. In any case, this game will certainly not be a repeat of last weekend, when the Texans were able to take their foot off the gas in the second half.

I also don’t expect the Texans to make as many big plays as they managed against the Browns. The Ravens' defense, which has home-field advantage, will put up a much tougher fight than Cleveland. Houston will have to grind its way through drives, which should lead to many more passes from their young quarterback. His current line of 34.5 attempts looks like very inviting, and I will be taking it.

The Pick: CJ Stroud over 35.5 Pass Attempts (-105)

Odell Beckham Jr.

The Ravens admitted earlier in the season that they were trying to keep 31-year-old veteran wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.’s workload light to ensure that he would be fresh for a postseason run. Well, here we are, and a matchup against the Texans is the perfect spot to get him going.

Houston has the NFL’s sixth-best defense when it comes to stopping the run, but the Texans are in the league’s bottom third in defending against the pass. Texans cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. covered Cleveland’s Amari Cooper last week, and he could draw Zay Flowers this week. If he does, Beckham will become a very enticing target for Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson, making Beckham’s line of 32.5 receiving yards a must-bet.

The Pick: Odell Beckham over 36.5 Receiving Yards (-120)

Best Same-Game Parlay Picks for Texans vs. Ravens Divisional Round: 3-Leg Parlay Pick (+450)

Spread Bet

Leg 1: Houston Texans +9.5 (-110)

Total Points

Leg 2: Over 43.5 Points (-110)

Receiving Yards

Leg 3: Odell Beckham over 29.5 Receiving Yards (-160)

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