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Baltimore Ravens vs. Houston Texans Pick & Prediction SEP 20TH 2020

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Pity the Houston Texans, who opened their season trying to subdue one former NFL Most Valuable Player before being scheduled to take on Lamar Jackson in Week 2.

The Texans (0-1) will try for better results on Sunday afternoon when they host Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens (1-0).

Houston struggled mightily to contain Patrick Mahomes in the season opener on Sept. 10, with the 2018 NFL MVP throwing three touchdown passes to lift Super Bowl champion Kansas City to a 34-20 victory.

While Mahomes flourished, Deshaun Watson had his issues in his first game without DeAndre Hopkins. The four-time Pro Bowl wide receiver was traded to Arizona in the offseason.

Watson threw for just 253 yards with a touchdown and an interception against the Chiefs. He also was sacked four times. That might be considered a mild disturbance considering he was taken down six times and limited to just 169 passing yards in Baltimore's 41-7 romp over Houston on Nov. 17.

"It didn't go so well last year," Texans coach Bill O'Brien said in a conference call. "We need to play a much more disciplined football game on Sunday than we did last year."

O'Brien likely was pleased with what he saw from Will Fuller V, who is expected to carry a bigger responsibility in the absence of Hopkins. Fuller recorded team-leading totals in receptions (eight) and receiving yards (112) against the Chiefs.

"He's a guy since coming into the league - high yards per catch guy, excellent contested catch guy," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said of Fuller. "He's a go-to receiver for sure, very talented, very fast. They have a number of good receivers, all high-end receivers."

The conversation about high-end players on the field Sunday has to include Jackson -- and the Texans know it.

Jackson threw for four touchdowns and rushed for 79 yards as Baltimore rolled up 491 total yards of offense in last year's meeting.

Jackson did quite well for himself on Sunday as the Ravens opened the 2020 season with a resounding 38-6 victory over Cleveland. Jackson completed 20 of 25 passes for 275 yards and three touchdowns en route to being named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week for the sixth time in his career.

"Lamar did a really good job, and our offensive line did a good job of creating time in the pocket which allowed the coverage to expand," Harbaugh said. "... Lamar has amazing vision and can throw on the move. He sees the field so well. To me, those are the keys to that."

Tight end Mark Andrews certainly has benefited from that, and he followed up his team-leading 10 receiving touchdowns in 2019 with two more last week. Rookie J.K. Dobbins rushed for two scores in his NFL debut to boot.

Houston's David Johnson -- acquired in the trade for Hopkins -- totaled 109 scrimmage yards (77 rushing, 32 receiving) and a touchdown against the Chiefs. Johnson also found the end zone in his last meeting with Baltimore, doing so while playing with Arizona last season.

--Field Level Media

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Baltimore Ravens

Houston Texans

Player Position Lineup
Miles Boykin primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Nick Boyle primary: Tight End Starter
Bradley Bozeman primary: Left Guard Starter
Orlando Brown Jr. primary: Right Tackle Starter
Marquise Brown primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Chuck Clark primary: Strong Safety Starter
DeShon Elliott primary: Free Safety Starter
L.J. Fort primary: Weak Linebacker Starter
Marlon Humphrey primary: Left Cornerback Starter
Mark Ingram II primary: Runningback Starter
Lamar Jackson primary: Quarterback Starter
Matthew Judon primary: Strong Outside Linebacker Starter
Marcus Peters primary: Right Cornerback Starter
Matt Skura primary: Center Starter
Willie Snead IV primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Ronnie Stanley primary: Left Tackle Starter
Brandon Williams primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Calais Campbell primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Anthony Levine Sr. primary: Defensive End Starter
Patrick Queen primary: Middle Linebacker Starter
Tyre Phillips primary: Right Guard Starter
Pernell McPhee primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
Otaro Alaka primary: Linebacker Substitution
Mark Andrews primary: Tight End Substitution
Anthony Averett primary: Cornerback Substitution
Chris Board primary: Linebacker Substitution
Tyus Bowser primary: Linebacker Substitution
Morgan Cox primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Gus Edwards primary: Runningback Substitution
Justin Ellis primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Jaylon Ferguson primary: Linebacker Substitution
Sam Koch primary: Punter Substitution
Patrick Mekari primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Ben Powers primary: Guard Substitution
Patrick Ricard primary: Fullback Substitution
Justin Tucker primary: Kicker Substitution
Tavon Young primary: Cornerback Substitution
Jihad Ward primary: Defensive End Substitution
Jimmy Smith primary: Cornerback Substitution
Derek Wolfe primary: Defensive End Substitution
J.K. Dobbins primary: Runningback Substitution
Devin Duvernay primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Malik Harrison primary: Linebacker Substitution
Broderick Washington primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
James Proche II primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
D.J. Fluker primary: Guard Substitution
Jordan Richards primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Robert Griffin III primary: Quarterback Did not play
Justice Hill primary: Runningback Not active
Trace McSorley primary: Quarterback Not active
Chris Moore primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Justin Madubuike primary: Defensive Tackle Not active
Ben Bredeson primary: Guard Not active
Geno Stone primary: Safety Not active
Player Position Lineup
Jordan Akins primary: Tight End Starter
Zach Cunningham primary: Linebacker Starter
Darren Fells primary: Tight End Starter
Will Fuller V primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Zach Fulton primary: Guard Starter
Tytus Howard primary: Offensive Tackle Starter
Nick Martin primary: Center Starter
Benardrick McKinney primary: Linebacker Starter
Whitney Mercilus primary: Linebacker Starter
A.J. Moore Jr. primary: Safety Starter
Justin Reid primary: Safety Starter
Bradley Roby primary: Cornerback Starter
Max Scharping primary: Offensive Tackle Starter
Laremy Tunsil primary: Offensive Tackle Starter
Deshaun Watson primary: Quarterback Starter
J.J. Watt primary: Defensive End Starter
Brandon Dunn primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
David Johnson primary: Runningback Starter
Eric Murray primary: Safety Starter
Vernon Hargreaves III primary: Cornerback Starter
Brandin Cooks primary: Wide Receiver Starter
P.J. Hall primary: Defensive End Starter
Tyrell Adams primary: Linebacker Substitution
Bryan Anger primary: Punter Substitution
DeAndre Carter primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Dylan Cole primary: Inside Linebacker Substitution
Keke Coutee primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Keion Crossen primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Ka'imi Fairbairn primary: Kicker Substitution
Phillip Gaines primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Cullen Gillaspia primary: Runningback Substitution
Buddy Howell primary: Runningback Substitution
Lonnie Johnson Jr. primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Roderick Johnson primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Senio Kelemete primary: Guard Substitution
Jacob Martin primary: Defensive End Substitution
Charles Omenihu primary: Defensive End Substitution
Brennan Scarlett primary: Outside Linebacker Substitution
Kenny Stills primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Carlos Watkins primary: Defensive End Substitution
Jon Weeks primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Brent Qvale primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Randall Cobb primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Ross Blacklock primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
John Reid primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Michael Thomas primary: Defensive Back Substitution
C.J. Prosise primary: Runningback Substitution
Cornell Armstrong primary: Defensive Back Not active
Duke Johnson primary: Runningback Not active
Peter Kalambayi primary: Linebacker Not active
AJ McCarron primary: Quarterback Did not play
Jonathan Greenard primary: Linebacker Not active
Charlie Heck primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
Pharaoh Brown primary: Tight End Not active

Baltimore Ravens

Houston Texans

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 32 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Justin Tucker
  • Period 2
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 44 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Ka'imi Fairbairn
  • MIN 5
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 39 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Justin Tucker
  • MIN 5
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Fumble Return/Recovery
    • 22 Yards
    • Fumble Recoverer: L.J. Fort
    • Conv Kicker: Justin Tucker
  • MIN 9
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 10 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Darren Fells
    • Passer: Deshaun Watson
    • Conv Kicker: Ka'imi Fairbairn
  • MIN 12
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 1 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Patrick Ricard
    • Passer: Lamar Jackson
    • Conv Kicker: Justin Tucker
  • Period 3
  • MIN 6
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 47 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Justin Tucker
  • Period 4
  • MIN 3
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 20 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Justin Tucker
  • MIN 8
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 45 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Ka'imi Fairbairn
  • MIN 11
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 30 Yards
    • Rusher: Mark Ingram II
    • Conv Kicker: Justin Tucker
  • MIN 14
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 35 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Ka'imi Fairbairn
  • Match End


Last 10

W 60% L 40%
6 4
  • Tennessee L 30 - 24
  • @New England L 17 - 23
  • @Indianapolis W 24 - 10
  • Pittsburgh L 28 - 24
  • @Philadelphia W 30 - 28
  • Cincinnati W 3 - 27
  • @Washington W 31 - 17
  • Kansas City L 34 - 20
  • @Houston W 33 - 16
  • Cleveland W 6 - 38
W 30% L 70%
3 7
  • New England W 20 - 27
  • @Cleveland L 7 - 10
  • @Jacksonville W 27 - 25
  • Green Bay L 35 - 20
  • @Tennessee L 36 - 42
  • Jacksonville W 14 - 30
  • Minnesota L 31 - 23
  • @Pittsburgh L 21 - 28
  • Baltimore L 33 - 16
  • @Kansas City L 20 - 34

Next Games

  • @Pittsburgh(10-06-19) W 26 - 23
  • Dallas(10-14-12) W 29 - 31
  • @Cleveland(12-22-19) W 31 - 15
  • Jacksonville(08-08-19) W 0 - 29
  • N.Y. Giants(12-23-12) W 14 - 33
  • @Detroit(11-22-12) W 34 - 31
  • Indianapolis(11-21-19) W 17 - 20
  • @Chicago(11-11-12) W 13 - 6
  • @Indianapolis(10-20-19) L 23 - 30
  • Cincinnati(12-24-16) W 10 - 12

Last Meetings

  • Ravens @ Texans 33-16
  • Texans @ Ravens 7-41
  • Texans @ Ravens 16-23
  • Ravens @ Texans 13-25
  • Texans @ Ravens 9-30
  • Ravens @ Texans 13-43
  • Texans @ Ravens 13-20
  • Texans @ Ravens 14-29
  • Ravens @ Texans 34-28
  • Ravens @ Texans 41-13

American Football Conference

Buffalo Bills73 0.7000.00.00.0 4-13-27-0-3
Miami Dolphins64 0.6001.00.00.0 3-23-26-0-4
New England Patriots46 0.4003.00.00.0 3-21-44-0-6
New York Jets010 0.0007.00.00.0 0-50-50-0-10
Pittsburgh Steelers100 01.0000.00.00.0 5-05-010-0-0
Cleveland Browns73 0.7003.00.00.0 5-12-27-0-3
Baltimore Ravens64 0.6004.00.00.0 2-34-16-0-4
Cincinnati Bengals27 1.2227.50.00.0 2-20-52-1-7
Tennessee Titans73 0.7000.00.00.0 4-23-17-0-3
Indianapolis Colts73 0.7000.00.00.0 4-13-27-0-3
Houston Texans37 0.3004.00.00.0 2-31-43-0-7
Jacksonville Jaguars19 0.1006.00.00.0 1-40-51-0-9
Kansas City Chiefs91 0.9000.00.00.0 4-15-09-0-1
Las Vegas Raiders64 0.6003.00.00.0 2-34-16-0-4
Denver Broncos46 0.4005.00.00.0 2-32-34-0-6
Los Angeles Chargers37 0.3006.00.00.0 2-31-43-0-7

National Football Conference

Philadelphia Eagles36 1.3330.00.00.0 2-21-43-1-6
Dallas Cowboys37 0.3000.50.00.0 2-31-43-0-7
Washington Football Team37 0.3000.50.00.0 3-30-43-0-7
New York Giants37 0.3000.50.00.0 2-31-43-0-7
Green Bay Packers73 0.7000.00.00.0 3-14-27-0-3
Chicago Bears55 0.5002.00.00.0 2-33-25-0-5
Detroit Lions46 0.4003.00.00.0 1-33-34-0-6
Minnesota Vikings46 0.4003.00.00.0 1-43-24-0-6
New Orleans Saints82 0.8000.00.00.0 5-13-18-0-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers74 0.6361.50.00.0 3-24-27-0-3
Carolina Panthers47 0.3644.50.00.0 2-42-34-0-6
Atlanta Falcons37 0.3005.00.00.0 1-42-33-0-7
Los Angeles Rams73 0.7000.00.00.0 4-03-37-0-3
Seattle Seahawks73 0.7000.00.00.0 5-02-37-0-3
Arizona Cardinals64 0.6001.00.00.0 3-23-26-0-4
San Francisco 49ers46 0.4003.00.00.0 1-43-24-0-6

Last Injuries

Houston Texans

  • Michael Thomas

    I-R | I-R

    Thomas has been placed on the injured reserve list due to torn pectoral surgery.

  • Laremy Tunsil

    Prob Thurs | probable

    Tunsil missed the last game with an illness, but it is likely that he will dress for Thursday's showdown against the Lions.

  • Kahale Warring

    Prob Thurs | probable

    Warring has been activated from the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list after recovering from an undefined injury, and he is likely to dress for Thursday's game against the Lions.

  • Josh McCown

    Out Thurs | out

    McCown has been absent from the lineup during the previous two games due to a personal matter, and he will not make his team debut against the Lions on Thursday.

  • Kenny Stills

    Out Thurs | out

    Stills exited the last game due to a quad injury, and he will not dress for Thursday's tilt versus the Lions.

  • Brandon Dunn

    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Dunn departed the last game due to a right lower-leg injury, and it is up in the air if he will line up against the Lions on Thursday.

  • Lonnie Johnson Jr.

    Upper Body
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Johnson Jr. was lifted from the last game with an upper-body injury, and it is unclear if he will step on the field against the Lions on Thursday.

  • Senio Kelemete

    Prob Thurs | probable

    Kelemete has sat out the past two games with a concussion, but it is expected that he will be cleared in time for Thursday's matchup versus the Lions.

Baltimore Ravens

  • Jimmy Smith

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Smith is bothered by an ankle injury, and it is unknown if he will take the field for Sunday's showdown against the Steelers.

  • Derek Wolfe

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Wolfe is ailing from an illness, and it has yet to be determined if he will be available against the Steelers on Sunday.

  • Matt Skura

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Skura has been sent to the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and there is no timetable for return.

  • Tyre Phillips

    Ques Sun | I-R

    Phillips has been assigned to Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list after recovering from an ankle injury, and his three-week window to be activated has started.

  • Patrick Mekari

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Mekari has shifted to the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and he will miss an undetermined length of time.

  • J.K. Dobbins

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Dobbins has ended up on the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and it is unknown how long it will take for the symptoms to subside.

  • Mark Ingram II

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Ingram II has been moved to the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and there is no indication when he will get back in the lineup.

  • Matthew Judon

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Judon is tending to an ankle injury, and it remains to be seen if he will dress for Sunday's clash with the Steelers.

Baltimore Ravens vs. Houston Texans

Lamar Jackson threw a touchdown pass and Mark Ingram II rushed for a touchdown as the visiting Baltimore Ravens defeated the Houston Texans 33-16 on Sunday.

L.J. Fort added a fumble return for a touchdown and Justin Tucker kicked four field goals as the Ravens (2-0) didn't trail in a game that never turned into a shootout between Jackson -- the reigning NFL Most Valuable Player -- and Texans star quarterback DeShaun Watson.

Jackson completed 18 of 24 for 204 yards and connected with Patrick Ricard on a 1-yard touchdown. He added 54 rushing yards, including a 2-yard gain on fourth-and-1 at the Ravens 36 to help secure the win with less than seven minutes remaining.

Baltimore outrushed Houston 230-51 and took the ball away twice without committing a turnover. The Texans had just two rushing first downs.

Watson completed 25 of 36 for 275 yards and a touchdown and an interception for the Texans (0-2.) He rushed for just 17 yards.

The Ravens led 20-10 at halftime and increased the lead when Tucker started the second-half scoring with a 47-yard field goal midway through the third quarter.

Ka'imi Fairbairn kicked a 35-yard field goal less than a minute into the fourth quarter to get the Texans within 23-13.

On the ensuing possession, Ingram took a direct snap and ran 30 yards for a touchdown that increased Baltimore's lead to 30-13.

Fairbairn's third field goal, a 45-yarder, made it 30-16 before Tucker kicked a 20-yarder with 3:44 left.

Tucker's 32-yard field goal gave Baltimore a 3-0 lead at the end of the first quarter before the scoring pace picked up in the second quarter.

Jackson's touchdown to Ricard pushed the lead to 10-0 before Houston answered with Watson's 10-yard touchdown pass to Darren Fells.

Tucker kicked a 39-yard field goal and Fort recovered Keke Coutee's fumble and returned 22 yards for a touchdown that gave the Ravens a 20-7 lead.

Fairbairn kicked a 44-yard field goal as time expired to pull the Texans within 20-10 at halftime.

--Field Level Media