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

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OPENNER
54.5

-7.5 -102
CURRENT
54o -110

-155
MONEYLINE
+135

33
SCORE
16

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

 

PREDICTION
Baltimore Ravens
29
21
Houston Texans

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

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