Monday Night Football Preview
Houston Texans at Baltimore Ravens
Spread Ravens -7.5 | Over/Under 39
The Houston Texans travel to Baltimore to take on the Ravens on Monday Night Football, closing out Week 12. The 4-6 Texans snapped a three-match losing run when they beat the Cardinals 31-21 in Week 11. Baltimore had lost two of three before their Week 1o bye. But they beat the Packers 23-0 in Week 11 for their third shutout of the season. The last meeting in Baltimore came in Week 3 of the 2013 season. Baltimore won 30-9, thanks to three field goals from Justin Tucker and an interception return touchdown as well as a punt return for a score.
Joe Flacco leads the Ravens in passing yards, with 1734, and has five passing scores in his last four games. He has only nine touchdown passes on the whole season, with 11 interceptions. The Texans have allowed at least 257 passing yards in their last four games. They’ve also allowed multiple passing touchdowns in five of their last six, with three each in their last two games.
Since the season-ending injury suffered by DeShaun Watson, Tom Savage has started the last three games. He set career highs last week with two touchdown passes and a 68.7% completion rate. The Ravens have not allowed a 300-yard passer since Week 2. They have only allowed multiple passing scores in two of their ten games this season.
With 570 rushing yards, Alex Collins is the leading rusher for the Ravens. He is averaging 85.3 yards from scrimmage in his last four home games. He has scored just one rushing touchdown this season. Buck Allen leads the team with 40 receptions, with 198 yards and two scores through the air. Former Chargers back Danny Woodhead has played just twice this season. He has rushed twice for six yards, but also has eight catches for 54 yards. The Texans have not allowed a running back rushing touchdown since Week 1. They’ve allowed 40 receptions to tailbacks, the fourth lowest in the league.
Lamar Miller has averaged 16.2 rush attempts per game on his way to 604 yards this season. He may see more work after the loss due to an injury of D’Onta Foreman. The rookie had 327 yards and two scores in 2017. The Texans did claim Andre Ellington off waivers following his release from the Cardinals. He hasn’t rushed for more than 40 yards in a game since Week 10 of 2015. The Ravens allowed at least 151 yards to backs in three of four games between weeks three and seven. Since then, they’ve held tailbacks to 2.56 yards per attempt.
Former Chiefs and Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin leads the team in receiving yards with 344. He has a touchdown catch in two of his last three home games. Mike Wallace has a touchdown catch in each of his last two games but has just 23 receptions this season. No other Ravens wide receiver has more than 12 catches or 96 receiving yards. Only two teams have allowed more wide receiver touchdowns than the Texans 13 this season. Wide receivers have amassed at least 110 receiving yards in eight of their ten games this season. Last week was their first game with only one receiving touchdown to a wideout since Week 6.
DeAndre Hopkins leads the NFL with nine touchdown receptions and has the team lead with 879 receiving yards. Will Fuller has seven touchdown catches on just 17 receptions on the season. Bruce Ellington, the cousin of newly signed Andre, has 25 receptions for 294 yards with two touchdowns. The Ravens have allowed the 4th fewest receiving yards to wide receivers this season. But the fewest yards they have allowed in their last four games is 115.
With 39 receptions, veteran tight end Ben Watson is second on the Ravens behind Allen. He has 294 yards, the third most this season. Nick Boyle has 19 grabs for 140 scoreless yards. Maxx Williams has played in just five games and has seen only 11 targets this season. He has caught all 11 of them, but for just 67 yards. The Texans have allowed 54 receptions to tight ends this season. This is the sixth highest in the league. They also allowed two touchdowns to Ricky Seals-Jones last week.
Texans tight end trio Stephen Anderson, Ryan Griffin, and C.J. Fiedorowicz have combined for just 38 receptions this season. They have 475 yards and a single touchdown between them. Six tight ends have more yards by themselves this season, while 12 have more receptions. The Ravens allowed four tight end touchdown receptions in weeks two and three, but in the next seven games, they’ve allowed just two. They both came in the same game.
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