NFL Playoff hopefuls Baltimore and Houston will face off Sunday at 1 PM ET from NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. Ravens vs Texans NFL Week 16 Betting Odds have Baltimore -6 with 64% expert NFL predictions on the road favorite. Baltimore (9-5 SU 7-6-1 ATS) is coming off a tougher than expected 20-12 win over Jacksonville as -14 home favorites. Houston (7-7 SU 8-5-1 ATS) is down to their 4th string quarterback and most recently lost 10-17 as +7 road underdogs to Indianapolis. Can the Texans stay in the playoff hunt without a true NFL-caliber starting QB? Our expert handicappers give away their Ravens vs Texans predictions. NFL Week 16 Betting Odds have the Texans as +180 underdogs to win straight up (Bet $100 to win $180) at BOVADA.LV
Ravens vs Texans Predictions Analysis: The Texans will start short, short-armed and inexperienced QB Case Keenum against one of the best defenses in the NFL. Baltimore’s defense (6th points allowed) must contend with All-Pro RB Arian Foster (4.9 yards per carry 8 TD’s) but Keenum’s limitations as a passer will be the Texans undoing. Baltimore will stack the box to stop Foster and dare the 25-year old Keenum (78.2 career passer rating) to throw downfield. The Texans makeshift QB gets All-Pro WR Andre Johnson back from injury but the aging star has averaged only 10.7 yards per reception this year. Baltimore’s offense led by explosive RB Justin Forsett (5.4 yards per carry 8 TD’s) will help keep Texans strong pass-rush at bay and give QB Joe Flacco (94.8 passer rating) time to throw. The Ravens vs Texans NFL Week 16 Betting Odds Over/Under is at 41.5 points
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ESPN2 News Bottom Line: The Ravens have the better offense, defense, special teams, coaching and quarterback in rifle-armed Joe Flacco. Baltimore’s pass-rush ranks 4th in sacks and should plant the greenhorn Keenum with regularity. The Texans 26th ranked pass-defense will have trouble contending with a diverse set of Ravens receiving options. The hidden ATS nugget is the payback factor Baltimore offensive coordinator Gark Kubiak feels after being canned a year ago as the Texans head coach. Play Baltimore as the road favorite to dominate and get Kubiak his sweet revenge.
Expert NFL Predictions Play: Baltimore -6 spread