NFL Week 7: Ravens vs. Texans


Oct 2012

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Baltimore Ravens (+7) @ Houston Texans (-7) Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012 1 p.m. ET

With the first six weeks of the 2012 NFL season in the books, the Houston Texans (5-1) and Baltimore Ravens (5-1) have proven to be the best all-around teams in the AFC Conference. The combination of potent offense and lockdown defense has been the key to success for these two AFC heavyweights as they’ve dominated the competition week in and week out. Both teams have been exposed at times this season, but remain resilient in their attempt to win their respective division titles and cruise into the playoffs for an opportunity to ultimately represent the AFC in the Super Bowl. Before the loss to the Green Bay Packers in Week 6, the Texans were flirting with an undefeated season as Matt Schaub and company were doing everything right in the first fives games. With Schaub getting it done through the air and Pro Bowler Arian Foster not missing a beat in the ground game, Houston seemed to have the total package offensively until they met an equally talented offense in Aaron Rodgers’ Packers last Sunday. Despite the loss to Green Bay, the Texans seem destined to win the AFC South division title for a second consecutive season. Without much competition within the division after the departure of Peyton Manning, Houston will likely cruise to a division title and possibly the Super Bowl unless the Ravens prove to be the better all-around team. Over the last decade or so, the offense has been questionable at best in Baltimore with Ray Lewis and Ed Reed leading the defense and keeping the team in the playoff hunt. Now that Joe Flacco has shown signs of life under center and Ray Rice is getting it done out of the backfield, Baltimore is no longer one-dimensional and has proven to be a force to be reckoned in the conference. Even though the Ravens are firing on all cylinders at the moment riding a four-game winning streak heading into Sunday’s matchup with the Texans, Baltimore suffered two huge losses on defense last week with Lewis and Lardarius Webb going down for the season with injuries. Obviously, Lewis is the biggest loss here and may impact this team in more ways that one moving forward. With Lewis and Webb out for the season, it’s uncertain how well the defense will function in Week 7 and that leads me to believe that taking the Texans to cover the -7 point spread is the best bet here. Houston will be playing at home and looking to take advantage of the holes in the defenses.

Prediction: Texans -7

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