Bovada Sportsbook NFL Betting Lines: Ravens Host Texans
Sunday, January 15, 2012
by Bovada Sportsbook
As good as the Baltimore Ravens have been since head coach John Harbaugh took over, the team has yet to play a home playoff game under him. That all changes on Sunday when the AFC North champs host Houston Texans in the early game of the day. Baltimore is a 9-point favorite on Bovada Sportsbook’s NFL playoffs lines with live play-by-play betting available.
The total is only at 35.5 for this one, by far the lowest of the weekend, as Houston had the NFL’s No. 2 overall defense in the regular season, while Baltimore was No. 3. The Ravens were also No. 3 in scoring defense (16.6 ppg), while Houston was No. 4 (17.4).
The Texans beat Cincinnati last week 31-10 in the first playoff game in franchise history. Running back Arian Foster was the star, rushing for 153 yards and two scores. Defensive end J.J. Watt gave Houston the lead for good when he returned the first of Bengals rookie QB Andy Dalton's three interceptions 29 yards for a score that broke a 10-all tie with 52 seconds left in the half. The Ravens were on a bye last week.
Houston played in Baltimore in Week 6, with the Ravens winning 29-14. Baltimore QB Joe Flacco threw for 305 yards and ran for a score, and Billy Cundiff kicked five field goals. The Ravens held Houston scoreless over the final 21 minutes – Houston led 14-13 in the third quarter -- and limited Foster to 49 yards on 15 attempts. Baltimore allowed only 58 yards and three first downs in the final 15 minutes while outscoring Houston 13-0.
The Texans played that game without star WR Andre Johnson (he’s back now and had five catches for 90 yards and a TD last week) and still had No. 1 QB Matt Schaub back then. Of course now the Houston signal-caller is rookie T.J. Yates, who didn’t see the field in the first meeting. The Texans 0-5 against Baltimore since entering the NFL in 2002 (1-4 ATS). The Ravens were 8-0 at home this season (4-3-1 ATS). The last time Baltimore hosted a playoff game was in 2007, a 15-6 loss to the Colts.
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