The Baltimore Ravens and Houston Texans get the marquee CBS afternoon slot in Week 2. Depending on where you are, your area might pick up the signal for the KC Chiefs and LA Chargers. We have you covered for both games at The Sports Geek in Week 2 of the NFL schedule.
The Texans get a little bit of extra time to prepare for the Ravens after debuting in the season opener last Thursday in Kansas City. They will need all of the time they can get to prepare after a 34-20 loss in Week 1. Conversely, the Ravens were 38-6 winners at home against the Cleveland Browns. An easy cover and win for us last week.
The Chiefs ran all over the Texans and now they have to play the Ravens right after the next week. The schedule makers did the Texans no favors to open the season. They get who many argue are the two best teams in the NFL back-to-back to start the 2020 campaign.
If you’re a fan of the Texans and an optimist, you could make the argument that the Texans are going to be better prepared this week after having to play the defending champs in Week 1. There was no easy warm up spot for the Texans. The Chiefs on the road was the most difficult position a team could be in for a season opener.
Rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire gashed the Texans’ defense for 138 yards and a touchdown on 5.5 yards per carry. He made it look easy in his first ever appearance as an NFL running back. The Texans must be better by tenfold on Sunday against the run or the Ravens will run away with the game.
There is no secret about what the Ravens are going to want to do with the football in Houston. The Texans and everyone else knows what’s coming, but stopping it is an entirely different story. Baltimore will gash and slash up the middle with Lamar Jackson and a whole host of talented running backs.
Last week it was Jackson and his arm that did most of the work, but against a beatable Houston defense versus the run, we could see more of the ground attack. Jackson passed for 275 yards and 3 touchdowns with a special QBR of 152.1.
We’ll see his arm again, though the run game is likely going to be unleashed. Deshaun Watson will need more time to throw if the Texans are going to have a chance in keeping up with the Ravens. Head below for our free Baltimore Ravens vs. Houston Texans pick for NFL Week 2.
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The Texans had no concept on how to stop the run against the Chiefs in the season opener. They were rolled over for 166 yards and 4.9 yards per carry on 34 carries. That’s not going to work against the Ravens.
The Ravens ran over everybody a season ago, as they carried the ball for 5.5 yards per carry. They gained 3,296 yards on the ground, while the next closest team, the 49ers, ran for 2,305 yards. There wasn’t much discussion on who the best ground team was. It resembled an efficient college offense in that regard.
In 2019 it was more of a pass defensive issue for the Texans. They gave up 267.2 yards per game through the air. There were only three teams in the league worse at defending the pass than the Texans were. Considering how effective the Chiefs were on the ground, the Chiefs didn’t really have to unload their passing attack with Mahomes.
However, Mahomes still managed to throw 3 touchdown passes and complete 24 for 32 passes. The Ravens will likely be able to pick their poison in this game and have success offensively. The onus will be on Deshaun Watson and the Texans’ offense on Sunday in Houston.
He wasn’t bad in Week 1, but the offensive line didn’t give him much of a chance. David Johnson did look sharp, though, with 77 yards on 7 yards per carry and a touchdown. There were no issues with the run blocking and backfield. The Ravens got caught on their heels against the Browns on the ground.
Cleveland gained 138 yards rushing on 5.1 yards per carry. Watson on the road should prove to be a bigger challenge than Baker Mayfield on the road. Sure, Watson didn’t look great in Week 1, but back in Houston, it’s unlikely he’s going to go down in this game without fighting hard.
At home last season, Watson threw for 14 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. Conversely, on the road, he threw for 12 touchdowns and 9 interceptions for a shoddy 93 QBR. He can be a different player in Houston versus elsewhere. Fans won’t be in the seats, but that only helps the Baltimore offense, and shouldn’t hurt Watson at all. I can see a 33-20 or 35-27 game between the Ravens and Texans in Week 2. A look at the OVER doesn’t hurt.