Texans vs Ravens Odds, Picks, and Divisional Round Predictions: Can Stroud Pick Apart Ravens Pass Defense?


The Baltimore Ravens are heavy favorites over the Houston Texans this Saturday, and if things develop as expected, Texans QB C.J. Stroud could be in for a busy day, per our NFL betting picks.

Following a convincing win vs. what was a great defense on paper, the Houston Texans will take their playoff hopes on the road to a waiting Baltimore Ravens team that enters as 9.5-point favorites, has the league’s likely MVP, had more wins than any other team, and beat the best clubs in the league with ease in the regular season. They’re also among the favorites in the Super Bowl odds.

Despite the uphill battle and a move from a 2.5-point dog to a 10-point one in the NFL odds week-to-week, C.J. Stroud’s passing attempts have opened at the same number as last week. Considering the potential game script, should bettors be backing his Overs despite the tough matchup?


I break down the Divisional Round odds and offer my free NFL picks for Texans vs. Ravens for Saturday, January 20.

Texans vs Ravens odds

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Texans vs Ravens predictions

The Baltimore Ravens have an elite defense, but when you win as much as the Ravens do, opposing teams have to increase the passing game more. That’s something bettors will hopefully see this Saturday in Baltimore.

The Ravens are a heavy 9.5-point favorite, meaning Houston Texans quarterback C.J. Stroud could be upping his pass frequency late in th is game, making the C.J. Stroud odds on Over 35.5 pass attempts at plus money my favorite bet on the board.


This was the same number as last week when he was a 2.5-point favorite, and I think there has to be a bigger jump just on game script alone in this prop. Yes, it’s outdoors vs. one of the best defenses in football, but on the season, only the Eagles allowed more pass attempts than the Ravens who averaged 37.3 per contest.

Stroud threw the ball 44 times in Week 1 vs. the Ravens and still took five sacks. He was quick to get the ball out last week with a time to throw a half-second better than his regular season numbers. He was one of the lowest aggressive passers last week, meaning he made the easier completions.

The Texans vs. Ravens weather report is calling for 15 to 20 mph winds, but that could also be in his favor with shorter throws which have higher probabilities of completion.

Baltimore has been a favorite by a TD or more four times this year, and each time the opposing QB has thrown the ball 37 or more times. These aren’t even good QBs, as Gardner Minshew threw the ball 44 times while Josh Dobbs had 37 passes. Three of those games were at home as well.

During Baltimore’s six-game winning streak prior to Week 18, five of those six games topped 38 enemy passing attempts, with the only one hitting the Under being the game Joe Burrow got hurt. Over Baltimore’s final five wins, it’s faced 38, 46, 43, 41, and 44 pass attempts.

It doesn’t matter who is under center, game script is the most important thing when looking at pass volume. Houston could be passing a ton in this one if a healthy and motivated Baltimore team continues to dominate its opponents, especially early.

Every losing QB last week had at least 35 pass attempts with a median of 37.5, and every one of them hit the Over on their pass attempts by an average of 7.7.


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