Houston Texans @ Baltimore Ravens Sun. Jan. 15, 2012 1 p.m. EST
Coming into their first playoff game in franchise history, the Houston Texans had to depend on a rookie quarterback in T.J. Yates to get them through to the Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs. Fortunately, Yates was up to the task as the rookie threw for 159 yards and one passing touchdown with no interceptions in order to lead his team to a first playoff win in franchise history over the Cincinnati Bengals.
Even though T.J. Yates was impressive in his first playoff start, the Texans really got the best of the Bengals in the ground game with Pro Bowl running back Arian Foster stepping up and rushing for 153 yards and two touchdowns. With Foster playing up to his ability and Yates getting the job done, the Texans were able to move on in the playoffs, but now will have to face off against arguably their toughest challenge of the season in the form of the Baltimore Ravens.
With a week to heal up and get ready for their first playoff game, the Baltimore Ravens should be at 100% when they defend their home field against the Houston Texans on Sunday. Despite being somewhat streaky throughout the season, it would be hard to argue that the Ravens are one of the league’s elite teams and should be able to advance to the AFC Championship game as a result.
As of right now, the Baltimore Ravens are the favorites to advance with a -9 point spread. This is too high in my opinion.
My Pick: Take the Texans at +9