After a Thursday Night Football loss, the Houston Texans have had a long week to prepare for the Baltimore Ravens. Despite the extra preparation time, the Texans are the home underdogs.
We have seen Deshaun Watson pull some rabbits out of his hat, so no outcome would be too shocking. Still, we could see some surprises in the game. With that in mind, here are three bold predictions for the Texans against the Ravens.
3. Texans Run for More Yards Than Baltimore
We saw Houston’s rushing attack total 118 yards in Week 1, led by David Johnson’s 77 yards. Facing a tough Cleveland Browns run defense, the Ravens opted to do their damage through the air, running for only 107 yards. While the Texans' defense is not as strong as it used to be, they’re still respectable overall, but the secondary has plenty of issues at cornerback, allowing Patrick Mahomes to complete 75 percent of his passes. The Ravens could recognize this and again take a pass-heavy approach, leading to the Texans running for more yards.
2. Deshaun Watson Gets Sacked Only Once
The pass protection for Watson has been an issue for some time, and it was a weakness again in Week 1. Watson ended up getting sacked four times. In 2019, Houston gave up 3.4 sacks per game (No. 30 in NFL). However, the long week of preparation should be good for multiple parts of their game, especially designing different protections to keep Watson, their best player, upright and dangerous.
1. Will Fuller Records Back-to-Back 100-Yard Games
Will Fuller looked good in Week 1, catching eight passes for 112 yards. With DeAndre Hopkins out of town, Fuller needs to stay healthy and emerge as the consistent top weapon for this team, if they want to have any success this season. He’s off to a good start. Fuller has game-breaking speed that is nearly impossible to cover for a full game. He should get loose eventually and, if he totals 100 yards, it would be his first back-to-back 100-yard games since 2018.
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