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MVP vs Rookie of the Year?

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  • Who: Houston Texans @ Baltimore Ravens
  • When: Saturday, Jan 20 at 4:30PM ET
  • Where: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD
  • How to watch: ABC/ESPN

Here. We. Go. The Number 1 seeds enter the fray and it’s the new AFC North Champions who kick things off in the Divisional Round.

Baltimore Ravens topped the strongest division in football and the AFC with a 13-4 record, the best in the NFL this season. Lamar Jackson, odds on to earn his second MVP award, has been in inspired form – with wins over the 49ers and a five-touchdown display against the Dolphins cementing his favoritism down the stretch.

The Quarterback’s playoff record is less envious, however. One win from four starts, five interceptions versus four touchdowns (three passing, one rushing), and a passer rating of 68.3. It’s time for Jackson to change the narrative – and expectation is high with the AFC having to go through Baltimore.

Wide Receiver Zay Flowers has given Baltimore an extra weapon this year, announcing himself to the big league with 77 receptions and 858 yards in 16 games – a franchise record for a rookie. He’s one of several players to step up in the absence of Jackson’s favorite target, Mark Andrews. More on him later…

On the other side of the ball, Baltimore sits on or around the top of many defensive rankings. They lead the league in sacks and points allowed per game, and are right up there when it comes to yards allowed and interceptions. This defense is the star of a very good all-round show.

But that won’t bother the Houston Texans, who arrive in Maryland brimming with confidence. Cleveland’s defense was ripped apart from the rookie sensation CJ Stroud, who lit up last weekend on his way to becoming the youngest Quarterback to ever win a playoff game.

Three first-half touchdowns in a record-breaking rookie display left the Browns shell-shocked, with Texans even taking out Stroud in the final stages of a 45-14 win. Statement made.

Team News - Tight End, tight schedule

Mark Andrews has been the Ravens’ Mr Reliable and Lamar Jackson’s go-to for several years, but the Tight End hasn’t been seen since picking up an ankle injury in mid-November. They’ve coped admirably without the three-time Pro Bowler – mainly thanks to Isaiah Likely – but he could be back on the field this weekend. And that would be huge.

Houston Texans: Brown and out

Talented rookie receiver Tank Dell was ruled out for the year in midseason, and now fellow pass-catcher Noah Brown joins him on IR. Brown wasn’t needed in the Wildcard win against Cleveland, but he did come up big for CJ Stroud this year. It leaves the Texans with an inexperienced WR corps – Nico Collins needs another BIG game.

Will Anderson and Jonathan Greenard played through their injuries last week. Jerry Hughes did not. It remains to be seen whether the Defensive End will return in time to face the Ravens.

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Form Guide

Season Record

Baltimore Ravens: 13-4 (1st in the AFC North)

Houston Texans: 10-7 (1st in the AFC South)


Final Five

Ravens: WWWWL

Texans: WLLWW


Previous Meeting

Ravens 25-9 Texans (Week 1)


Cleveland took down Houston in the regular season but failed miserably last weekend. Could that be the case here too? Ravens won 25-9 back in Week 1 but daymmm, CJ was just getting warmed up. Last week showed us that the Texans are now a very different beast.

FlashPicks prediction

We love what the Texans are doing right now under first-year Head Coach DeMeco Ryans. CJ Stroud announced himself on the biggest stage last week and this won’t be the last you see of him in the NFL Playoffs.

But we expect Baltimore Ravens to shut ‘em down. That extra week to prepare will have the hosts ready for everything the Texans can throw at them. And at the end of the day, the Ravens are just a superior team at this point. Houston, you have a problem.

Moneyline Pick: Ravens (-400)

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Spread Pick: Ravens -9 (-105)

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Totals Pick: Under 46 (-110)

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