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Texans vs. Ravens 2017: Time, TV schedule for ‘Monday Night Football’

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The Texans will fly to Baltimore for a date with the Ravens.

While the Baltimore Ravens are fighting to remain in the playoff hunt, the Houston Texans are desperately trying to salvage their season. The Ravens are currently the sixth seed in the AFC playoff picture, and the Texans are well behind at the 13th seed. Now, the teams will collide during Monday Night Football in Baltimore at 8:30 p.m. ET. ESPN (live stream) will broadcast the action from the M&T Bank Stadium.

Baltimore (5-5) has been one of the more inconsistent teams this season, especially on offense. The Ravens’ fifth-ranked defense continues to make plays — but their 31st-ranked offense struggles with consistency. The Ravens offense must score points against the Texans, who average 26.7 points per game. Last week, the Ravens forced five turnovers in a 23-0 win against the Green Bay Packers. But Baltimore cannot let its defense to do all the work each week, so the offense has to elevate its play.

Houston (4-6) is coming off a 31-21 win against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 11. This Tom Savage-led offense scored four touchdowns against the Cardinals, but Houston’s offense will need another dominant performance to knock off Baltimore. The Texans have to run the ball effectively against Baltimore’s 23rd-ranked rush defense. Houston’s 15th-best rush offense — led by running back Lamar Miller — is capable of wearing down Baltimore’s physical defense. The Texans have to set the tone on the ground early and often.

Time, TV channel, and streaming info

  • Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
  • Location: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Md.
  • TV: ESPN
  • Streaming: WatchESPN
  • Odds: Baltimore is favored by 7 points

Texans vs. Ravens News

  • Tom Savage doesn’t take offense at the boos of Texans fans:

Tom Savage has gotten booed a lot by Texans fans. Sometimes it’s because of his performance. Sometimes it’s because a play went awry. Sometimes it’s just frustration that he’s not Deshaun Watson. Regardless of why he hears it from fans, you have to appreciate his level-headed take on people audibly expressing their displeasure and his mature/self-deprecating take on the relationship between fans and players.

  • Houston Texans claim Andre Ellington off waivers and cut Josh Johnson:

Ellington struggled to get playing time for the Cardinals behind David Johnson and then Adrian Peterson. Ellington originally rose to prominence during his rookie and sophomore NFL seasons, where he appeared prominently as a third down back in Arizona’s offensive system. Ellington will most likely slot in behind Lamar Miller and perhaps Alfred Blue (at least to start) in Houston.

  • Cohen’s Corner: These Ravens are not the 2015 Broncos:

The formula for the 2015 Broncos on their Super Bowl run was simple: great defense with just enough offense.

The Broncos led the NFL in total defense in 2015, and despite having Brock Osweiler and a shell of Peyton Manning at quarterback, Denver went on to win the Super Bowl.

The Ravens are built in a similar way in 2017. The Ravens have great defense, and at times, just enough offense. The problem is, unlike the 2015 Broncos, the Ravens offense is too much of a burden for the defense to carry.

  • Ravens LB Matthew Judon named AFC Defensive Player of the Week:

Judon may have had the best game of his career against Green Bay. He had two sacks and a forced fumble. Not to mention, he was vital in stopping the run.

Judon was a fifth-round pick in the 2016 NFL draft. He played college football at Grand Valley State University. Judon, in his final year at Grand Valley State University, finished with 20 sacks, which helped him win the Gene Upshaw Award.

Ravens vs. Texans prediction

The Ravens defense will win this game for Baltimore. Their offense, led by quarterback Joe Flacco, will do just enough to help Baltimore walk away victorious. In fact, all of SB Nation’s NFL experts picked Baltimore to win this game.


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