NFL Preview: Houston Texans vs Baltimore Ravens Injury Updates, Predictions

Published 09/20/2020, 8:30 AM EDT
Sep 13, 2020; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back J.K. Dobbins (27) runs the ball against Cleveland Browns at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Leah Stauffer-USA TODAY Sports


Baltimore Ravens proved why they have one of the highest-rated offense scores in the league in Week One. The Lamar Jackson-led outfit condemned Cleveland Browns to an embarrassing 38-6 loss last weekend. They will play away to Houston Texans on Sunday with the hope of extending their winning start to the 2020 NFL season.

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On the flip-side, the Texans suffered a 20-34 loss to Patrick Mahomes’ Kansas City Chiefs on opening day. Deshaun Watson will be eager to prove a point when going up against one of the best teams in the league.

But can coach Bill O’Brien lead the Texans to pull off the unthinkable? Here’s a detailed look at both teams, along with injury updates and Week Two matchday predictions.

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Houston Texans face a tough challenge in Week Two on home turf

The Deshaun Watson-led Houston Texans endured a tough start to their 2020 NFL campaign with a loss to the reigning champions, Kansas City Chiefs.

They are slated to face yet another Top-3 team this weekend in the form of Baltimore Ravens on home soil. Coach Bill O’Brien is yet to give the Texans offense a sense of purpose as they displayed a certain hesitation during the loss to the Chiefs.

Deshaun Watson will have WR Will Fuller for support, along with veteran RB David Johnson. The latter was decent against the Chiefs last week and could help the team if given more plays to run on Sunday.

Texans DE JJ Watt is a slight injury concern for this game but is still expected to make the starting line-up at the NRG Stadium on Sunday.

Baltimore Ravens eager to put in another strong offensive display in Texas

Reigning NFL MVP Lamar Jackson effectively proved why he is so highly rated in last week’s resounding win over the Browns. The Florida-born quarterback threw for 275 yards and completed three passing TDs in that game.

He was supported well by running backs, Mark Ingram and JK Dobbins. Ravens’ wideouts, Marquise Brown, Willie Snead, Mark Andrews, and Miles Boykin also put in a strong display and will be pivotal in Sunday’s outing against the Texans.

Coach John Harbaugh will back his Pro Bowl defensive duo of Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters to cause all sorts of trouble for the Texans. It will take a combined effort by the Ravens defense to thwart the aggressive Deshaun Watson, that too away from home in Texas.

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NFL Preview: Houston Texans vs Baltimore Ravens Injury Updates

Houston – Questionable

WR Brandin Cooks – Quad

T Tytus Howard – Ankle

RB Duke Johnson – Ankle

LB Peter Kalambayi – Hamstring

Baltimore – Out

DT Justin Madubuike – Knee

WR Chris Moore – Finger

Questionable

CB Jimmy Smith – Hip

RB Justice Hill – Thigh

T Ronnie Stanley – Hip

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Texans vs Ravens Prediction

Houston Texans 24 – 37 Baltimore Ravens

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Sep 13, 2020; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Willie Snead IV (83) celebrates a touchdown with Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Marquise Brown (15) against Cleveland Browns during the 3rd quarter at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Leah Stauffer-USA TODAY Sports

Baltimore Ravens started the 2020 NFL season as favorites to reach the Super Bowl this year. Their display in the season opener against Cleveland Browns proved exactly why they are one of the most feared teams in the league.

Coach Harbaugh has instilled a winning mentality into his squad players over the last couple of years. They will not allow the Texans to rest at any moment of Sunday’s game at the NRG Stadium.

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It’s going to be a battle of two young quarterbacks this weekend and we couldn’t have asked for anything better. Game on!

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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