Texans vs. Ravens: 5 Bold Predictions for Week 3


Sep 15, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans tight end Owen Daniels (81) celebrates a third quarter touchdown against Tennessee Titans safety Bernard Pollard (31) at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Here are my week three “5 Bold Predictions” for the Houston Texans at the Baltimore Ravens. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. EST on CBS.

1. Texans offense will suffer without left tackle Duane Brown
This game is going to be one of the most interesting games of the week for the fact the Houston Texans and the Baltimore Ravens are both missing big parts of their offense.

The running game of the Texans has to suffer some, and my hope is Ryan Harris can protect quarterback Matt Schaub from a tough Ravens defense. But to say they will run as well as they would if Brown was playing …. I just can’t say that. We’ll know soon enough.

2. The Ravens will be held to under 100 yards rushing
I know Ray Rice’s stats aren’t what they are normally are, but are the Ravens better without the services of Rice? Nope, so this week I feel will be much tougher on their offense with the Texans not having to worry about Rice this week and they can focus on Bernard Pierce.

The battle between the two lines of the team will be must watch in this game.

3. The “Star of the Game” will be Owen Daniels
I really like what I’ve seen from the tight end Owen Daniels this season. I see the Ravens focusing on the Texans two-back running game, and the two big receivers in Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins.

With that said, that will leave Daniels to sneak through the cracks and get over 100 yards receiving today. (Hey, I said these are bold predictions.)

4. Randy Bullock will rebound from last week
Hopefully Texans kicker Randy Bullock won’t have to attempt field goals for 50 or more yards this week. I say if he can get a few “easier” kicks inside 45 yards he’ll have a great opportunity to put the dismal week two performance behind him.

5. Final Result: Texans 35, Ravens 21
I just see the Texans taking advantage of the the Ravens bad fortunes (no Ray Rice) than the Ravens doing the same to Texans. This game will be very competitive and fun for those who watch, but even more exciting for the fans of the Texans.