Houston Texans: Top 5 Non-Divisional Matchups for 2020 season

Houston Texans, Deshaun Watson (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
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2: Baltimore Ravens, Week 2, 3:25 PM, CBS, NRG Stadium

The 2019 reigning MVP, Lamar Jackson, is looking to take the Patrick Mahomes level next step in his career after winning the NFL’s top individual award. Houston will be looking to put a damper on that attempt and look to win in a matchup that could serve as an early-season confidence boost.

Houston has a tough start to month by opening the regular season against the Kansas City Chiefs, so defeating the Ravens would be a great tiebreaker to have for playoff seeding purposes. All-time, including playoffs, the Texans own a brutal 2-9 record against the Ravens, and that needs to change.

The high octane Ravens’ offense should expect a new force upfront with Ross Blacklock crashing through the middle to greet the rushing attack consisting of Mark Ingram, J.K Dobbins, and company. If the run can be slowed down, Houston holds a fighting chance against Baltimore.

The Ravens destroyed the Texans 41-7 at home as Houston was coming off the bye week without J.J. Watt, Bradley Roby, or Will Fuller. Now Texans hold a better chance of facing the Ravens at home with what likely will be a fresher and healthy group for Week 2 of this upcoming season.