The Houston Texans are like the Ravens’ fraternal twin.
Deshaun Watson is a young, dangerous quarterback who can beat you on the ground and through the air, and their offense can pull off terrifying campaigns of 50+ points. Where Baltimore has a good power rusher in Mark Ingram II, Houston brings to the table two speedy former Browns players in Carlos Hyde and Duke Johnson.
The reason the Texans are only 4-3, though, is their underperforming defense – which has let a couple close wins slow the momentum of the team.
Specifically, there was the case of the Week 1 matchup against New Orleans, when the Saints needed to get around eight yards to reach winning field goal range. Instead, the Texans defense set up in a “prevent” formation, which had their safeties and cornerbacks prepared to stop a touchdown. The Saints easily got the short yardage they needed and kicked the field goal for the win.
If the Texans defense puts on a good game at home on Sunday Night Football against the Pats, it’ll be a close fight. There can’t be any weak links, though… and with Houston you’ll often find one.