Sunday, January 15, 2012

I Ching Divisional Round NFL Playoffs Picks: Texans @ Ravens -9

Sunday 1:00 PM EST
Texans @ Ravens -9
Hexagram 33: Retreat
Here we have the second of three playoff rematches of regular season games this weekend. In the last encounter, also played in Baltimore, the Ravens won 29-14. Now these previous games are important to look at, but we also consider how the teams have changed since then. I would say the major difference for the Texans would be that Matt Schuab was still their starting quarterback in this Week 6 encounter. On this day, it will be rookie 5th round draft pick T.J. Yates starting at quarterback for Houston.
The defenses are both elite, (ranked 2nd and 3rd overall in the league), and Ravens’ quarterback Joe Flacco has struggled some this year, but the Ravens still have the better and more experienced signal caller leading them. Also, it’s important to keep in mind how good Baltimore has been against good teams this year. Three of their four losses came to teams who did not finish with winning records, and they went 6-1 overall to fellow playoff qualifiers. Take Baltimore at home and feel good about it.  

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