Here's a selection of national media predictions for Monday night's Ravens-Texans matchup:
• SI.com's Peter King believes the Ravens will be motivated after last week's loss to Pittsburgh.
Ravens 23, Texans 20: The Ravens are tough to forecast, but I do know this: prime time, Monday night, coming off a loss to their bitter rivals, ticked off ... they'll not only win, but also get one heck of a talking-to on the field before the game from Ray Lewis.
• Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com sees the Ravens opening up their passing game to beat Houston.
Ravens 30, Texans 24: The Texans really struggle on defense, especially against the pass. I look for Joe Flacco to have a big day throwing the football. He just needs to watch out for those blitzes better. Houston doesn't keep up against that Baltimore defense.
• The Ravens are the favorites among NFL experts at ESPN.
• All four ESPN Sunday Countdown analysts are picking the Ravens.
• At CBSSports.com, four out of five analysts are picking the Ravens on the road.
• FanHouse.com's Dave Goldberg forecasts a 17-16 Ravens victory.
Houston is a team that is close enough to good to frustrate its supporters.
• LaVar Arrington of WashingtonPost.com believes the Ravens will rebound in Houston.
This will be a big game for the Ravens. They will show up.
• The Sports Network's Scott Garbarini says the Texans have too many holes to keep up with the Ravens.
Ravens 23, Texans 17: Texans have too many issues on defense to hang with a more complete Baltimore team that will be set on atoning for last week's misstep against the Steelers.
• Cris Collinsworth and the rest of Showtime's Inside the NFL crew like the Ravens.
• Baltimore is the uncontested favorite among the six Sporting News NFL analysts.
[Compiled by Mike Miller]