Media roundup: Who's picking the Ravens?

December 10, 2010

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]

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