AFC Divisional Playoffs: Texans (#3) at Ravens (#2)

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Houston Texans (#3) at Baltimore Ravens (#2)

Sunday, January 15th, 1:00 PM ET | TV: CBS

Texans Coverage: Battle Red Blog

Ravens Coverage: Baltimore Beatdown

The outcome of today's final AFC Divisional Playoff game will have a direct impact on the New England Patriots: the Patriots will play the winner in next weekend's AFC Championship game.

The Baltimore Ravens are the clear favorites in this match-up, and most prognosticators are picking them to win this game handily. However, I wouldn't be so quick to overlook the Texans. Sure, Houston lost the earlier match-up to the Ravens 29-14, but that was a long time ago and both teams are very different. Against the Bengals last week, the Texans proved to be dominant up front, and I think their game with the Ravens today will be very physical. It's hard to give either the Texans or Ravens the edge in terms of their rushing attack, and while Joe Flacco represents an upgrade to TJ Yates, but Yates also has Andre Johnson to throw to.

Overall, I'm predicting a game that is going to be a lot closer than people think. While I'm tempted to go with the underdog Texans, I think experience gives the Ravens the slight advantage in a game that could go either way. Greg's Prediction: Ravens 20 Texans 19

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