NFL Game Previews: Breaking Down Week 12
NFL Game Previews: Breaking Down Week 12

This article is part of our NFL Game Previews series.

Houston (+7) at Baltimore, 38.0 o/u – Monday, 8:30 p.m. EST

The Story: I refuse to lower myself to making "savage" puns about the Texans QB situation, but Tom Savage actually managed to look competent last week against the Cards, topping a 7.0 YPA and completing over two-thirds of his passes. Doing the same against a Ravens defense that has two shutouts in its last three games will be a tall order, however. Granted, those shutouts came against Matt Moore and Brett Hundley, but hey, we're talking about Tom Savage here, not Tom Brady. It's a good thing Baltimore's defense has been so vicious too, because if any QB's play deserves an "uncivilized" description it's been Joe Flacco's.

The Skinny:
2017 HOU offense: 26.7 PPG (6th), 128.5 rushing yds/gm (5th), 243.1 passing yds/gm (17th), 32 sacks allowed (T-26th), 19 turnovers (30th)
2017 BAL offense: 21.3 PPG (T-17th), 114.6 rushing yds/gm (13th), 180.6 passing yds/gm (32nd), 22 sacks allowed (T-11th), 15 turnovers (T-19th)
2017 HOU defense: 26.2 PPG allowed (30th), 92.0 rushing yds/gm allowed (7th), 268.6 passing yds/gm allowed (28th), 25 sacks (15th), 14 turnovers (T-14th)
2017 BAL defense: 17.1 PPG allowed (3rd), 120.8 rushing yds/gm allowed (26th), 204.4 passing yds/gm allowed (2nd), 28 sacks (

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