In the NFL’s second round of the playoffs on Saturday, the Houston Texans will face the Baltimore Ravens, and the Green Bay Packers will face the San Francisco 49ers. The Texans, led by Rookie of the Year favorite C.J. Stroud, are coming off an impressive 45-14 win against the Cleveland Browns. Despite their success, the Texans are dealing with injuries, particularly in their receiving corps, making their matchup against the Ravens challenging. The Ravens, with quarterback Lamar Jackson, are looking to prove themselves as legitimate contenders after a string of playoff losses.
In the other game, the Packers, led by first-year starter Jordan Love, will take on the 49ers, who have won their last four meetings. Both teams have seen success with their young quarterbacks, with Love throwing 21 touchdown passes with just one interception over his last nine games. Meanwhile, the 49ers have seen excellent performance from rookie QB Brock Purdy and running back Christian McCaffrey.
Injuries are a concern for both teams, with significant players on the injury report for each. The weather is also playing a factor, with cold temperatures expected in Baltimore and intermittent rain forecasted in Santa Clara for the 49ers game.
In terms of betting trends, the Texans are trying to overcome long odds, while Jackson’s teams have historically performed below expectations. Love will be looking to maintain his impressive performance in the playoffs. As for wagers, Stroud is expected to exceed his passing yards total, and the 49ers are favored to win against the Packers. Despite the challenges, both games promise to be exciting matchups in the NFL playoffs.