The Boldin the Beautiful: the Lions versus the Texans

Posted by: Charlie Smith
Detroit Lions vs. Houston Texans Week 8 Odds Preview

The Detroit Lions will aim to extend their winning streak to four games when they visit the Houston Texans Sunday, October 30th at NRG Stadium. The online football betting odds for that game are the following:

Lions +2½ (-105) 45 (-110)
Texans -2½ (-115) 45 (-110)

The Lions (4-3) beat the Washington Redskins 20-17 this last Sunday. Starting QB Matthew Stafford hit wide receiver Anquan Boldin with 18-yard game-winning TD pass with 16 seconds remaining on the clock to seal the victory at home. “I cut it loose and I kind thought to myself, ‘We’re going either win the game or lose the game on this one,” the Detroit signal-caller said after the game. Those are indeed pretty much the only options available under the circumstances. Good thing he wasn’t planning on tying the score with that particular play. Stafford finished 18 of 29 for 266 yards, while Boldin had 28 yards on three receptions.

Texans QB Brock Osweiler fell extremely short of showing his former team what could have been, as Houston lost to the Denver Broncos 27-9 on Sunday. Osweiler threw 22 of 41 for 131 yards with no TDs or interceptions. All in all, Osweiler spent most of the game playing hot potato with the ball – admittedly a wholesome game that is fun for the entire family, but not exactly Houston fans doing some online football betting expect. The Texans quarterback was hit hard by the Broncos’ safeties, and while he avoided being sacked, Osweiler fumbled at the Houston 25, which resulted in a Denver field goal that was by all intents and purposes the final nail in the Texans’ coffin. Houston dropped to 4-3.

The Lions are on fire right now, having won three games in a row. However, those three games were played at Ford Field in Detroit. On the road, the Lions are 1-2. The Texans, on the other hand, have not been able to string back-to-back wins together since week 2, but they also have not lost two consecutive games this season. Furthermore, they have not lost at home yet. Having said that, even if the Lions were to be online football betting road dogs (Oh you didn’t know? You better call somebody) that would be the fifth time they have been underdogs this regular season. Detroit is 3-1 straight-up and covered three of their last four games.

Conversely, the Texans are the only team in the league that is undefeated straight-up (3-0) and against the spread (2-0-1) in games where they were the favorite at football betting site. In what could be seen as a microcosm of this match-up, Houston’s DeAndre Hopkins – one best receivers in the NFL right now – will be in action this Sunday, but the Lions’ top cornerback Darius Slay might not be there to keep Hopkins in check. Slay left the game against the Redskins with an injured hamstring, and his status for this weekend is unclear. Detroit is already without LB DeAndre Levy and defensive tackle Haloti Ngata. If Slay can’t make it, special teamer Johnson Bademosi would be in charge of covering Hopkins.