NFL Betting Odds for Wk 2’s Thursday Night FootballPosted by: Mike Davis
Online NFL betting sites are prepping for Week 2’s action. This past Sunday, players betting NFL online got treated to more got treated to more upsets and bombshells than any of us could have been prepared for. In summary, the Jacksonville Jaguars shocked the Houston Texans 29-7, the Detroit Lions stunned the Arizona Cardinals 35-23, and the Baltimore Ravens shut out Cincinnati 20-0. Will we continue to witness these types of results?
Online sportsbook players will get their first answer to this question this Thursday, when the Cincinnati Bengals host the Houston Texans. As aforementioned, both teams are coming off disappointing upsets and will be looking to bounce back by going each other’s throats. Let’s take a look at who the bookmakers are siding with.
Houston Texans vs. Cincinnati Bengals – Thursday, September 14th
When: 8:25 pm ET
Where: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati
TV: NFL Network
Stream: NFL Game Pass
Online NFL Betting Odds:
Houston Texans TBP
Cincinnati Bengals TBP
The Texans are coming off a 9-7 season that saw the franchise finish 1st in the AFC South. It’s no understatement to say that the Texans’ defense carried them to that finish considering that Houston had problems at the quarterback position all season long. With Brock Osweiler out of the picture, many online NFL betting fans felt that the Texans could very well win the division, if not the conference, this season. Unfortunately, Week 1’s results don’t exactly coincide with that belief.
Houston opened up their 2017 season by hosting the Jacksonville Jaguars, a team that finished 3-13 and last in the division in 2016. Naturally, the Texans came into this Week 1 contest as heavy online sportsbook favorites, and everybody in the country felt that Houston was an easy pick over the Jaguars. Nobody was expecting Jacksonville to come in and win the game.
That’s exactly what happened as the Jaguars came in and delivered a 29-7 beating to the reigning AFC South champions. Tom Savage vastly underperformed in his 2017 debut, posting a 66.8 passer rating and finishing the day without a touchdown. Deshaun Watson got to come into the game but delivered similar results; a 60.4 passer rating and an interception.
While it’s not surprising to see the Texans offense struggle, it was shocking to see last year’s No. 1 defense give up 29 points to the lowly Jaguars. However, looking over the stats, it’s clear that the Texans offense is to blame for the better half of those 29 points. The Texans’ defense only gave up 280 yards on the day, while Houston’s offense turned the ball over 4 times. It’s clear that we’ll be getting the same old same old from the Texans this season.
Cincinnati is coming off a 6-9-1 record that saw them finish 3rd in the division. Nevertheless, the Bengals came into this season confident that they could steal the AFC North out from underneath the Steelers.
The Bengals got an opportunity to get a jump start on that task this past Sunday when they opened up their home to the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens swiftly handed the home team a 20-0 beating to spoil Cincinnati’s 2017 opener.
If you had to point a finger you should point it at Andy Dalton, who finished the day with 4 interceptions and a 28.4 passer rating. It’s going to be tough to win a game with that many turnovers and it’s surprising that Baltimore wasn’t able to run the score up even more.