Online NFL Betting Odds Favor Saints over Texans?
Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
After finally dumping the extra baggage, and tremendous penalty cap, that was Brock Osweiler, the Houston Texans stand ready to take the AFC South by storm. The Texans will get the opportunity to display their online NFL betting strength this upcoming Saturday when they travel to the Mercedes-Benz stadium to face off against the New Orleans Saints. Let’s take a look at what football betting sites are predicting for this weekend’s matchup.
Houston Texans vs. New Orleans Saints – Saturday, August 26th
When: 8:00 pm ET
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans
TV: Local Broadcasts
Stream: NFL.com, NFL Game Pass
Online NFL Betting Odds:
Houston Texans +3 (-105) 43 ½ (-110)
New Orleans Saints -3 (-115) 43 ½ (-110)
Had the Texans had a quarterback in 2016, Houston could’ve certainly competed for a ticket to the Super Bowl. Unfortunately, they had Osweiler and Osweiler didn’t have much to bring to the table. The Texans made a jump for Osweiler after the young quarterback helped the Broncos secure their playoff berth. Most online NFL betting fans felt that the hype was overbuilt and that turned out to be the truth. In fact, the Browns, who traded for Osweiler to help alleviate Houston’s tight cap space, decided to start rookie DeShone Kizer over Osweiler and rumors have it that they’re looking to trade the former Texan.
As far as the Texans are concerned, Tom Savage will get the starting nod out of the gate. Savage replaced Osweiler as the starter late 2016 but an injury quickly threw Osweiler back into the starting lineup. Now Savage has an opportunity to lead this team and earn his keep as a starter. But will having rookie Deshaun Watson breathing down his neck help or add unnecessary stress?
The Texans now come into the 2017 season with a terrific defense and a more than capable running game. If they can find some measure of consistency or talent at quarterback, they might be one of the best sleeper picks for this betting season.
New Orleans Saints
The Saints have now delivered three consecutive 7-9 seasons. Which is a bit of a shame, considering that no one knows how many years Drew Brees has left. Brees finished the 2016 with 37 touchdowns, 15 interceptions and a 101.7 passer rating that earned him Pro Bowl honors. Despite a standout performance from their quarterback, the Saints were held back all season long by a horrendous defense.
To help address their defensive woes, the Saints went out and signed 7 defenders during free agency. On top of that, they also drafted 6 players on defense including the No. 11th overall selection: Marshon Lattimore, cornerback out of Ohio State.
Interestingly enough, NFL sportsbooks are siding with the Saints over the Texans. It might have something to do with New Orleans stellar offseason, or the fact that the Texans just lost to the Panthers this past week. Granted, the Saints are also coming off a preseason loss to the Cleveland Browns. All things considered, losing to the Browns might be worse than losing to the Panthers.