Online NFL Betting Odds out for Wk 2’s TNF MatchupPosted by: Anthony Yaylor
Thursday night football continues this week with a matchup between the Houston Texans and Cincinnati Bengals. We’ve already taken a brief look at this matchup, but since the odds have officially come out NFL wagering fans will want to make a closer inspection.
Houston Texans vs. Cincinnati Bengals – Thursday, September 14th
When: 8:25 pm ET
Where: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
TV: NFL Network
Stream: NFL.com, NFL Game Pass
Online NFL Betting Odds:
Houston Texans +6 ½ (-112) 38 (-105) +226
Cincinnati Bengals -6 ½ (-108) 38 (-115) -274
The Houston Texans needed a strong start to the 2017 season. After leaving their fan base bamboozled with one of the most spectacular flops in NFL history, the Texans needed to prove that they were still at the very least a playoff caliber team. But the way Houston kicked off this year’s season has left their fans even more perplexed.
The Texans faced their AFC South rivals the Jacksonville Jaguars in their 2017 debut. Jacksonville is coming off a 3-13 season and facing last year’s divisional winner, the online NFL betting odds had the Jags pegged as heavy underdogs. But as the soon as the game kicked off, it was clear that Houston hadn’t made much improvement during the offseason – at least not on the offensive side of the ball.
With Tom Savage under center, the Texans managed to have their first four series of the contest end in a punt. Their fifth possession ended in a fumble, which the Jaguars turned into their first touchdown of the game nine plays later. Houston was shutout during the first half and despite their defense holding Jacksonville back yardage wise, the Texans’ numerous turnovers and offense kept giving the Jaguars a shorter and shorter field.
Savage was benched at the half and rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson took over under center. Watson was able to lead the reigning AFC South champions to a touchdown in his first series, but that’s all he would deliver. Nevertheless it was more than the starter was able to accomplish and it seems like the Texans are ready to move forward with the rook.
Unfortunately it seems like Watson’s ankle injury will keep him sidelined this Thursday. It’s certainly a shame as keeping Savage in the lineup is the most counterproductive thing the Texans could do at the moment. Players who bet online might want to refrain from wagering on Houston with Savage under center.
The Bengals had found their niche from 2011-2015, making 5 straight playoff appearances. But that streak came to a screeching halt last season when the Orange and Black finished the year with an inadequate record of 6-9-1. Nevertheless, the Bengals were hoping to get a leg up in the divisional race this season by picking up a quick win over their AFC North rival the Baltimore Ravens this past Sunday.
It turned out to be a historic day for the Bengals, Andy Dalton in particular. But it wasn’t the good type of historic, rather it was a record-low performance from Dalton and one of the worst online NFL betting players have ever seen. Dalton finished the day with 4 interceptions, 0 touchdowns and a 0.7 QBR rating.
Considering how they fared against Baltimore, it’s safe to assume that the Bengals’ offense will once again be struggling. It’ll be up the Cincinnati’s defense to force some much-needed turnovers. They got one against the Ravens, but they might need a few more this Thursday.