Online NFL Betting Scopes Out Texans’ 2017 Opener
Posted by: Charlie Smith
The 2017 online NFL betting season officially kicks off tomorrow. It might be tough to get through the day, but there’s no better way to help pass the time than sizing up some NFL sportsbook lines available for Week 1’s action.
One contest that had some interesting lines is this Sunday’s contest between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Houston Texans. Considering that the Texans are coming off a season in which they qualified for the postseason, while Jacksonville is coming off a sub-.500 season, it’s safe to expect some pretty lopsided online NFL betting odds.
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Houston Texans – Sunday, September 10th
When: 1:00 pm ET
Where: NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas
Stream: CBS Sports, NFL Game Pass
Online NFL Betting Odds:
Jacksonville Jaguars +5 ½ (-110) 39 ½ (-110) +203
Houston Texans -5 ½ (-110) 39 ½ (-110) -245
The Jaguars pawed their way to a 3-13 record in 2016. The organization decided that they were fed up with the lack of results from Gus Bradley and decided to send the head coach packing. Doug Marrone took over as interim head coach in Week 16 and he will reprise the role this upcoming season. The Jaguars finished the season with a last place ranking in the AFC South. Furthermore, the Jags had zero players picked for the Pro Bowl and none were voted for All-Pros either.
After making the very questionable move that was signing Brock Osweiler for heap loads of money, all online NFL betting eyes fixed their gaze upon the franchise. Everyone wanted to see if Osweiler was actually the quarterback the Texans thought he was, because they were essentially on an island with their beliefs. In the end, Houston learned what all of already knew: Brock Osweiler is not a starting NFL quarterback.
Despite poor play from their new quarterback, the Texans managed to string together a 9-7 record that gave way to an AFC South title. But as Houston was getting ready to compete in the postseason, an interesting story started to develop regarding their starting quarterback.
Towards the end of the season, head coach Bill O’Brien had decided that he had seen enough missed throws from Osweiler and decided to bench the starter, instantly making him the highest-paid second-stringer.
Tom Savage took over under center and speaking honestly, he didn’t look half bad. But in the final game of the season, when the Texans were getting some much-needed experience with their new quarterback, Savage suffered a concussion that would ensure Osweiler was put back into the starting rotation.
This must have had an immense impact on Osweiler’s confidence. He was no longer starting because he helped get the Denver Broncos to the playoffs, instead an injury was to thank. Nevertheless, Osweiler led the Texans to a Wild Car victory over the Raiders before losing in the divisional round to the Patriots.
Now with Osweiler back in Denver, the Texans are ready to begin the 2017 season with Savage back under center. Hopefully it won’t be long before we see Deshaun Watson in the lineup however.