Online NFL Wagering Siding Against Houston?
Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
At 1-2, most online NFL wagering fans are starting to doubt this year’s Houston Texans. But upon closer expectation, it’s clear that Houston has the makings to be a legitimate threat in the AFC South down the road. Sure, the Texans had a rough start to the year when they were upset by the Jacksonville Jaguars. But that’s Week 1 and there’s still plenty of football to be played. Come December, football betting sportsbook players can expect to see a Texan team that will unquestionably be one of the best in the NFL. But what Houston team will we see this weekend when they host the Tennessee Titans?
Tennessee Titans vs. Houston Texans – Sunday, October 1st
When: 1:00 pm ET
Where: NRG Stadium, Houston, Texans
Stream: CBS Sports
Online NFL Wagering Odds:
Tennessee Titans -2 (-105) 44 (-110)
Houston Texans +2 (-115) 44 (-110)
The Titans come into this matchup sporting a 2-1 record that ties them with the Jacksonville Jaguars for the lead in the AFC South. No one could’ve predicted that Jacksonville would be competing for a division title this early in the season, especially not against the Titans. Rather, most people would’ve expected Houston to be the clear favorites in the AFC South thus far.
Regardless, the Titans have a very good opportunity to win this matchup and the bet NFL online odds reflect that precisely. Seeing Tennessee being pegged as a betting favorite over their AFC South rivals is somewhat unprecedented. However, it’s no understatement to say that the Titans have earned it. Tennessee enters this Sunday’s game sporting the league’s 6th best scoring offense, 5th best total offense, and the 2nd best rushing attack currently in the NFL. With those kinds of numbers, it’s safe to say that Marcus Mariota and company are having a breakout year. Unfortunately, the opposite is true for Tennessee’s defense.
The Titans have had all sorts of troubles on defense. The current leaders of the AFC South head into Week 4 with the league’s 22nd worst scoring defense, 27th worst total defense, and 26th worst pass defense. Houston doesn’t have the best offense in the NFL, but they should have no problem running up the scoreboard this Sunday.
The Texans aren’t quite were they would like to be. Nonetheless, the Texans have actually looked pretty good thus far. This past Sunday, the Texans almost defeated the New England Patriots in Foxborough – one of the toughest places to edge out a road win. The Pats ended up on top 36-33 but they were 13-point favorites heading into the game. Cleary Houston gave New England a run for their money.
The biggest blessing the Texans have been enjoying this season is having Deshaun Watson line up under center for them. Watson has been performing much better than anyone possibly thought he would. Granted, with 3 touchdowns to 3 interceptions to his name this season, the rookie still has plenty of improvements to make.