Patriots Large Online NFL Betting Favorites Over Texans
Last season, many online NFL betting felt that the Houston Texans were but a quarterback away from competing for a Super Bowl. So Houston thought it would be a good idea to put it all on the line and acquire an unproven quarterback that had a brief run with greatness to come in and lead their team. We all know how the Brock Osweiler debacle turned out as the Texans lost their first postseason game and now Osweiler is back in Denver.
So the Texans were essentially sent back to square one this past offseason. But the organization decided to take a risk, this time by drafting rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson. Watson has yet to truly prove himself, but he was able to lead Houston to a win in his first career start. This weekend, the rook will get the chance to show off his stuff as the Texans are slated to face the defending Super Bowl champions. What do the betting NFL online odds have to say about it?
Houston Texans vs. New England Patriots – Sunday, September 24th
When: 1:00 pm ET
Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough
Stream: CBS Sports, NFL Game Pass
Online NFL Betting Odds:
Houston Texans +13 (-115) 43½ (-115)
New England Patriots -13 (-105) 43½ (-105)
— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) September 21, 2017
The Texans are currently in a 3-way tie for the lead in the AFC South with the Tennessee Titans and the Jacksonville Jaguars. It might be too early to tell, but most online NFL betting fans feel like the Texans will be able to pull away from both the Titans and Jaguars as the season develops. That said, the Texans did suffer a loss to the Jaguars in their 2017 debut. But that was with Tom Savage starting the contest. So far, we haven’t seen Houston concede a loss when Watson starts from the get go.
New England Patriots
The Patriots are also sporting a 1-1 record ahead of this Sunday’s matchup. The Dolphins currently have the lead in the East with their unblemished 1-0 record, due to having a higher win percentage than the rest of the division. However, that could all very well change this weekend. But the Pats can’t focus on the Dolphins game, all they can do is concentrate on knocking off a worthy opponent.
Any NFL sportsbook fan worth one’s salt knows that Bill Belichick is a defensive-minded coach. So it follows that the Patriots usually have one of the best defenses in the league, or at the very least one of the most-disciplined. But this season, the Patriots actually have one of the worst defenses. Heading into Week 3, the Patriots have the 29th worst points allowed per game average, the 31st worst passing defense and 31st worst overall defense.
Luckily for New England, they also have Tom Brady leading their offense. There’s no question Brady is a more proven quarterback than Watson, but the youngster could give him a run for the money.