Houston Texans Vs. New Orleans Saints NFL 2019 Week 1 Betting
Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
To begin with, the New Orleans Saints open the new season with scars from the last one. The Saints soul-crushing loss in the NFC Championship game to the Los Angeles Rams will live in infamy. A blown pass interference call was all that prevented a Super Bowl Berth. New Orleans always has an NFL betting Shot with quarterback Drew Brees. Eight Pro Bowl players from the past two seasons return. Yet the fact remains New Orleans is very good but not quite great. By contrast, the Texans are a semi-regular playoff team that is no sure thing.
Houston Texans Vs. New Orleans Saints
Specifically, the Texans have won three AFC South titles under head coach Bill O’Brien. But there is still unrest in H-Town. The Texans are on their third general manager in two years. Much of the blame for the front office upheaval is placed on O’Brien. Additionally, a weak offensive line that allowed 62 sacks is cause for concern. Quarterback Deshaun Watson has developed into a solid pro. The surrounding cast remains an issue. Defensively the Texans will be among the best against the run.
Players to Watch: QB Deshaun Watson (68.3% comp, 4165 yds, 26 TD, 9 INT, 103.1 RTG), RB Duke Johnson (201 YDS, 5.0 YPC, 47 REC, 429 YDS, 9.1 AVG, 3 TD), WR Deandre Hopkins (115 REC, 1572 YDS, 13.7 YPC, 11 TD), WR Will Fuller V (32 REC, 503 YDS, 15.7 AVG, 4 TD), TE Jordan Thomas (20 REC, 215 YDS, 4 TD), PK Ka’imi Fairbairn (37-42 FG, 39-41 XP), DE JJ Watt (61 TACKLES, 16 SACKS, 7 FORCED FUMBLES)
New Orleans Saints
Namely defensive coordinator Dennis Allen has been a clear difference-maker. Immediately Allen made a strong impact that has helped make the Saints into a Super Bowl threat. With Brees and the prolific offense, New Orleans simply need an average defense. With Allen the D it has actually been pretty good. Of great concern is the difficulty of matching last year’s 13-3 record. To be exact the relatively weak NFC South is highly winnable.
Players to Watch: QB Drew Brees (74.4% COMP, 3992 YDS, 32 TD, 5 INT, 115.7 RTG), RB Alvin Kamara (883 YDS, 4.6 YPC, 14 TD, 81 REC, 709 YDS, 4 TD), WR Michael Thomas (125 REC, 1405 YDS, 9 TD), WR Tre’quan Smith (28 REC, 427 YDS, 15.3 YPC, 5 TD), TE Jared Cook (68 REC, 896 YDS, 13.2 YPC, 6 TD), PK Wil Lutz (28-30 FG, 52-53 XP), DE Cameron Jordan (49 TACKLES, 12 SACKS)
Houston Texans vs. New Orleans Saints Betting Numbers
2-4-1 against the spread as a road dog
New Orleans Saints
3-7 ATS as a home chalk
Houston Texans vs. New Orleans Saints Betting Picks
On this occasion, both teams are not in their best odds role. Hence the Saints matchup advantage comes with the more explosive offense. As mentioned earlier Houston can’t keep up with the Saints ability to score. And New Orleans has proven they can get the money at the Superdome against Houston.
Score Prediction: New Orleans Saints 31, Houston Texans 20