Houston Texans at Arizona Cardinals: Preview and Pick
6 Replies | 210 ViewsOn 11/05/2013 05:20 PM in NFL
The Houston Texans have had a difficult year. Last Sunday night, they blew a double digit lead to the Indianapolis Colts and lost their coach to health concerns. With all of the commotion surrounding the team, they still have to get prepared this week when they travel to the desert to take on the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals are on the verge of being a playoff team, but they can’t afford to lose this game against the Texans.
Houston Texans at Arizona Cardinals Odds
The opening NFL point spread for this game has the Cardinals listed as a three point favorite. The Cardinals are a very good home team, but the betting public is still willing to back the Texans as just over 53 percent of the early wagers are on the road team. This action has yet to cause a line move and the line can still now be found at (-3) at several of the top rated online sportsbooks.
The Texans are playing much better since they made a change at quarterback. Case Keenum had success stretching the field Sunday; 13 of his 20 completions traveled more than 10 yards downfield. He had two touchdowns on such throws (both to Andre Johnson), matching the season total of Matt Schaub and T.J. Yates. - Andre Johnson had seven receptions on passes traveling more than 10 yards downfield Sunday, matching the most such catches he has had in a game since 2006. After a monster first half, the Texans turned away from Andre Johnson in the second half as they blew an 18-point lead in the second half. This cost the Texans the game and they will need to adjust their game plan this week if they hope ot beat the well rested Cardinals.
The latest football betting trends for this game reveal that the Texans are in a tight spot on this road trip. The Texans are 1-4 against the spread (ATS) in their last 5 games following a loss, -5 ATS in their last 6 games after allowing less than 90 yards rushing in their previous game and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games after accumulating more than 250 yards passing in their previous game. The Cardinals are 5-0 ATS when playing a team with a losing record, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games on grass, but they are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games after accumulating more than 150 yards rushing in their previous game.
Houston Texans at Arizona Cardinals Pick
With plenty of time to go before the start of the regular season, I will wait to release my pick on this game until we get closer to game day.