Oakland Raiders at Houston Texans: Preview and Pick
7 Replies | 399 ViewsOn 11/11/2013 10:37 AM in NFL
The Houston Texans are all but done for the season. After a difficult loss to the Arizona Cardinals and the fact that their star running back Arian Foster is out for the season, the Texans will have one eye on the future for the rest of the season. Although it should be noted that the game in week 11 against the Oakland Raiders could provide this team with their best chance to win the last few weeks.
Oakland Raiders at Houston Texans Odds
The opening NFL point spread for this game will favor the home team as the Texans still play well at home. However, it is unclear if the early betting will favor the Texans or the Raiders as both teams have disappointed football handicappers this season. The Raiders seem to have the better well rounded team, but the Texans have more talent. The latest line will tell the story for this game, so check the odds at the top rated online sportsbooks.
If the Raiders want to win they need to work on their pass coverage. The Giants recorded three sacks when sending at least five pass rushers for the second game in a row Sunday. The Giants have recorded a sack 25 percent of the time using such pressure the past two games after recording two sacks on 114 drop backs with at least five rushers the first seven games (1.8 percent). It may be late, but the Texans are getting good play at quarterback. Case Keenum completed 9-of-10 attempts for 80 yards and a pair of touchdowns after play-action fakes on Sunday despite Houston rushing for only 76 yards. If he can do this against the Raiders, the Texans may win.
The latest football betting trends for this game reveal that the Texans have a chance to win this game. Oakland is 0-5 straight up in its last 5 games on the road and 2-5 against the spread (ATS) in its last 7 games when playing Houston. Oakland is 4-14 straight up in its last 18 games, but Houston is 2-4 straight up in its last 6 games at home. The total has gone under in 12 of Oakland's last 16 games, but the total has gone over in 4 of Houston's last 5 games at home. Houston is 2-8 ATS in its last 10 games, 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games at home but Houston is 15-8 straight up in its last 23 games at home.
Oakland Raiders at Houston Texans 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.