NFL Week 5 Free Picks: New York Giants vs. Houston Texans

New York Giants
(2-2, 2-2 ATS)

Houston Texans
(3-1, 3-1 ATS)

The New York Giants and Houston Texans are both currently sitting in first place in their respective divisions. But on Sunday afternoon, that could be shaken in NFL betting action, as the two teams meet at Reliant Stadium.

The G-Men got back into the win column last week against the Chicago Bears in a dominating 17-3 victory on Sunday Night Football. Injuries are all over the place for New York. DE Osi Umenyiora seems to be the only man amongst the bunch that is likely to play, but RB Ahmad Bradshaw, S Kenny Phillips, LB Keith Bulluck, and DE Mathias Kiwanuka are listed as questionable or worse. The good news for the Giants is that they rank No. 7 in the NFL offensively with 369.0 yards per game. The unit just hasn’t gotten going of late though, as it hasn’t put more than 17 points on the board since Week 1 against the Carolina Panthers. Defensively, the team stepped up with its best performance of the year last week against the Bears. Though the team ranks No. 3 in the NFL defensively at 257.0 yards per game and second against the pass at 139.8 yards per game, it has only held that one foe under 18 points. Kiwanuka, who is certainly out, has been a key cog in that defensive effort, as he leads the team with four sacks.

The Texans are just one questionable game against the Dallas Cowboys away from being undefeated this year. They have really looked strong, particularly offensively this year, scoring at least 30 points in three of its four games this year. The problem has been the defense, which still ranks dead last at 408.0 yards per game and is last in the NFL at 337.8 yards per game. The ‘D’ has allowed at least 24 points in all four games this year. The good news is that RB Arian Foster leads the NFL in rushing at 537 yards, and he made it to the 100 yard rushing mark against the Oakland Raiders last week in spite of the fact that he was suspended for the first quarter and change of the game by HC Gary Kubiak for violating team rules. WR Andre Johnson sat out last week with an ankle injury, but he is expected to be back in the lineup this weekend. Thanks to the play of QB Matt Schaub and Foster, this offense ranks No. 2 in the NFL at 415.5 yards per game and is averaging 27.0 points per game.

Houston is favored in this game by a field goal, but that just isn’t enough at this point. The Giants just aren’t that strong this year, and the Texans know that they need to put as many wins on the board this year as possible, knowing that the schedule is only going to get harder from here. Back the hosts in this NFL betting affair.

NFL Free Picks: Houston Texans -3

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