Houston Texans: An expert guide to betting the Texans in Week 2

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 01: DeAndre Hopkins #10 of the Houston Texans (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 01: DeAndre Hopkins #10 of the Houston Texans (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) /

The Houston Texans take on the Tennessee Titans in Week 2. Here’s your expert guide on how to make money while rooting for your Texans.

The Houston Texans take on the Tennessee Titans in Week 2, and the Texans narrowly missed covering the spread against the New England Patriots in Week 1. It was a rough way to start the season as a Texans fan and a gambler, but let’s rebound this week against Tennessee!

You can catch the Texans vs. the Titans on Sunday at 12:00 p.m. They’ll be playing in Nashville and the game will be televised on CBS or you can listen on the radio on 610 Sports Talk and 100.3 The Bull.

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Matchup: at Tennessee Titans (0-1)

The Titans lost to the Miami Dolphins in Week 1 27-20. Oddsmakers don’t really know what to make of this Titans team despite many people being high on them coming into the season. It was a pick’em in their matchup in Miami, and it was a weird game that experienced some long weather delays.

The Texans and Titans split their matchup last season with both teams defending their home turf. In the first game at NRG Stadium, Deshaun Watson broke out and passed for 283 yards and five total touchdowns in a 57-14 rout.

When the two teams met in the Music City, Watson was out, and Tom Savage threw for 365 yards and a touchdown. Savage also had the opportunity to engineer a game-winning drive in the fourth quarter, but he threw a pick trying to find DeAndre Hopkins on a deep route. The Texans could have gotten the ball back with a handful of seconds left, but Derrick Henry uncorked a 75-yard touchdown run to put the game on ice. The final score was 24-13.

Marcus Mariota was knocked out of Week 1’s game with an elbow injury and was limited in practice on Thursday on Thursday. Head coach Mike Vrabel seems confident that Mariota will be good to go this Sunday though. Corey Davis was the Titans’ leading receiver against the Dolphins and has been limited in practice this week, but he should play Sunday.

Titans’ first-round pick Harold Landry should make his NFL debut on Sunday, and he could wreak havoc against a lackluster Texans offensive line. As a junior at Boston College, he recorded 16.5 sacks and seven forced fumbles.

The most notable player out for the Titans is Pro Bowl tight end, Delanie Walker. He broke his ankle and suffered ligament damage against the Dolphins and is likely out for the season.

Jack Conklin and Taylor Lewan are out along the offensive line, which leaves an already hobbled Mariota even more exposed. This could be an all-out sack party for the Houston Texans.

The Houston Texans will be without cornerback Hopkins, Kayvon Webster, Jadeveon Clowney, and Will Fuller V are all listed as “questionable.” Kevin Johnson and Seantrel Henderson are on IR, so they won’t be available, obviously.

Line: Texans -3 and Total: 43.5

The Texans have gone 7-3 against the Titans in their last 10, and two of those losses have extenuating circumstances. Last year’s second game featured no Watson, and the Texans had clinched a playoff spot when the two teams met in the final game of the 2016 regular season. That 7-3 record is also what the Texans are against the spread in the past 10 matchups.

The over has also hit in six of those past ten matchups. In Week 1, both games had a final score of 27-20, but the Texans game finished under the total and the Titans went over.

The line opened up at -2 most places yesterday because of a delay due to questions about the health of Mariota. This will be Watson’s first trip to Nashville, and if the Houston Texans want to meet expectations this season, they need to win. Bill O’Brien also needs this win to cool his seat off a bit.

The Titans also had high expectations coming off a playoff berth and bringing in a new head coach. That new head coach, Vrabel, is the former Texans defensive coordinator and will be motivated to beat his old employer, the team that gave him his first NFL coaching job.

JJ Watt, Whitney Mercilus, and Clowney were underwhelming against an allegedly weak New England Patriots offensive line, but this week’s Titans line will be weak. With Conklin and Lewan out, that trio should have a field day no matter who is behind center. Cornerback is currently the weakest spot on the Texans defense, but the Titans don’t have a receiver who can exploit that hole.

Watson may throw an interception, or two, against a strong Titan secondary, but Hopkins should torch them. He had games of eight and ten catches respectively against the Titans in 2017, and he had a strong performance against the Patriots in Week 1.

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It wasn’t unexpected for the Texans to lose to the Patriots in Week 1, but not many people saw the Titans losing to the Dolphins. This game will have fewer weather delays and no Tom Brady, which sounds pretty great for both sides.

This could be the game that we see a vintage J.J. performance against a division rival, and I can’t pick against the Texans when going up against the Titans without Vince Young. The Texans’ front seven should feast on a backup offensive line, and Watson will manufacture just enough on offense to secure a victory for Texans fans and Texans backers.

Prediction: Texans 20-13

Gambling Prediction Record: 0-1

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O’Brien will live another day by getting the Texans to a respectable 1-1, and the Titans can begin looking forward to next year at 0-2.

All odds are courtesy of Oddshark.com.