SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (3-5) vs. HOUSTON TEXANS (4-3) NFL Free Pick – Odds – Handicapping Preview
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Week 9: Chargers at Texans Matchup – Betting Lines
Date/Time: Sunday, November 7, 1:00 PM ET
Venue: Reliant Stadium, Houston Texas
Chargers vs. Texans Betting Lines from MySportsbook.com
Spread: San Diego -3
Moneyline: San Diego -150: Houston +130
Over/Under: 50.5 points
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Two of the most prolific offenses in the NFL meet in Week 9 with a lot on the line for both teams. For the Chargers, they can climb to within a game of .500 and inch closer to the top of the surprisingly tough AFC West and for the Texans; they need a win to keep pace with the Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans.
We all know what the Chargers will bring to the table – a strong offense! They still have the Top ranked defense in the NFL but after watching them play, their ranking is difficult to digest. Philip Rivers will likely take what he learned from Peyton Manning on Monday night and throw until his arm fall off. In a matchup of the league’s best passing offense versus the NFL’s 32nd ranked passing defense, you have to love Rivers to come up huge!
The running game likely won’t be much help. The Chargers are a quiet 15th ranked while the Houston defense is 14th against the run. Mike Hart looked pretty good on Monday night against the Texans however!
This game will be won or lost on how effective the Texans offense is against the NFL’s #! Pass defense and #2 run defense. If Matt Schaub can shake his mediocre play and if the ultra-effective Arian Foster can find success, the Texans will have a chance in this game. It will most certainly be the offense, not the defense that wins the game for Houston. The Texans are currently ranked 13th in passing yards and 6th in rushing yards in the NFL.
The Texans defense will face its second straight elite defense on Sunday and although they looked decent in spurts against the Colts, they were unable to come up with the big stop when absolutely necessary – a problem that has plagued them all season long. They are currently ranked 14th against the run and 32nd versus the pass.
San Diego is 2-4 S/U in their last six games but are 14-6 S/U overall in their last 20. They are just 3-6-1 ATS in their last 10 games and just 1-4 S/U and ATS in their last five road games. However, the Chargers are 3-0 S/U and ATS against Houston in their last three matchups.
Houston is 8-3 S/U in their last 11 games overall and are 4-2S/U at home in their last six. However, the Texans are just 1-4 ATS in their last five home games.
The San Diego Chargers have been good defensively and offensively this season. Why the 3-5 record then? Bad, I mean bad Special Teams play has plagued them from the outset. Those intangibles can be fixed. Something tells me that it is time that the Chargers start making some noise in the AFC West – their early season slump is over.
The Texans were unable to handle the Indianapolis offense on Monday and the Chargers are arguably better. With the Chargers Top Tier offense and with their surprisingly stout defense, the Chargers will get it done on Sunday.
Betting Pick: San Diego Chargers -3
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