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Week 8 NFL Lines: Texans vs. Bills

Sunday Football Betting – Can Texans Avoid Disappointment In Buffalo?

The Houston Texans have undoubtedly been one of the most frustrating teams to cheer for in the NFL this year. They are currently 4-3 but had they not been stuffed on the one-yard line in two separate fourth quarters (against the Jacksvonille Jaguars and the Arizona Cardinals), they could be 6-1.

Time: 1:00 ET
Venue: Ralph Wilson Stadium
Texans vs. Bills Sunday Football Lines
MoneyLine: Texans -170 / Bills +150
Spread: Texans -3
Over/Under: 41

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The Texans have had a bad habit this year of following up big wins with ugly losses and they will hope to avoid that this week. After topping Tennessee, the Texans fell at home to Jacksonville. After crushing Oakland, the Texans fell short in Arizona.

Now the Texans have won two straight against Cincinnati and San Francisco and will look to keep rolling in a tough East Coast road trip to Buffalo.
Texans offense versus Bills defense

There is no question that the Texans offense has all the advantages in this matchup. They will be on the road and they will be in cold weather, but if they can weather the elements – pardon the pun – the Texans should be able to win this game.

Loaded with weapons like Matt Schaub, Steve Slaton, Andre Johnson and Owen Daniels, the Texans offense should be able to move the ball early and often against a beaten up Bills defense.

Keep in mind that safety Donte Whitner and lineman Kyle Williams will be out for Buffalo and the Bills linebacking corps is completely ravaged with injury.
Bills offense versus Texans defense

The Bills offense hasn’t been impressive over the last couple of weeks but it has been effective. Quietly, the Bills have won two straight games with Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback and they have managed to play smart in those games.

The Texans defense is very inconsistent and the Bills best blueprint for success will be to hand the ball off to Marshawn Lynch and Fred Jackson often and keep the Texans high-powered offense on the sidelines.

Buffalo should review the tape from early in the season when the Texans rush defense was among the worst. They’ll have to churn out yards on the ground if they want to win.

Outlook & Pick
Just like the New York Jets and the Carolina Panthers, the Buffalo Bills will be outmatched talent-wise on the field for a third straight week. But the reason why the Bills have won two straight is because opposing teams keep handing them opportunities.

The Bills picked up five interceptions from the Jets and got four turnovers from the Panthers. If the Texans are so careless, the Bills will win this game.

But if the Texans play smart and win the turnover battle, the Bills will have a tough time matching points. They just don’t have the weapons to keep up.

Pick: Texans -3.5

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Dave Golokhov has written for BETUS Sportsbook, Sportsfanmagazine.com, FOX, Askmen.com, Sports-central.org, and the FOXSports.com Funhouse.

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  1. The Texans are clearly the better team but they do not always play to their talent level. The Bills are that pesky team that just won’t go away and are always a threat to pull off an upset.

    This will be a good test to see if Houston really is a playoff caliber team that wins the games they are supposed to.

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