Free NFL Prediction: Chiefs vs Texans
Week 1 NFL betting sees the Kansas City Chiefs taking on the Houston Texans on Sunday September 13th at the NRG Stadium Houston, TX Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NFL season long so stay tuned for more FREE NFL predictions.
Kansas City Chiefs (0-0) at Houston Texans (0-0)
Date: Sunday September 13th
Time: 1 PM
Venue: NRG Stadium Houston, TX
ATS Betting Lines: Texans -1
NFL Moneyline Odds: OFF
NFL Betting Total: 41
Both the Texans and the Chiefs finished at 9-7 last season, but each failed to make the playoffs. In the season opener this season for each the Texans are the slight 1-point home betting favorite.
Kick off is at 1 PM for this game with Alex Smith getting the start under center for the Chiefs and free agent acquisition Bryan Hoyer will get the start at QB for the Texans after a solid preseason.
The Chiefs will be facing a Houston team that has won their last 3 home games.
Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs did not have 1 TD last season by a WR, which is why they went out and picked up Jeremy Maclin in the off-season. He and Alex Smith have looked solid in the preseason and last season while with the Eagles Maclin had 6 catches for 158 yards with 2 TD.
The big gun on offense is RB Jamaal Charles, who rushed for 1,033 yards last season with 9 TD.
One of the big concerns for the Chiefs in this game is their offensive line, which gave up 49 sacks last season. That is not good facing defensive stud J.J. Watt, who ranked 2nd in the league in sacks last season and had led the league in QB hurries. The line has to keep Watt out of the backfield, which is a tall task to say the least.
While the games did not mean anything the Chiefs may come into this game with a lot of confidence, as they went 4-0 in preseason play.
The Texans have a new QB to start the season in Hoyer, but he has a couple of solid weapons on the outside in the WR duo of DeAndre Hopkins and rookie Jaelen Strong.
Hoyer may have to carry more of the offensive load in this game, and for the first few, since star RB Adrian Foster is out with a groin injury.
With Foster out Alfred Blue will get the start in the backfield and last season as a backup he rushed for 528 yards with 2 TD, but he only averaged 3.1 yards per carry.
Hoyer will be facing a Kansas City defense that ranked 2nd in the league in scoring defense (17.6 points per game) last season. The Houston offensive line has to face LB James Houston, who led the NFL in sacks last season (22).
Blue has to help Hoyer out running the ball or the Chiefs will drop back to defend the passing game and allow Houston to blitz early and often.
The Texans were 2-2 in preseason play.
NFL Betting Trends:
* Chiefs are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games in September.
* Chiefs are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games as a road underdog.
* Chiefs have an Under record of 5-1 in their last 6 road games.
* Texans are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
* Texans are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 home games
4* Free NFL Betting Prediction: Under 41
I do not see a high scoring affair in this game and even on the road I am taking the Chiefs, as I think Charles will have a big game and the KC defense will keep Hoyer and company in check.
NFL Free Score Prediction: Kansas City 17 – Houston 10
Take the Chiefs in this one and in an interesting betting trend the road team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 games between these 2 teams.
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