Texans vs Broncos Odds and Football Betting Preview
This season the Houston Texans were expected to be a prime contender because there was no way they couldn’t be healthier. Well, at the moment, they are sitting with a 5-3 record (3-5 ATS) and are sitting atop the AFC South division. They have made a move to make themselves a little more dangerous on the offensive end, and that at the same time may have made the Denver Broncos a little less threatening. These teams get together on Sunday at 4:05 PM ET at Broncos Stadium in Denver.
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Texans vs Broncos Odds:
In the NFL betting odds posted on this game by the folks at VietBet, Denver is the slight favorite at home:
Denver Broncos -1
Houston Texans +1
Over 46 points -110
Under 46 points -110
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Texans vs Broncos Odds – CJ’s Take
Houston got the bad news that Will Fuller, the explosive wide receiver who has averaged 15.7 yards per reception; that is, when he holds onto the football, is out for the year with a torn ACL. So they made a deal with the Broncos to acquire Demariyous Thomas, consistently one of the NFL’s better receivers over the past several seasons. Thomas has 402 yards in receptions this year, and he will be a fitting complement to DeAndre Hopkins, who is having another banner season (53 catches, 789 yards).
This kind of signals where these two organizations are right now. The Broncos seem to be making moves for the purposes of building for the future and for cost-cutting, while the Texans are definitely in “win now” mode.
Houston lost its first three games of the year, and through the first five or six, they looked like a team that was just dying to give those games away. But they were very impressive last time out, on a Thursday night, as they routed Miami 42-23, getting five touchdown passes from quarterback DeShaun Watson.
Case Keenum, who led the Minnesota Vikings to the NFC title game last year, has looked a little more like a journeyman since he was acquired by the Broncos. He has 10 touchdown passes, but just as many interceptions, and he has been sacked 22 times. If there is anything that has kept Denver afloat, it is the ground game, and the big guy in that regard is someone who is a rather unlikely hero. Phillip Lindsay went to school at the University of Colorado, then went without being drafted. Right now he is looking very much like a Rookie of the Year candidate, averaging 5.7 yards per carry and on track to top 1000 rushing yards for the season. As a team, the Broncos are averaging 5.3 yards a pop, but they may have run into the wrong team here, as Houston is one of the best at defending the run, giving up just 3.6 yards per attempt and only two rushing touchdowns.
We don’t really know what most Broncos fans were expecting this season, but head coach Vance Joseph has not necessarily met any expectations, as there are rumors swirling that he could be fired at the outset of the bye week, depending on what kind of result they get in this game. Two of Denver’s three victories have come against teams that are on life support, to say the least – Oakland and Arizona.
What they DO have is some people who can create havoc on defense. Von Miller and rookie Bradley Chubb have 15 sacks between them, and there are still outstanding corners in Chris Harris and Bradley Roby. Watson is inexperienced and will make mistakes, and even with his mobility, been sacked 26 times. But with his unpredictability is also a knack for improvisation that has a tendency to extend plays. Houston is doing the things that are necessary to win, while we are not sure about the overall direction in Denver. Is Joseph coaching for his job?
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By Charles Jay