NFL Odds: Texans meet Niners on Sunday night
The Houston Texans have been mediocre SU and a disaster ATS so far this season, but they'll get a chance to improve their records in a primetime matchup this week as they travel west to take on the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday Night Football.
The Texans won their first two games of the season by scores of 31-28 over the Chargers and 30-24 over the Titans, but failed to cover the spread on the NFL betting lines at the sportsbooks in both of those contests. Houston then lost both SU and ATS in each of the past two weeks, falling 30-9 against the Ravens in Week 3 and 23-20 against the Seahawks over the weekend. That has Houston entering Week 5 of the season at 2-2 SU and an ugly 0-4 ATS.
Against the Seahawks in Week 4 the Texans took a 20-3 lead into halftime but then allowed Seattle to catch up in the second half and secure the victory in overtime on a Steven Hauschka field goal. Houston quarterback Matt Schaub went 31 of 49 for 355 yards passing for his team in that defeat, with two touchdown strikes and two interceptions. Arian Foster rushed for 102 yards on his 27 carries on the day.
The 49ers are 2-2 both SU and ATS on the season thanks to a 35-11 victory at St. Louis last time out in which they easily covered the 3.5-point spread on the NFL odds as a road favorite at the sportsbooks. San Francisco also won 34-28 over Green Bay in Week 1 before losing back-to-back games to Seattle (29-3) and Indianapolis (27-7) in Week 2 and Week 3.
Niners QB Colin Kaepernick went just 15 of 23 for 167 yards passing with two touchdowns and no interceptions in the team's win over St. Louis in Week 4, with running back Frank Gore pacing the offense with 153 yards and a touchdown on his 20 rushes. Kendall Hunter and Anthony Dixon also ran for scores for San Francisco in that victory.
The sportsbooks had the Niners pegged as 8-point home favorites over their Texans early in the week, with the OVER/UNDER for the game sitting at 42.5 points. Houston and San Francisco haven't met since October 2009, when the Texans won 24-21 as a 3-point home favorite in a PUSH result for NFL bettors. The combined scored turned the game into an OVER result.
The other primetime games this week have Cleveland hosting Buffalo on Thursday night, and then Atlanta hosting the Jets on Monday night. The Browns are 4.5-point favorites on the NFL betting lines, with the Falcons favored by 9.5 points at home for their matchup.
Rounding out the Week 5 NFL slate are New England at Cincinnati (pick'em), Kansas City (-1) at Tennessee, Philadelphia at the Giants (-1), New Orleans at Chicago (pick'em), Baltimore at Miami (-3.5), Seattle (-1) at Indianapolis, Detroit at Green Bay (-7), Jacksonville at St. Louis (-12.5), Carolina (-1) at Arizona, San Diego (-4.5) at Oakland, and Denver (-7.5) at Dallas.