The general consensus is that the Las Vegas Raiders might be the NFL’s hard-luck team. They’ve won only a single game this season, and in their four losses, they have been outscored by only eight points in regulation time.
The Houston Texans are not such a soft touch, and that’s not such an automatic victim to supply the second victory in the Las Vegas win column. So we might have a ballgame on Sunday afternoon at 4:05 p.m. Eastern time at Allegiant Stadium.
Here are the pro football betting odds as they have been posted at BetOnline:-
Las Vegas Raiders -7 (-105)
Houston Texans + 7 (-115)
Over 46 points – 109
Under 46 points – 111
The Raiders lost their first three games of the season before defeating the Denver Broncos, who, well, have been struggling in a big way on offense. It’s just a matter of sometimes being in the wrong place at the wrong time and making the wrong mistake when it counts the most. For example, Hunter Renfroe caught a pass, fumbled it, and an Arizona Cardinals defender picked it up and ran for a touchdown. This gave Las Vegas an overtime loss in the season’s second week. The last time the Raiders were in action, they lost a 30-29 decision to the Kansas City Chiefs in a Monday night game.
The Texans come into this game with a record of 1-3-1, but they are 3-1-1 against the spread. Opponents have completed just 57.6% of their passes against the Houston defense, for 6.7 yards per attempt. Lovie Smith was, to say the least, a curious choice to lead Houston into the future (if that is indeed what is happening), and he has probably gotten a little lucky with Dameon Pierce, the rookie out of Florida, who has been outstanding out of the backfield with 412 yards and 4.8 per carry.
Of course, the development of Davis Mills continues. The second-year man out of Stanford has thrown six interceptions thus for, but one must admit that he was pressed into action before his time last season.
What they’re getting from wide receiver Nico Collins is encouraging. Collins is averaging 17 yards per catch, so he’s a thoroughly acceptable compliment to Brandin Cooks, the wide receiver on the other side.
The Raiders intercepted only two passes in five games. And they have not gotten a sack out of Chandler Jones. Maybe that contributes to the fact that they’ve given up eleven touchdown passes. This surely has little impact on odds at football betting sites.
You can’t complain a whole lot about what they have gotten out of their top offensive contributors. David Carr will always be a pretty decent “numbers” guy, and he’s got 1279 passing yards. Davante Adams, who came out west from Green Bay to reunite with his Fresno State teammate, has averaged 14.3 yards per reception. Josh Jacobs will be an asset for this team if iot is looking to establish itself over the ground, and he’s averaging 5.4 yards per attempt.
One of the things that stick out when you take a look at the Texans’ statistical profile is that they’ve been outgained by an average of 108 yards per contest. Yet they have compiled that strong pointspread record based on a defense that has forced opponents to gain 20.9 yards per point.
The Raiders have not been good at covering points at home, just 3-7 ATS in that role. And they have a hard time holding leads. So we, in turn, would have a hard time laying this kind of number. Let’s go with the road club.
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