A big AFC clash will take place at Reliant Stadium in Houston on Sunday, as the Houston Texans host the San Diego Chargers. Houston enters the game with a 4-3 record (3-4 ATS), while the Chargers are 3-5 (3-5 ATS). Kickoff for this highly anticipated game is set for 1 PM EST.
San Diego comes into this game as something of an anomaly. They enter Week 9 as the number 1 rated offense in yards per game and the number one rated defense in yards per game. That in and of itself is strange enough, but even more curious is the fact that they are only 3-5 despite this. The team has found ways to lose ball games and as such, find themselves 2.5 games behind the Chiefs in the AFC West. Quarterback Philip Rivers has been very impressive this season, throwing for 2,649 yards. He also has a touchdown to interception ratio of 15 to 7. The team has been middle of the pack in terms of running the football however, and Mike Tolbert surprisingly leads the team in rushing. As mentioned, the defense has been great in yards allowed, but the team is 19th in the league, giving up 21.8 points per game.
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Houston has also been a model of inconsistency so far this season. The team started 2-0 and has alternated losses and wins wince then for a 4-3 record through 8 weeks. The team has done a good job on offense, as they seem to most seasons. Quarterback Matt Schaub has thrown for 1739 yards and they have gotten great balance from RB Arian Foster and the running game. Foster has 737 yards and 8 touchdowns so far on the season. The problem in Houston has been an incompetent defense that is dead last in yards allowed this season. The team is giving up over 404 yards per game, with just shy of 300 coming through the air. This doesn’t bode well against the best passing attack in the NFL in San Diego.
Chargers vs. Texans Spread, Line and Betting Odds:
San Diego Chargers –3 (even)
@ Houston Texans +3 (-120)
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Chargers vs. Texans Betting Predictions:
Game Total Prediction (TOP PLAY) – Both of these teams feature offenses that can get up and down the field and put points on the board. Houston can beat you with the pass and the run, while the Chargers have a deadly passing attack. Despite being number one in yards allowed, San Diego still allows a decent amount of points on defense. The total has gone over in 14 of San Diego’s last 22 as a road favorite. Look for a fast paced passing battle in this game.
Spread Prediction – Neither of these teams has inspired much confidence through 8 weeks. One week they look great and the next week they look like bottom feeders in the NFL. San Diego often gets their act together in November and December but also are not a great team on the road, especially as the favorite. The team is 3-8-1 in their last 12 games as a road favorite. Also consider that Houston is 8-2 ATS in their last 10 as a home dog.