Houston Texans vs. Detroit Lions Pick – NFL Week 12

Following another profitable week of NFL betting action, we’re back at it again for a special Thanksgiving Thursday triple-header of football wagering.

The three games will kick off mid-day with the Houston Texans travelling to Detroit to partake in the Lions’ annual Thanksgiving home game tradition. Detroit under Matt Patricia has been awful of late and with reports circulating that his players aren’t enjoying playing under him, you have to wonder how the depleted Lions will play down the stretch.

The Texans meanwhile are quite familiar with getting rid of an unpopular coach, as their sideline boss Bill O’Brien was canned earlier this season. Since then, the Texans have played some inspired football under interim coach Romeo Crennel. Their offense seems to be back in-sync, led by the talented Deshaun Watson – while their defense is showing moderate improvements. In a tough AFC South division, there exists little room for error, so the Texans will need to continue their recent run if they want extra games come January.

There truly might not be a better day of football all year. So sit back, eat some turkey, and wash it down with a healthy dose of NFL wagering action. Read on beneath the posted odds as we look to improve our hot streak heading into a busy weekend stretch of sports action. Enjoy the games, and Happy Thanksgiving!

Houston Texans vs. Detroit Lions Betting Odds:

Houston Texans -2.5 (-120)
@ Detroit Lions +2.5 (+100)

Over 51 (-110)
Under 51 (-110)

*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag

Houston Texans vs. Detroit Lions Pick:

The Lions enter Week 12 coming off of a brutal loss and are facing a lot of criticism for it. Losing 20-0 to the Carolina Panthers is pretty unacceptable, especially when you consider the fact that they had a last-minute XFL-calibre replacement at quarterback. This is a fragile Detroit squad, and one that is too banged up to turn this sinking ship around.

QB Matt Stafford continues to try and play through a bad thumb injury, but it is clear that he is struggling. Stafford can barely grip the football right now, and preparing for a Texans’ pass rush in a short week doesn’t seem like fun.

He also won’t get much support or a reprieve from a rising injury list. Danny Amendola and Kenny Golladay are again quite likely to sit this contest out, while D’Andre Swift remains highly questionable at the running back position. Definitely the biggest loss from that trio is the rangy wideout Golladay. In his absence, this Detroit attack has seemed putrid without a downfield threat or natural field-stretcher.

TEXANS WILL MOVE THE BALL
On the other side of the ball, the Texans should have lots of routes to offensive success on Thanksgiving. Deshaun Watson enters in fine form, and it is highly unlikely that Detroit can limit him at all. Trey Flowers remains out for the Lions, and that should result in lots of time and space in the pocket for Watson to target his impressive receiving duo of Will Fuller and Brandin Cooks.

This is simply a tale of two teams going in vastly different directions. The Lions are a mess once again, and it seems as if their effort and buy-in have been rapidly fading in recent weeks. Meanwhile, Houston is reinvigorated of late with their new coach, and know that they possess the talent to make a late-season playoff push.

Monitor the injury report in the lead-up to this contest, but it’s unlikely any of Detroit’s skill players suit up. If that’s the case, getting the Texans under a field goal is an excellent bet to start off a heavy betting and eating weekend. Roll with Houston in this one!

My Pick
Texans -2.5
Will S. / Author

Will has been working with The Sports Geek since its early days back in 2010. He began as a soccer specialist, focusing on detailed reports for major international competitions, including the World Cup and European Championships. Since then, he has produced weekly pick articles on both the NFL and English Premier League, while also contributing blog posts on the NHL, MLB, and even WWE wrestling. Will is also an avid sports bettor and daily fantasy player, always eager to share his thoughts and insight on anything going on in the world of sports.