A pair of 4-2 squads square off on Monday Night Football as the Houston Texans head to the Mile High City to do battle with the Denver Broncos. Though the Texans have a decent record, they’re trending in the wrong direction. Their defence hasn’t looked good since losing J.J. Watt for the foreseeable future, and they’ll need to be much sharper against a solid Broncos team.
Denver definitely enters hungry following an embarrassing blowout loss on Thursday of Week 6 against the San Diego Chargers. They had issues on offence and they’ll look to get things back on track at home under the bright lights.
Read on below for a full game preview as well as an official betting prediction to round out your week of NFL action. I’ve gone 3-1 so far in Week 7 at TheSportsGeek, and finishing on a 4-1 note would certainly cap off another great week!
Texans vs. Broncos Betting Odds:
Houston Texans +8 (-110)
@ Denver Broncos -8 (-110)
Over 40.5 (-110)
Under 40.5 (-110)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Texans vs. Broncos Pick:
Though Houston somewhat got back on track last week in defeating the Colts – they did look abysmal for the majority of that contest. Let’s not forget that Houston trailed 23-9 before somehow storming back to eventually get the victory. That kind of comeback won’t happen against the Broncos. Indianapolis has an awful defence, one that is extremely forgiving. Denver still possesses at least a top-3 unit in all of football, and they’ll make their old teammate Brock Osweiler’s life very difficult on Monday evening.
For starters, Gary Kubiak knows Osweiler. As does Wade Phillips. He was in the organization for some time and these guys know his habits and mannerisms. With an extra long time to prepare, you better believe they’ll be ready for him. Plus, let’s be honest – this is Brock Osweiler. He’s in no position to any kind of damage against a stout Broncos’ defensive unit.
Denver has a monstrous advantage all over the field. They’ll generate a bunch of pressure on Houston and Denver also possesses a blanketing secondary that won’t give much room to star wideout DeAndre Hopkins. On the ground, Lamar Miller hasn’t thrived with extra carries this season, and this week won’t be his time to breakout either. The Broncos have a stingy run defence, and holes will be few and far between on Monday evening. Moving the chains is going to be very difficult for Houston.
On offence for Denver, though it hasn’t always been easy this season, they’re trending upwards when they have the football. Gary Kubiak is back on the sidelines and quarterback Trevor Siemian is healthy once again. Houston meanwhile is going in the opposite direction, much like their playoff chances. Losing J.J. Watt was crushing, but so was losing Quintin Demps and Kareem Jackson for stretches. Their secondary is a mess at the moment, and the Broncos definitely have deep threats that will take advantage.
The Texans also don’t offer much by way of a pass rush – especially with their absences. Siemian will have time and space in the pocket, and the Broncos will definitely also be able to establish the run game early. C.J. Anderson should be licking his lips after seeing what Frank Gore did on the ground to Houston in Week 6.
Though this number has crossed through the key figure of 7 points, it’s hard not to like Denver still at around 8 points. These teams are simply in different categories at the moment, and Houston really shouldn’t be treated like a 4-2 team. They could finish 4-12 given their current form and injuries! That’s likely hyperbolic, but you get the point. Expect Denver to dominate this matchup, and look for the Broncos to win one for Kubiak, while also getting back at their old QB in Osweiler.
PICK = Broncos -8 (-110)