Texans vs. Patriots Prediction
NFL Odds: According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Patriots are a 3.5-point favorite over the Texans, while the total is 52 in most books. Houston is 11-1 overall and 6-0 on the road, while New England is 9-3 overall and 4-1 at home.
Line Movement: The Patriots opened as a 6-point favorite but the line dropped down to 3 or 3.5 points depending on what book you view. As for the total, it opened at 53 and has dropped to 51.5 or 52.
Public Betting: Of the wagers currently placed on this game, 54% of NFL public bettors currently favor the Texans. This information is subject to change leading up to kickoff, however, so make sure you click on the link provided for the most up-to-date NFL public betting numbers.
NFL Playoff Free Pick: Take Houston. According to latest NFL trends, Houston is 17-5-2 ATS L24 vs. AFC and 9-3 ATS L12 road games. This should be the game of the weekend. Houston (11-1) has only met the Patriots (9-3) three times in their history. This is really the first time where the Texans have been on equal footing. Houston is coming off a 24-10 win at Tennessee as Matt Scab threw for 2 picks, and DE J.J. Watt added two sacks. New England’s offense took another hit last week as they lost Julian Edelman for the year due to a foot injury. With Rob Gronkowski out, the Pats may need to run the ball more and not allow Tom Brady to see a lot of Watt.
2012 NFL WEEK 14 FREE PICK: HOUSTON TEXANS +3.5