Texans vs. Patriots Pick
Will the Thursday night matchup between the Texans and Patriots become a defensive struggle when the two teams clash at 8:25PM ET?
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI, the game is currently a pick’em after the Patriots opened as a 2.5-point home underdog. The total, meanwhile, currently sits at 40.5 points after opening at that same number. Both teams are 2-0 straight up and 2-0 against the spread this season.
HOUSTON: Following their 23-14 win over the Bears as a 5.5-point home favorite in Week 1, the Texans beat the Chiefs 19-12 as a 1-point underdog in Week 2. Brock Osweiler was shaky at times, throwing two interceptions in the win, but DeAndre Hopkins (seven catches, 113 yards, 1 touchdown) and rookie Will Fuller (4-104-0) had big games. Houston’s defense was also outstanding, as J.J. Watt and John Simon finished with 1.5 sacks apiece.
NEW ENGLAND: The Patriots upset the Cardinals 23-21 as a 9-point underdog in Week 1 and then responded with a 31-24 win over the Dolphins as a 5.5-point favorite in Week 2. The victory against Miami came at a price, however, as quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo injured his shoulder and is unlikely to play Thursday night versus Houston. Rookie Jacoby Brissett will draw the start against the Texans if Garoppolo can’t play.
OUR PICK: As soon as Brissett when into the game last Sunday, Josh McDaniels and the Patriots went into conservative mode. Now the Pats are coming off a short week, so Brissett won’t have a chance to learn an expanded playbook by Thursday night either. Look for the Pats to lean on their running game and defense to put Brissett in a good spot to win. That means fewer big plays and fewer scoring opportunities. Thanks to their outstanding defense, the under is a perfect 4-0 in the Texans’ last four games and is 5-1 in their last six games versus AFC opponents.
NFL WEEK 3 PICK: TEXANS/PATRIOTS UNDER 40.5