Chargers vs. Texans Pick
Will the Houston Texans continue to struggle on offense when they host the San Diego Chargers on Sunday at 1PM ET?
According to the oddsmakers at BetDSI, the Chargers are a slight favorite on the road, as they are getting odds of -1.5 points against the Texans. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 46.5 points. San Diego has won four of the last five meetings with the Texans and the two have hit the over in three of their last four meetings.
Houston is coming off a 27-20 loss to Oakland in Mexico City on Monday to fall to 6-4 on the year. The Texans are 5-5 with the over/under total, having hit the over in their last two games. The Texans are giving up just 21.5 points and 330.3 yards per contest this season. That is even without stud DE J.J. Watt for most of the season. The unit has just 19 sacks and has created only nine turnovers on the year. Offensively, Houston has struggled, posting just 18.1 points and 327.8 yards per game. Lamar Miller has been a workhouse with 824 rushing yards, but he has just three touchdowns. Brock Osweiler has thrown for 2,061 yards and 12 touchdowns, but also has 10 interceptions.
San Diego is coming off a 31-24 loss to Miami at home two weeks ago to fall to 4-6 on the season. The Chargers are 8-2 with the over on the year, hitting it in four straight games. San Diego continues to have one of the most productive offenses in the NFL this season, averaging 29.2 points and 391.6 yards per game. Melvin Gordon has had a strong sophomore campaign, rushing for 838 yards and nine touchdowns this year. Philip Rivers has thrown for 2,886 yards and 20 touchdowns despite losing key receivers during the year. Tyrell Williams is the leading receiver right now with 43 catches for 720 yards and four scores. Defensively, San Diego is giving up 27.8 points and 375.3 yards per game this season. They are tough against the run, allowing only 87.4 yards per game. However, their pass defense gives up 287.9 yards per game. The unit has 19 turnovers, however. Casey Hayward has 43 tackles and five interceptions to lead the defense.
Houston is a mess on offense, as Osweiler is struggling to consistently lead the team on scoring drives. However, the Houston defense is good enough to pose problems for Rivers and the Chargers. Houston usually finds a way to be competitive. In order for that to happen, it will have to limit San Diego’s offense. Look for this game to be somewhat of a grind, going under the total.
NFL WEEK 12 PICK: CHARGERS/TEXANS UNDER 46.5