Every year in the NFL, there is usually a team or two that comes out of nowhere to make a deep run in the playoffs. Part of the fun of predicting games is trying to figure out which team might get hot and make a run at the right time. There are a couple of teams that might fit that bill right now, but we will certainly get a clearer picture over the course of the next 3 weeks of the season. The Chargers will be looking to get on a run as we head towards the final week of the season, and you would expect them to pick up another win against the struggling Houston Texans. This is, though, one of those games that could serve as a bit of a banana peel for the Chargers. LA comes into this one as a 10-point road favorite, with the point total set at 45 ½. That being said, let’s take a look at our NFL Betting preview for the upcoming match between the Chargers and Texans.
NFL Betting Analysis for LA Chargers at Houston
How to Bet On Los Angeles Chargers vs Houston Texans & TV Info
- When: Sunday, December 26 at 1 PM EST
- Where: NRG Stadium, Houston
- TV: CBS
Why bet on the LA Chargers
When they are firing, the Chargers offense is amongst the best in the league, but this is a team that has had issues with consistency all season long. The Chargers saw a 2-game win streak come to an end last week versus the Kansas City Chiefs in a game that went right down to the wire. The Chargers are now sitting at 8-6, which has them sitting in the #6 spot in the AFC. They are not likely to climb much higher after the loss to the Chiefs, so it’s now all about securing that postseason spot. They have won 5 of their last 7 games, which is why I think they could be a threat once the playoffs roll around. LA has been a fantastic bet when playing on the road, going 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games away from home. The OVER has hit in 6 of their last 8 games.
Why bet on the Houston Texans
It has been a nightmare season for the Houston Texans, but you do have to say that their current 3-11 record is not totally unexpected. This is a franchise that has been on the slide for a couple of seasons, and with QB DeShaun Watson sitting out the season due to off field issues, the 2021 season was always going to be an uphill climb. There was one little bit of a silver lining last weekend, with the Texans going out and beating the struggling Jacksonville Jaguars 30-16. Home field has not been much of an advantage for the Texans, as they have now lost 6 in a row in their own building. Over the course of the last 12 games. The Texans have gone 4-8 ATS. The UNDER has hit in 5 of their last 6 versus teams from the AFC.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
It is always a little risky to go with a team that starts as a double-digit favorite, especially given the way things have gone this season. That said, I think the Chargers are gearing up for a playoff run, so I like them to head into Houston and get the job done.
NFL Week 16 Betting Pick: LA Chargers 35 Houston Texans 13