There are plenty of fans out there who have hitched their wagons to teams that do not seem fully intent on committing to building a winning franchise. There does always seem to come a time, though, when those teams seem to get the message and begin to build a team that might soon be able to compete. The Houston Texans and the Jacksonville Jaguars have both been in the doldrums for a few years now, but for one of them, there does appear to be some light beginning to show at the end of the tunnel. That would be Jacksonville, who are off to a pretty decent start to the year, and who come into this one with an opportunity to get above .500 for the season. The Jaguars are favored by 7 points on home field, with the point total for this one set at 43 ½. Let’s take a closer look at both teams and how they stack so you can place your bets against their NFL Odds.
NFL Week 5 Betting Preview for Houston Texans at Jacksonville
Houston Texans versus Jacksonville Jaguars Match Info
- When: Sunday, Oct 9 at 1 PM EST
- Where: TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville
- TV: CBS
Why bet on the Houston Texans
The Texans started out the season with a rare tie game versus the Indianapolis Colts, and while that was viewed by some as being a decent result, the same cannot be said for the rest of their games this season. The Texans have now lost 3 in a row and are averaging about 17 PPG during that run. It’s hard to win many games when the offense just isn’t putting that many points on the board. All of this might make you assume that wagering on the Texans might be akin to flushing your money down the toilet, but they have been a decent pick against the spread, going 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games versus conference foes. They are also 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 road games. There is a pretty clear trend when looking at the point total, too, with 7 of the Texans last 9 road games going UNDER.
Why bet on the Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars opened the season with a loss to Washington, leading many to believe that it might be another long season for Jacksonville. They changed that opinion by winning their next 2 games and looking very competitive last weekend in a loss to the undefeated Philadelphia Eagles. The question now is whether the Jaguars can raise their game again, or are they going to take a step back and play to the level of their opponent in Week 5? The truth is that there is not a lot to like about the Jaguars if you are considering betting them against the spread. They have managed to cover just 3 times in their last 9 games and just 2 of their last 9 after an ATS loss. The UNDER has hit in 6 of the last 7 games that Jacksonville has played at home.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I think the obvious wager here is to go with the UNDER in this game. That aside, I also like the Jaguars to win and cover, despite the fact that they have struggled ATS in recent times. A lower scoring game here, I believe.
NFL Week 5 Betting Pick: Houston Texans 13 Jacksonville Jaguars 21