During the offseason, we all watch the NFL headlines to see who is moving where, and how those moves might impact how a team performs in the coming season. It is the big splash moves that get all the press, but the harsh reality is that they don’t always have the impact that a team had hoped. For example, Russell Wilson is not really delivering as expected in Denver, while Davante Adams, who moved from Green Bay to Las Vegas, is having similar issues and is currently sitting 15th in the league in receiving yards. This has not been the season that many expected for the Las Vegas Raiders, but the good news is that they still have timed to dig out of their early hole. They will have a shot art doing that this weekend against a very poor Houston Texans team. The bookies have the Raiders in as a 7-point home favorite, with the point total set at 46. Let’s take a closer look at both teams and how they arrive to this Texans vs Raiders matchup so you can bet against their NFL Odds.
NFL Week 7 Betting Preview for Houston Texans versus Las Vegas Raiders
Texans v Raiders Match Info
- When: Sunday, Oct 23 at 4:05 PM EST
- Where: Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas
- TV: CBS
Why bet on the Houston Texans
At this stage of the proceedings, the Texans are simply looking to get back to some level of respectability after a couple of years where things happening off the field overshadowed everything and help contribute to poor performances on game day. It looks as though it’s going to be a long, hard road back, though, with the Texans coming in off their bye week with a 1-3-1 record. On a positive note, they got the opening win of the season in their last outing, a 13-6 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. You do have to wonder, though, if the bye week may have killed that potential momentum builder. That was just their 4th win in their last 20 games, but they have been a decent bet against the spread, going 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall. They have also covered in 4 of their last 5 trip to play the Raiders. The UNDER has hit in 8 of their last 10 games on the road.
Why bet on the Las Vegas Raiders
Expectations were high for the Raiders coming into this season, with the acquisition of Davante Adams leading many to believe that this team was ready to take the next step. It has, though, been a bit of a disaster in the early going, with the Raiders picking up just 1 win in 5 games. Included in one of those losses was an absolute giveaway to the Cardinals in a game that Las Vegas looked to have totally in hand. They have not been very good in conference games, going 1-4 SU in the last 5, although they have won 4 of their last 6 games in Week 7. It has also been a bit of a struggle against the spread, with the Raiders going 2-4 ATS in their last 6 outings. In their last 19 home games, the Raiders have seen the OVER hit 13 times.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
This is an absolute must win game for the Raiders, as a loss here probably kills their season stone dead. I do like them to get the win, covering in the process, but it is the OVER that jumps out here, with 4 of the last 5 against Houston going that route.
NFL Betting Pick: Houston Texans 17 Las Vegas Raiders 33