Nick Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles will be in all-out desperation mode once again when they look to tame Deshaun Watson and the visiting Houston Texans in an intriguing Week 16 Inter-Conference clash.
After picking up a postseason-saving upset win last weekend, Philly will look to bag another big win in this contest while Houston looks to nail down as high a seed as possible in the quickly approaching AFC playoffs. Now, let’s find out who’s offering the best betting value in this matchup.
Texans vs Eagles NFL Week 16 Odds & Game Preview
- When: Sunday, December 23, 2018 at 1:00 PM ET
- Where: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- TV: CBS
- Live Stream: NFL Live
- NFL Week 16 Odds: Philadelphia -1 / Total: 45
- Clear: 6°C/43°F
- Humidity: 55%
- Precipitation: 0%
- Wind: 10 mph W
- Cloud Cover: 2%
- Type of Stadium: Open
Why Bet on Houston at +1?
Why should you consider betting on the Texans in this contest? The best reason would be because Houston has an elite defense. Then, there’s the fact that Philadelphia has been consistently inconsistent all season long and no one really knows which Birds team is going to show up from week to week.
Houston took out the New York Jets 29-22 last weekend to improve to 10-1 over their last 11 games. Deshaun Watson passed for 2914 yards while tossing two TD passes and no picks. The Texans average 25.1 points per game (11th) and limit the opposition to just 20.1 points per game defensively to rank a stellar fifth in points allowed.
- Average Score For: 25.14
- Total Yards: 363.50
- Pass Yards: 233.14
- Rush Yards: 130.36
- Average Score Against: 20.07
- Total Yards: 346.58
- Pass Yards: 258.29
- Rush Yards: 88.29
Why Bet On Philadelphia at -1?
Why should you consider betting on the Eagles in this Week 16 matchup? Well, the best two reasons are…first, because the Birds are desperate – and second, they’re playing at home. Philadelphia mauled the Los Angeles Rams 30-23 on Sunday to improve to 3-1 over their last four games. Starting in place of the injured Carson Wentz, veteran backup Nick Foles passed for 270 yards with no touchdowns and one interception but running back Wendell Smallwood added a pair of rushing scores and rookie running back Josh Adams added another. The Eagles average a modest 22.2 points per game (18th) while allowing 22.7 per contest defensively (16th).
- Average Score For: 22.21
- Total Yards: 354.72
- Pass Yards: 255.86
- Rush Yards: 98.86
- Average Score Against: 22.71
- Total Yards: 386.07
- Pass Yards: 281.21
- Rush Yards: 104.86
Texans vs Eagles NFL Week 16 Betting Trends
- Houston is 6-12-1 ATS in its last 19 games
- Houston is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games
- Philadelphia is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games at home
- Philadelphia is 15-4 SU in its last 19 games at home
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Philadelphia’s last 7 games at home
NFL Betting Prediction for Texans vs Eagles
While the vast majority of public bettors like Philadelphia in this contest, I don’t for a few reasons. The Texans have an elite defense that can contain anyone and Philadelphia has come up short over and over again this season, usually, at the most inopportune time. While Nick Foles won last season’s Super Bowl MVP award after leading the Eagles to their first Super Bowl title, I’m fully expecting Deshaun Watson to be the best quarterback on the field in this contest
The Texans are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win. Conversely, Philadelphia is just 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games, 1-5 ATS in their last six home games and 0-4 ATS in their last four games following an ATS win. I like Houston for the big road win in this one to cover the chalk.
NFL Week 16 Pick: Houston 27 Philadelphia 24