The Philadelphia Eagles attempted to remain perfect Thursday night, traveling to Houston to take on the seemingly-overmatched Texans. According to BetUS sportsbook NFL odds, 7-0 Philly is a stout two-touchdown favorite, total set at 45.
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Houston Texans Odds by BetUs
|Eagles||-13 (-110)||44 (-110)||-800|
|Texans||+13 (-110)||44 (-110)||+550|
Texans’ Tough Assignment
Houston isn’t having a great season. It was expected to struggle with this roster, but only one Texan win in seven games is rougher than imagined. At 1-5-1, the Texans are on a two-game losing streak, having fallen to Derrick Henry and the Tennessee Titans last week. Houston’s winless at home this season, and a game against the league’s last unbeaten team doesn’t figure to change that scenario.
Houston is (obviously) looking at which players will be with the team in the future. One that’s proven to be a building block is rookie running back Dameon Pierce. Pierce had impressed the league this season, proven to be the Texans’ star in the backfield. He has 539 yards (three touchdowns) so far, a small bright spot in an otherwise dismal season.
Houston hasn’t scored more than 24 points in a single game this season. Playing against arguably the best offense in the NFL, that’s not good. Houston is going to need quarterback Davis Mills to have a standout performance, and the defense to create some turnovers if it hopes to have any shot.
…a miniscule shot, but a shot.
With the trade deadline having passed earlier in the week, the Texans stood pat in Houston, which didn’t endear wideout Brandin Cooks to the idea of staying put in Houston.
Eagles Out for Eight
The Philadelphia Eagles, at 7-0, are the only undefeated team in the NFL. Philadelphia is coming off of a dominant win over the intrastate Pittsburgh Steelers art home last Sunday. The Eagles appear quite unstoppable, as they’re led by one of the best quarterbacks in Jalen Hurts. Hurts is top five in quarterback ratings, surrounded by offensive stars, including running back Miles Sanders (seventh in league rushing) as well as wide receiver A.J. Brown (sixth in receiving yards).
Philadelphia is top ten in several categories, including passing yards per game, rushing yards per game, points per game and points allowed per game. Philly is more balanced than any team in the NFL, and it’s challenging to find a weakness on either side of the ball. In short, Houston’s in trouble here.
Back to Brown, off a three-touchdown effort against the undermanned Steelers. There wasn’t a double- or triple-team that could slow him. Acquiring Brown this offseason has already proven to be a genius deal by Eagles’ general manager Howie Roseman.
At 5-1, r or +500, the Eagles are the favorite in the NFC (and second overall to the Buffalo Bills) to win the title, as per Super Bowl odds.
Eagles to Fly High
This will be a game of truly two disparate teams. The Texans are attempting to fight their way out of the category of “NFL’s worst team,” while the Eagles are trying to keep their undefeated season intact.
Expect the Eagles to take advantage of the mismatch and come through with a dominant Thursday victory, extending the “perfect season” chatter at least another week.
A two-touchdown spread is a lot for any NFL game, especially if you’re a road favorite. However, with how different these teams are playing, it’s not too much to envision. Houston’s inability to score as many as 25 points in a game so far, combined with a legit chance of the Eagles reaching at least 40 gives this all the making of a blowout.
About their only competition as of now comes in the form of the Phillies. Since after Mother Nature intervened Monday night, the teams are now playing at the same time.
It’s the same with the Texans and Astros, if you prefer to look at it that way.
In the football game, take the Eagles, lay the lumber.