Houston Texans vs. Kansas City Chiefs NFL Week 1 Betting Picks, Analysis and Odds
The best NFL betting sites favor the Kansas City Chiefs over the Houston Texans by 10 points in their 2020 NFL regular season-opening game on September 10 at 7:20 p.m. CT at Arrowhead Stadium.
2020 NFL Week 1 Texans vs. Chiefs Betting Odds
|Texans||+10 (-120)||54 (-115)||+350|
|Chiefs||-10 (EV)||54 (-105)||-450|
Betting Houston Texans
The Texans are road dogs according to the best online sportsbooks. For the first time in their training camp, the players went inside NRG Stadium for a scrimmage. A scrimmage that precluded hitting and taking players to the ground. Head coach Bill O’Brien wants this team to be as healthy as possible when Houston begins the regular season. O’Brien’s approach the scrimmage was that of a night game. From pregame warming up, to hit the locker room at halftime. The public address announcer gave it a regular-season game treatment complete with a play-by-play.
“We weren’t really going live, but I feel like we got a lot out of it,” O’Brien said. “We had our whole routine like it was a night game as best we could. I thought we were able to get a lot done.” Guided by Deshaun Watson, the first-team offensive bested the second-team defensive, and the first-team defensive bested the second-team offensive. “We got a lot of situations done,” O’Brien said. “We had third down, and we were in the red area. Had long drives. We got a lot of special teams work done. We were able to get a lot of guys on film. We’ll probably do this to some degree probably one more time.”
Per the best NFL betting sites, Houston is 2-4 ATS in their last six games against Kansas City. 2-5 SU in their last seven games against Kansas City. The total has gone over in four of Houston’s last six games against the AFC. The Texans are 4-2 SU in their last six games against the AFC West. The total has gone under in 12 of Houston’s last 16 games in September. Houston is 1-4 SU in their last five games in week 1. And 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games played on a Thursday.
Betting Kansas City Chiefs
The objective for Kansas City’s defense is to pick up where they left off last season. There was a big difference between the Chiefs’ defense in the first 10 games last season and the last six. It ranked 23rd in points allowed with almost 24 per game in the first 10. But it led the league with 11.5 per game after that.
“We expect to pick up where we left off last season, as one of the best defenses in the National Football League,” defensive back Tyrann Mathieu said. “It wasn’t pretty, and I know we don’t have this extra amount of first-round draft picks. We’ve just got a lot of guys that work hard and fit our scheme really well. A lot of those guys are coming back. The expectation is to be one of the best defenses in the National Football League and obviously to start the season faster and finish even stronger.”
The slow start was not a surprise last year. KC had many new defensive elements, including coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. A staff of assistant coaches. The basic system and several players. “At the beginning of the season we were trying to learn the defense,” safety Juan Thornhill said. “We were trying to figure out how to play together, trying to figure out what were guys’ strengths and weaknesses. Midway through the season we started to click because guys started to know.”
Houston Texans vs. Kansas City Chiefs NFL Betting Picks
The Chiefs will win, cover the point spread, and the total will go under.