Houston Texans vs. New England Patriots Odds and Picks – NFL Week 1
NFL gambling sites know the New England Patriots like to mess with the Texans. The Pats and the Texans have met on 10 occasions in their shared history. The Patriots have come out victorious in nine of those encounters. That includes their last seven straight games. However, this should not lure New England into a false sense of security. Last season’s meeting was to close for comfort, 36-33. And it was only Tom Brady’s heroics that held the Texans off. Moreover, this is a Houston team on the mend. Both Deshaun Watson and JJ Watt are returning from what were season-ending injuries. On the other hand, Brady and BBFF (Brady’s Best Friend Forever) Rob Gronkowski are looking good in practice.
Defensive end and thrice winner of the Defensive Player of the Year Award Justin James Watt is back. And he seems poised to make up for lost time. And so he should, after playing a combined eight games in the past two seasons. He had not miss a single game in the previous five years. “I love it, and whenever the passion goes away and whenever the love goes away, then it’ll be done,” Watt said. “I mean, I broke my back, I broke my leg and I still have the passion, so I don’t know if it’s going to go away any time soon. I have a whole lot of it and I’m really, really excited about just working and having fun and getting back out on the field.” Watt’s contributions will be key to at least get an ATS win against the Patriots.
There is good news on offense as well. Starting QB Deshaun Watson is also “cleared and ready to go,” according to GM Brian “No Pain No” Gaine. So that we’ll get to see a shootout between Watson and Brady. Oh joy!
Betting New England
According to the Boston Herald, “Brady looked like himself in the Patriots’ first training camp session, as did Rob Gronkowski.” Which is exactly the way it should be. Unless they have switched bodies like Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curties in Freaky Friday. Then the joke would be on NFL gambling sites. And on Tommy, would could not take a step without risking injury. But as long as the Gronk is healthy and Brady is the GOAT, then the Pats will remain favorites. To win the Super Bowl as well as to win pretty much every game. Heck, they’re faves even without Gronkowski.
And the good news keep on coming. Wide receiver Julian Edelman participated in team drills without a brace on his right knee. Which he had torn prior to last season. As a matter of fact, receiver Malcolm Mitchell was the only player not on the PUP list who didn’t participate. Players on that list include Matthew Slater, Kenny Britt, Jonathan Jones, Cyrus Jones, Nate Ebner, and Brandon Bolden.
Houston Texans vs. New England Patriots Sportsbook Odds and Info
- Date: September 9, 2018
- Time: 1:00 pm (ET)
- Venue: Gillette Stadium.
- Best online sportsbooks odds according to MyBookie.ag:
- HOUSTON TEXANS +6½ (-105) O 51 (-110)
- NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS -6½ (-115) U 51 (-110)
- The Patriots are 5-1 SU in their last six games.
- The Patriots are 3-2 ATS in their last five games.
- The total has gone under in five of the Patriots’ last eight games.
- The Texans are 0-6 SU in their last six games.
- The Texans are 1-5 ATS in their last six games.
- The total has gone under in four of the Texans’ last five games.
Free Pick: The Texans will come close again and even cover the 6.5-point spread. However, the Pats will confirm their supremacy in Houston.