The Houston Texan (0-2) will look to win their first game of the season on Sunday afternoon when they host the New York Giants (0-2) who are also in search of their first victory. Kickoff is set for 1:00 PM EST on Sunday, September 24th at NRG Stadium. The game will be televised on FOX.
Oddsmakers opened this game up with the Texans as 6-point home favorites. That line has remained unchanged, as Houston is currently available at -6. The total for this matchup is 41 points. Click here for a full look at the Week 3 NFL odds and for more links to our individual game previews.
Texans vs Giants Vegas Odds & Game Preview
New York struggled on offense again last weekend, losing a divisional showdown against the Dallas Cowboys 20-13. QB Eli Manning couldn’t find the end zone for the Giants and was also sacked a ridiculous eight times in the loss. He also had to deal with the embarrassment of going “viral”, as an image of him looking like a deer in headlights after another Dallas sack circulated the internet for 48 hours. Manning has passed for over 500 yards total through his first two games, but has only managed to throw one touchdown pass. RB Saquon Barkley continues to develop, as he looked great catching the ball out of the backfield last week against Dallas. As a whole, the New York offense is only averaging 14 points per game which ranks 30th overall.
The Giants have looked above average on defense, which is clearly a bright spot for the team despite their 0-2 start. New York is giving up an average of just 20 points per game through the first two games, which is 10th best in the NFL. They have been fantastic against the pass, allowing opponents an average of just 164 yards through the air per game (2nd).
Houston lost their second consecutive game last weekend in stunning fashion, losing 20-17 on the road to the Tennessee Titans. The loss might not have been so bad for the Texans if they had been facing usual starting Titans QB Marcus Mariota, who ended up missing the game due to an injury. QB Deshaun Watson played much better in Week 2 than he did in the Texans opening game against the Patriots, passing for 310 yards and two touchdowns. The dynamic receiving duo of Will Fuller and DeAndre Hopkins also played quite well, especially Fuller who hauled in eight receptions for 113 yards in his first game back from a hamstring strain.
The Texans have been pretty average so far on the other side of the ball, which is somewhat surprising considering they were a Top 5 defense last year. Houston is currently giving up an average of 23.5 points, which places them 18th overall heading into Week 3. J.J. Watt has yet to really get back on track after his broken leg, as he is still in search of his first sack of the season.
Free NFL Betting Prediction: Houston -6
This is a pretty tough spot, and one that I’m likely going to stay away from on Sunday. Both of these teams have struggled immensely to start the season and I don’t like guessing which versions of Deshaun Watson and Eli Manning will show up. However, I think the Texans probably have a slight edge against the spread in this game solely due to the fact they are playing at home and got Will Fuller back last week. He is a real difference maker for this offense, as he has game-breaking abilities and also frees up room for DeAndre Hopkins. I’m fairly confident that the Texans will start to look better on defense sooner rather than later, especially with the Swiss-cheese offensive line New York is rolling out right now. I’d be shocked if J.J. Watt doesn’t record his first sack of the season on Sunday afternoon.
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Both of these teams have struggled against the spread lately, especially Houston. The Texans are a brutal 0-6 ATS over their last six games overall and 0-5 ATS in their last five games following a loss. New York has been almost equally as bad, going 2-5 ATS over their last seven game against teams with a losing record and 2-4 ATS in their last six games overall.
Deshaun Watson has also shown signs that he is moving in the right direction after an impressive performance through the air last week. RB Lamar Miller has certainly helped a lot on the ground, rushing for 166 yards combined in his first two games of the season. I’m not going to completely write-off the Texans just because they lost to Blaine Gabbert last weekend. They showed a lot of heart against the Patriots in Week 1 and I’m predicting they finally break through here in Week 2. I’ll take Houston to win by a touchdown at home over the G-Men.