This Sunday the Washington Redskins (6-3) will host the Houston Texans (6-3) in a matchup of two division leaders. Kickoff for this non-conference slate is set for 1:00 EST at FedEx Field and will be televised locally on CBS.
Oddsmakers currently have the Texans listed as a 3-point road favorite with the total set for 42.5 points. Click here for a full look at the Week 11 NFL betting schedule and for more links to our game previews.
Texans vs Redskins Vegas Game Preview & NFL Betting Odds
Houston will be returning from their bye week looking to extend a 6-game winning streak. The Texans have completely flipped the script this season, as they looked dead in the water after their 0-3 start. Now they are the clear-cut favorites to take home the AFC South title. Houston has been a very profitable bet during this run, as they have are 4-1-1 during the win streak and come in having covered 3 straight.
The Redskins enter off a crazy 16-3 win at Tampa Bay in Week 10. Washington caught all the breaks, as they held the Bucs to a mere 3-points, despite give up 29 first downs and more than 500 total yards. The Redskins forced 4 turnovers and did just enough offensively to secure the win. Washington remains in the driver seat in the NFC East. They got a 2-game lead and are the only team in the division with a winning record.
NFL Betting Predictions & Free Spread Pick: Texans -3
My early lean here would have to be to lay the short number with Houston on the road. I just don’t think the Redskins are anywhere close to as good as their 6-3 record would lead you to believe. On the flip side of this, I think Houston is flying way under the radar, which isn’t easy to do for a team that’s won 6 straight.
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Washington had no business winning last week at Tampa Bay. The Bucs had a 501-286 edge in total yards and 29-15 advantage in first downs. That’s now two straight weeks the defense has been torched, while the offense has struggled. They gave up 38 points and 491 yards to the Falcons at home. This defense also got torched by the Saints for 43 earlier this season.
I get that the Texans aren’t an offensive juggxrnaught, but they did recently put up 42 on the Dolphins and look for new wide out Demaryius Thomas to have a much bigger role now that he’s had two full weeks to learn the playbook.
It’s not so much that I think Houston is going to go into Washington and put up 35+ points. I hope they do. However, it’s more about the matchup between Washington’s offense against the Texans defense.
The Redskins have been decimated with injuries on the offensive line and there needs to be major cause for concern when you score a mere 30 combined points against two of the worst defenses in the league in the Falcons and Bucs. Going into Week 11, Atlanta is giving up 28.2 ppg and Tampa Bay is allowing 32.3. Keep in mind they only had 286 yards against the Bucs.
With that make-shift offensive line they can’t really throw a lot and desperately need to be able to have success running the football to have any shot at moving the ball down the field. Houston has a guy named J.J. Watt, who is without question one of the best defensive linemen to every play the game and leading a Texans defense that ranks 6th against the run (92.9 ypg). It’s not going to be a fun day for Alex Smith and I just don’t see Washington being able to score enough to keep this game competitive. Give me the Texans -3!