Houston Texans at Denver Broncos Monday Night Football Odds

Posted by Peter Boysen on October 22, 2016 in

The Denver Broncos suddenly face a two-game losing streak which could become three if the Houston Texans can pull off the upset on Monday Night Football. Both teams sit at 4-2, but the Texans come in on the momentum of a 26-23 comeback win over the Indianapolis Colts in overtime last week, while Denver took a 21-13 thumping from hapless San Diego last Thursday. Take a look at all of our NFL picks for this coming weekend’s tilts.

Houston Texans at Denver Broncos Monday Night Football Odds

When: Monday, October 24, 2016, 8:30pm ET
Where: Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver
TV: ESPN
Radio: Houston Texans Radio Network / Denver Broncos Radio Network
Live Stream: WatchESPN / NFL Live
NFL Odds: Denver (-7), O/U 41

 

Why should you put your money on the Texans?

The Houston Texans trailed the Indianapolis Colts by 14 points late in the fourth quarter last week, but they roared back for a 26-23 overtime win. Brock Osweiler threw for 269 yards and a pair of scores (and a pick). Lamar Miller played a terrific game on the ground, picking up 149 yards (a season best) and finding the end zone. The Colts’ rushing defense lacks the strength of the Broncos’, but Miller should enter this game with a world of confidence. The Texans’ offensive woes have limited them to just 18 points per game, but maybe this comeback will give them a jolt that will help them move the ball with confidence.

On defense, the Texans contained Andrew Luck but permitted 161 yards on the ground. Benardrick McKinney led Houston with 12 5ackles and a sack. This team has permitted 21.2 points per game, putting them about in the middle of the NFL, but given that Denver only put up 13 against San Diego last week, the Texans definitely have a good chance.

Why should you bet on the Broncos?

Trevor Siemian has returned from his injury, but he struggled to move the ball down the field against San Diego last week. He went 30 for 50 for 230 yards and a touchdowns, but his yards per completion (4.6) kept the offense from sustaining drives. He does well with ball security, though, which means the Texans likely won’t have the luxury of multiple turnovers. The Bronco defense remains solid, largely containing Phillip Rivers (178 yards). Von Miller tallied a sack and posted six tackles. If DeMarcus Ware can return for this game, the Broncos will be in even better shape.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

The Broncos have the better defense, while the Texans have a slightly better offense at this point. I’m going to go with the better defense in this game, which means I predict a final score of Denver 17, Houston 13.