Houston at Oakland Week 11 Betting Pick & Odds

Posted by Peter Boysen on November 19, 2016 in

The Houston Texans and the Oakland Raiders will make history this Monday when they play the first edition of Monday Night Football outside the United States. Houston beat Jacksonville a week ago and comes with three wins in their last four games to sit at 6-3. The Raiders (7-2) come off their bye week and are in a tie for first in the AFC West with Kansas City. Take a look at all of our NFL picks for the coming weekend.

Houston at Oakland Week 11 Betting Pick & Odds

When: Monday, November 21, 2016, 8:30pm ET
Where: Estadio Azteca, Mexico City
TV: ESPN
Radio: Houston / Oakland
Live Stream: NFL Live
NFL Odds: Oakland (-5.5), O/U 46

Why should you bet on the Texans?

When Houston eked out a 24-21 win in Jacksonville last week, they solidified their hold on first place in the AFC South. Brock Osweiler managed the same solidly, even if his numbers were pedestrian (14 for 27, 99 yards, 2 TD), as the Texans did not commit a single turnover. Kareem Jackson hauled a pick-six back to the house for the Texans as well. Tailbacks Lamar Miller and Akeem Hunt combined for 136 yards on the game. Expect the Texans to have success moving the ball against an Oakland team that rushes the passer well but does not stop the run all that effectively.

Why should you put your money on the Raiders?

The Raiders are #7 in the NFL in yards from scrimmage, and quarterback Derek Carr is #7 in passing yards in the league for the season. Oakland has not lost the game after the bye week since 2011; this year, they have had plenty of time to game-plan Houston and heal up. In their last game, the Raiders beat AFC West rival Denver, 30-20, outgaining them on the ground 218-33 with three touchdowns from tailback Latavius Murray. This made the game easy for Carr, who only needed to throw for 184 yards in the win.

Betting Pick and Final Score Prediction

Neutral-site games can be tricky, but the Raiders have played so well away from Oakland that I expect this week to be just business as usual. I predict a final score of Oakland 31, Houston 23.