NFL Betting Game Preview and Predictions-New England vs Houston

Written by on December 12, 2015

The New England Patriots (10-2) are traveling to Houston to take on the Texans (6-6) in the Sunday Night Football NFL betting match up in Week 14, looking to stop a two-game losing streak. They haven’t dropped two in a row since 2012, and they haven’t dropped three in a row since 2002. They are 3.5-point road favorites, and the over-under total on this game is 44.5 points.

The Patriots, obvious choice but why?

Last week, the Patriots fell at home to the Philadelphia Eagles, 35-28. However, you can’t hang that loss on the Patriot defense, as the Eagles had a 99-yard pick six return and two special teams touchdowns. The Pats had been eight-point favorites but appeared to fall asleep at the wheel a bit in that one. It’s unlikely that Bill Belichick’s team will have that happen two weeks in a row. Belichick is facing his former offensive coordinator (Bill O’Brien, the Texans’ head coach) as well as Tom Brady’s former backup in Brian Hoyer. The Patriots no longer hold the top seed in the AFC at the present time, as the Denver Broncos would hold the tiebreaker if the season ended today. The Patriots do not expect tight end Rob Gronkowski (knee) to play, but they will be playing a Texans team that has a lot of problems on offense.

Can the Texans pull off the Upset?

JJ-Watt-vs-Saints-NFL-Betting-compressorIt’s important to remember that the Texans have also beaten the Cincinnati Bengals this year — and that was with backup quarterback T.J. Yates at the helm. J.J. Watt leads the NFL in sacks with 13.5, and if he can harass Brady enough, that could keep the Patriots off the field and give Hoyer some chances to lead the Texans up and down the field — and it could hurry Brady into some key turnovers.

Patriots @ Texans NFL Betting Game Prediction

The Patriots have won four of the last five games in this series, averaging about 37 points per game, but the Pats’ offense has a line full of injury holes and is missing their most dynamic player in Gronkowski. The Pats have not covered a road game since their whipping of the Bills in Week 2. Look for the Texans to cover this week.