Houston at New Orleans NFL Preseason Betting Preview & Odds

Houston at New Orleans NFL Preseason Betting Preview & Odds

Written by on August 26, 2017

Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints will play host to Tom Savage and the Houston Texans in a Week 3 NFL preseason matchup that should reveal a lot about both teams in the most important tune-up game prior to the start if the regular season. With both teams currently sitting at 1-1, let’s find out where the value in this matchup of playoff hopefuls lies as the Saints are slight underdogs against the Texans for this Preseason matchup.

Houston at New Orleans NFL Preseason Betting Preview & Odds

When: Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 8:00 PM ET Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome TV: NFL Network Radio: KILT 610AM (Houston) / WWL 870 AM (New Orleans) Stream Option: NFL Game Pass NFL Preseason Odds: New Orleans Saints -1.5 / Total: 44 Weather Forecast
  • Mostly Cloudy: 28°C/83°F
  • Humidity: 83%
  • Precipitation: 15%
  • Cloud Cover: 76%
  • Wind: 4 mph E
  • Stadium Type: Indoor
  • Wind Field Impact: N/A

Why Bet on the Houston Texans Odds at +3?

The Texans are a good bet in this matchup because they have one of the best defenses in all of football. Houston lost its preseason opener against Carolina 27-17 but rebounded in Week 2 to beat New England 27-23 in Week 2 as Tom Savage completed 8 of 9 passes for 98 yards and one touchdown before leaving. Rookie backup Deshaun Watson struggled in completing just 3 of 10 passes for 102 yards but added a rushing score in the win. Veteran running back Alfred Blue led Houston with 20 yards on five carries while rookie running back D’Onta Foreman rushed for one score and caught two passes for 66 yards. Defensively, Dylan Cole led the Texans with 10 tackles while defensive back Denzel Rice picked off Jimmy Garoppolo in the win.

Team Statistics

Offensive Total Yards: 311.83 Current Offensive Rush Yards: 116.00 Offensive Passing Yards: 195.83 Average Score For: 17.89 Defensive Total Yards: 300.17 Current Defensive Rush Yards: 97.72 Defensive Passing Yards: 202.44 Average Score Against: 20.89

Cincinnati at Washington Football Preseason Odds & Expert Analysis

Why Bet on the New Orleans Saints Odds at -3?

The Saints are a good bet in this contest because they have an explosive offense and a future Hall of Fame quarterback. New Orleans lost its preseason opener against Cleveland 20-14 but rebounded to beat the Chargers 13-7 in Week 2 as veteran backup Chase Daniel completed seven of 12 passes for 80 yards and led the Saints to 10 first quarter points. Rookie running back Alvin Kamara led the Saints with 61 yards and a touchdown on five carries, including a 50-yard burst on the first hand-off. Wide receivers Michael Thomas and Trey Edmunds combined for 50 receiving yards on two receptions. Are the Saints a safe betting pick in Week 3 of the NFL Preseason? Defensively, linebacker Manti Te’o continued resurrecting his career and the Saints defense with a team-high nine tackles, while Craig Robertson added one sack and Adam Bighill picked off Cardale Jones once. Drew Brees will see his first action this preseason in this Week 3 affair against Houston.

Team Statistics

Offensive Total Yards: 426.00 Current Offensive Rush Yards: 108.94 Offensive Passing Yards: 317.06 Average Score For: 29.31 Defensive Total Yards: 375.38 Current Defensive Rush Yards: 101.62 Defensive Passing Yards: 273.75 Average Score Against: 28.38

Houston Texans vs. New Orleans Saints Game History

Total Meetings: 4 First Meeting: November 14th, 2003. Louisiana Superdome. New Orleans, Louisiana Last Meeting: November 29th, 2015. NRG Stadium. Houston, Texas All-Time Series:  Tied 2-2-0 Largest Margin of Victory: New Orleans 31-10 (2003) Longest Win Streak: Tied 1 Current Win Streak: Houston 1 (2015)

Expert Analysis and NFL Preseason Pick

The Houston Texans may have more balance on their roster when it comes to both sides of the ball, but they’re also just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and an identical 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. Conversely, the New Orleans Saints have gone 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games and 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The home team in this rivalry is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings while the favorite is an identical 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings. With Drew Brees back on the field tonight, I’ve got to believe the Saints will hold it down at home to get the win and narrow ATS cover. Houston has been inconsistent on the defensive side of the ball so far this preseason, making the Saints the pick to win and cash in!

NFL Preseason Pick: New Orleans 31 Houston 27

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