NFL Preseason Patriots vs. Texans Week 2 Betting Odds

NFL Preseason Patriots vs. Texans Week 2 Betting Odds

Written by on August 17, 2017

It doesn’t matter what you think of the Patriots this Week 2 and the way they conduct their business, they have been perhaps the most successful sports franchise in the past 10-15 years. During that time, Tom Brady has staked his claim to being the GOAT, with Coach Bill Belichick also in the running to stake that same claim. With Brady now 40 years of age, it’s fair to say that we are beginning to come to the end of this amazing partnership, but given how the QB performed in the Super Bowl last season, that end may be further away than some imagine. On the other hand, before we go deep into this match facts, feel free to take a look at the current NFL preseason betting odds for this and many other games here. That said, we all remember how quickly the likes of Manning and Favre deteriorated in their final couple of seasons. Over in Houston, it has been the lack of a great QB that has prevented this team from taking the next step, but they believe they may have found their franchise QB of the future with DeShaun Watson. The kid certainly looked poised in Week 1 of the preseason, but we are going to reserve judgment until he is forced to face the #1 offensive units in this league. The Patriots and Texans will hook up in Week 2 of the preseason in Texas on Saturday night.

NFL Preseason New England vs. Houston Week 2 Betting Odds

 
  When: Saturday, August 19 at 8 PM EST Where: NRG Stadium, Houston TV: NFL Network Radio: Sirius XM Radio Stream Option: NFL Game Pass NFL Week 2 Odds: Houston Texans -1½ (-110) GAMETIME WEATHER Clear 32°C/89°F Humidity 62% Precipitation % 2% Cloud Cover 22% Wind 9 mph SSE Stadium Type Retractable

Straight Up Stats

The Patriots come into this game as slight underdogs, and will not be pleased at having lost their first preseason game to Jacksonville. The Patriots had another stellar season last year, going 17-2 and winning the Super Bowl. They are now an incredible 45-11 over the past 3 seasons, building an 18-7 record during that run. They were not the road dog very often, but when they were, they went 4-1. The Houston Texans went 10-8 last season, eventually losing in the Divisional Round in the postseason. They have been a solid 28-23 since 2014, which includes an impressive 18-8 record in their own building. They have been particularly good as a home favorite over the past 3 seasons, compiling the best record in the NFL at 15-2.

Point Spread Stats

If you had bet the Patriots ATS in each of their games in 2016, you would have made a tidy profit, as they went 16-3. They are a slight 1.5-point underdog for this one on the road. They were not quite as impressive on the road, going just 14-11 ATS since 2014, although they did go 4-1 as a road underdog, which may serve them well for this one. The Texans struggled a little ATS last season, so during Week 2 this year we will see them play better. The Texans struggled a little ATS last season, going 7-10-1, which took their 3-year record to 25-24-2, making them a coin flip choice at best. They were a little better at home, going 14-11-1 since 2014, and were particularly good as a home favorite, where they went 11-5-1. The records of these two teams make the ATS bet a tough one to call.

OVER/UNDER Stats

The O/U for this one is set at 41 points. The Patriots won a lot last season, but only saw 9 of their 19 games go OVER. This has not been the trend for them, though, as their 3-year O/U record sits at 30-25-1. Things tend to stay low-scoring on the road, with the Pats O/U record at 11-14, although they went 3-2 when listed as the road underdog. The Houston Texans O/U record for 2016 came in at 8-10, taking their record over the past 3 seasons to 24-26-1. When playing at home since 2014, the Texans O/U record was 11-15, and was just 7-10 when they were the home favorite.

Week 2 Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

These two have met 3 times since 2015, and it was the Patriots who won all 3, holding the Texans to a combined 22 points. Given all the stats we have broken down here, I like the Patriots to win a close one, and I think the UNDER will be the way to go in this one.

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NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS TEAM STATISTICS

Offensive total yards 396.63 Current Offensive rush yards 112.16 Offensive passing yards 284.47 Average Score For 28.68 Defensive total yards 327.47 Current Defensive rush yards 88.37 Defensive passing yards 239.11 Average Score Against 16.37

HOUSTON TEXANS 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

New England Patriots 20 Houston Texans 17

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