In a rather unusual situation, the Las Vegas Raiders and Houston Texans made a trade this week and now they will go play each other on Sunday in Houston with the traded player set to go against his former team (and no doubt provide some inside information to his new one). The Texans are solid NFL betting favorites as they look to regain first place in the AFC South.
How to Bet Raiders vs Texans NFL Week 8 Lines & Game Info
- When: Sunday, 4:25 PM ET
- Where: NRG Stadium
- TV: CBS
- Radio: SiriusXM
- Live Stream: NFL Game Pass
- NFL Week 8 Lines: Houston Texans -7 (Total 51.5)
Raiders vs Texans Last Meeting
These teams last played in the Wild-Card round of the playoffs following the 2016 regular season. Houston won 27-14 as the Raiders were without injured starting quarterback Derek Carr. Brock Osweiler was Houston’s QB back then and he threw for a score and rushed for one. He’s out of the NFL now.
Third-string then-rookie Connor Cook was the Las Vegas QB. He threw for 161 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions and became the first quarterback in NFL history to make his first start in a playoff game. The Raiders were 0-for-11 on third down.
Why Bet on Las Vegas?
The Raiders came out of their bye last Sunday on a two-game winning streak but were dominated in a 42-24 loss in Green Bay as Aaron Rodgers threw for five scores and rushed for a sixth. Derek Carr completed 22-of-28 passes for 293 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in the loss. It was a good day for Carr, but his lost fumble late in the second quarter completely changed the complexion of the game. Carr’s second half interception was needlessly forced into double coverage in the end zone. During the game, he became just the 14th quarterback in NFL history with at least 20,000 career passing yards in his first 84 career games.
Tight end Darren Waller caught 7-of-8 targets for 126 yards and two touchdowns. He had a third touchdown that got called back by offensive holding. Waller’s second score that counted came from backup Mike Glennon in garbage time. Waller surpassed Tim Brown for the most receptions (44) by a player in franchise history through the first six games of the season.
Rookie tailback Josh Jacobs rushed 21 times for 124 yards and had three receptions for 10 additional yards. Jacobs tied Marcus Allen for the most 100-yard contests by a player in franchise history through his first six career games, while becoming the only Raiders rookie ever to recorded consecutive 100-plus rushing yard games. Jacobs surpassed Bo Jackson for most rushing yards (554) in franchise history through a player’s first six career games. The Raiders rushing attack recorded over 150 rushing yards (155) for the third consecutive game for the first time since Weeks 13-15 in 2010 (San Diego, Jacksonville and Denver).
Oakland played without starting right tackle Trent Brown due to a calf injury and receiver Tyrell Williams with a foot issue. Coach Jon Gruden said Williams for this one. Williams put up 6-105-1, 5-46-1, 3-20-1 and 3-36-1 lines to start the season before missing the Raiders’ Week 5 and Week 7 matchups due to a foot injury.
- Points per Game: 20.60
- Passing Yards: 213.80
- Rushing Yards: 134.40
- Yards per Play: 5.67
- Points per Game: 24.60
- Passing Yards: 263.00
- Rushing Yards: 92.00
- Yards per Play: 5.84
Why Bet on Houston?
The Texans lost 30-23 at Indianapolis last week as Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett had arguably his best game as a pro. Houston was held to field goals on three red-zone trips in the first half, had to contend with a rare “in the grasp” call that took one touchdown off the board, an overturned replay review that put another one on the board for Indy and a plethora of penalties that Brissett used to his advantage. Darius Leonard sealed the win by picking off a tipped ball with 26 seconds left.
Deshaun Watson completed 23-of-34 passes for 308 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in the loss. The Texans were forced to operate without ace field-stretching WR Will Fuller (hamstring) for all but one drive. Fuller is expected to miss several weeks with a significant hamstring pull.
DeAndre Hopkins caught 9-of-12 targets for 106 yards and a touchdown in the loss. The Texans’ long-time No. 1 WR had another TD called back after the refs determined Watson was already in the defender’s grasp. Hopkins’ 12 targets could be a sign of things to come with Fuller out a while.
Houston has placed cornerback Phillip Gaines (ankle) on the injured reserve list. Gaines was carted off the field during the Texans’ Week 7 loss against the Colts. The Texans are already dealing with injuries to starting CBs Bradly Roby (hamstring) and Johnathan Joseph (shoulder). So they traded for Gareon Conley from Oakland to help address the position. The Texans gave up a third-round 2020 pick.
Conley wasn’t good in Oakland this year. As the closest defender in coverage, he had allowed opposing quarterbacks to go 21-of-29 for 389 yards with five touchdowns against a lone pick this season. That’s a 139.7 passer rating. The only cornerback who has been targeted at least 20 times who has given up more yards per attempt than Conley’s 13.4 yards per throw is the Chargers’ Desmond King.
- Points per Game: 27.00
- Passing Yards: 257.00
- Rushing Yards: 139.83
- Yards per Play: 6.12
- Points per Game: 22.33
- Passing Yards: 268.00
- Rushing Yards: 88.00
- Yards per Play: 5.74
Raiders vs Texans NFL Week 8 Betting Trends
- Over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings
- Favorite is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings
- Raiders are 5-12 SU in their last 17 games against an opponent in the AFC conference
- Raiders are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games against an opponent in the AFC South division
- The total has gone OVER in 6 of Oakland’s last 7 games on the road
- Texans are 4-2 SU in their last 6 games this season
- Texans are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games played in week 8
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Houston’s last 7 games at home
Expert Final Score Prediction for Raiders vs Texans
Oakland Raiders 31 – Houston Texans 31
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