One of the marquee matchups of Week 3 is Houston Texans against the LA Chargers as they were both playoff teams last year and probably will be again this winter. It’s the Chargers’ first-ever look at Deshaun Watson and they are favored on the NFL odds.
How to Bet Texans vs Chargers 2019 NFL Week 3 Odds & Game Info
- When: Sunday, 4:25 PM ET
- Where: Dignity Health Sports Park
- TV: CBS
- Radio: SiriusXM/NFL
- Live Stream: NFL Game Pass
- NFL Week 3 Odds: LA Chargers -3 (Total 48.5)
Last Texans vs Chargers Meeting
In 2016, the Chargers were 21-13 winners in Houston. Philip Rivers threw for 242 yards and three touchdowns, while Dontrelle Inman had 119 yards receiving and a touchdown. Houston’s starting QB then was Brock Osweiler had three picks. Houston added a field goal with 37 seconds left and recovered an onside kick. But Osweiler’s first shot at the end zone was knocked down, and the second one was intercepted as time expired.
Sunday’s game will mark the seventh regular season meeting between the two teams as the Chargers hold a 5-1 advantage. Rivers has thrown three or more touchdowns in all four of his games played against the Texans and a career passer rating of 120.6.
- Partly Cloudy: 22°C/73°F
- Humidity: 56%
- Precipitation: 1%
- Cloud Cover: 25%
- Wind: 10 mph SW
- Stadium Type: Open
Why Bet on Houston?
The Texans were lucky to win 13-12 last week at home vs. Jacksonville, stopping the Jags’ winning 2-point conversion right at the goal line. Deshaun Watson completed just 16-of-29 passes for 159 scoreless yards. The passing yardage was his fewest since he threw for 139 yards against the Jaguars on Oct. 21, 2018. He did score the Texans’ only touchdown of the game, his ninth career rushing touchdown. He now holds the Texans’ franchise record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback.
Watson was sacked four times by the Jaguars, marking the eighth consecutive game Watson has been sacked four or more times in a game. Watson is now tied with Blake Bortles (2014-15) and Jeff George (1997-98) for the longest streak of games taking four or more sacks since it became an official stat in 1982.
DeAndre Hopkins caught just 5-of-8 targets for 40 yards in the win. He was wrapped up in Jalen Ramsey’s coverage all day. Carlos Hyde rushed 20 times for 90 yards. Linebacker Whitney Mercilus was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 2. Mercilus recorded a pair of sacks and forced two fumbles. That was a week after he recorded a sack and picked off Drew Brees in the red zone Week 1.
Starting left tackle Laremy Tunsil expects to play against the Chargers in Week 3. Tunsil exited Week 2 with an ankle injury but only missed a handful of snaps. Coach Bill O’Brien said Tunsil’s injury isn’t “too bad” while expressing little concern for his Week 3 availability.
The Texans waived punter Trevor Daniel and signed Bryan Anger to replace him. Anger was with the Texans during the preseason. Daniel ranked 20th in the NFL in net average punt yards through two games this season.
Team Stats (Last 10 Games)
- Score: 16.67
- Rush Yards: 114.67
- Pass Attempts: 34.83
- Completion Percentage: 62.20
- Passing Yards: 221.17
- Total Yards: 335.84
- Turnovers: 3.00
Why Bet on LA Chargers?
The Chargers could be 0-2 but got a bit lucky Week 1 vs. the Colts and then lost in Detroit last week 13-10. Philip Rivers completed 21-of-36 passes for 293 yards and one interception vs. the Lions. Rivers struggled under pressure throughout the afternoon without Hunter Henry (knee) and, additionally, Mike Williams on a snap count. In the final minute of regulation with a chance to send it to OT, Rivers forced a ball to Keenan Allen and was picked off.
Rivers started his 210th consecutive game, tying Eli Manning for the second-most among QBs all-time and tied for the sixth-most consecutive starts among NFL players since 1970. Rivers (55,282) also became just the eighth player in NFL history to reach 55,000 career passing yards. This week, he can climb another prestigious list in NFL history.
With 300 yards passing at home vs. Houston Rivers (63) will surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (63) for sole possession of fourth on the NFL’s all-time list of 300-yard passing games, trailing only Drew Brees (116), Peyton Manning (93) and Tom Brady (88).
Williams, who was listed as questionable coming into Sunday’s game, recorded 83 yards receiving on three receptions, including a diving 47-yard grab at the end of the first half that set up a Ty Long field goal. Running back Austin Ekeler tallied 133 total yards at Detroit, including 66 yards rushing and 67 yards receiving, moving into fourth in Chargers history in receiving yards by an undrafted running back.
Strong Defense & New Weapons
The Chargers limited the Lions to 94 yards rushing on 28 carries, a stingy 3.4 yards per carry, after allowing 203 yards on 33 carries (6.2 yards per carry) to the Colts in Week 1.
According to head coach Anthony Lynn, safeties Jaylen Watkins and possibly Nasir Adderley will see an increase in playing time after safety Adrian Phillips suffered a broken arm in the Chargers Week 2 loss against the Lions.
Team Stats (Last 10 Games)
- Score: 27.33
- Rush Yards: 96.50
- Pass Attempts: 24.17
- Completion Percentage: 63.45
- Passing Yards: 196.83
- Total Yards: 293.33
- Turnovers: 0.83
Texans vs Chargers 2019 NFL Week 3 Betting Trends
- Chargers are 10-3 SU in their last 13 games at home
- Chargers are 16-2-2 ATS in their last 20 games against an opponent in the AFC South division
- The total has gone UNDER in 7 of LA Chargers’ last 8 games played in week 3
- Texans are 2-5 SU in their last 7 games played in September
- Texans are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games played in week 3
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston’s last 5 games on the road
Expert Final Score Prediction for Texans vs Chargers
Houston Texans 20 – Los Angeles Chargers 24