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Houston Texans vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Monday Night Football Betting Odds

Houston Texans vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Monday Night Football Betting Odds

The Texans take the J.J. Watt Show™ to Pittsburgh where Houston will try to break a 10-game losing streak as road underdogs when they face the Steelers on Monday Night Football. The Texans are 4-6 against the spread (ATS) during that skid and will face a Steelers team that is just 1-4 ATS in its past five home games against AFC South opponents.

So why is this matchup one of the most value-packed picks on the entire Week 7 schedule?

Here’s why!

Houston Texans at Pittsburgh Steelers
When: Monday, October 20, 2014
Kickoff: 8:30 PM ET
Spread: Pittsburgh -4
Total: 44.5

Texans Vs. Steelers Monday Night Football Betting Odds Preview

The Pittsburgh Steelers (3-3 SU, 2-4 ATS) have been the very definition of inconsistent this season as they’ve alternated SU wins and losses every single week for a month and a half.

The struggling Steelers enter this Week 7 Monday Night Football matchup coming off a stunning 31-10 beat-down at the hands of AFC North division rival Cleveland  on Sunday while never coming close to covering the spread as a 2.5-point road dog.

Still, the Steelers say they aren’t about to panic despite their slow start.

"There’s no time to panic," said veteran quarterback Roethlisberger, who has been sacked 17 times for the second-highest total in the NFL entering Week 7. "You guys are waiting for us to panic. We’re not panicking."

Roethlisberger completed just 21 of 42 passes for 228 yards with one touchdown and one interception against the Browns.

"Ben is always a calm guy in the huddle," said running back Le’Veon Bell, who has no touchdowns in five weeks. "Obviously when guys aren’t making plays there’s a little bit of frustration about everything. But he’s not throwing fits or tantrums about anything. He understands guys are going to make mistakes."

Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh offense will have to deal with J.J. Watt, Houston’s star defensive end who leads the NFL with 20 hits on quarterbacks his season and has four of his team’s 10 sacks.

Joining the 100 Million Dollar Man J.J. Watt could be first overall pick, rookie defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, who has been out since Week 1 after arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.

Cornerback Kareem Jackson wants Clowney back in the worst way.

"It (would) help a lot," Jackson said. "Just going in the game knowing we won’t have to cover as long. The guys we’ve had up front, they’ve been doing a great job thus far and to add (Clowney) is definitely going to make things that much better."

Houston (3-3 SU, 4-2 ATS) has dropped two straight including their heartbreaking 33-28 Week 6 loss to AFC South rival Indianapolis while failing to cover the spread as a 2.5-point home underdog. 

The Texans got 109 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries from Arian Foster in the win. Houston knows it needs to pressure Roethlisberger if they want to win this matchup.

Veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has gotten off to a string of abysmal starts and ranks last in the AFC with a 58.9 passer rating in the first quarter.

"What the film shows us is that everybody on offense has to play better. Everybody," head coach Bill O’Brien said.

I really like O’Brien and believe he’s going to get things turned around for the Texans at some point in the very near future, but I just don’t see Big Ben and company losing this important contest of they really want to keep their postseason hopes alive.

The Texans are just 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games versus their AFC counterparts and a winless 0-6 ATS in their last six Monday Night Football games.

The Steelers are 4-0 ATS in their last four games after allowing more than 30 points in their previous game and I believe that’s a great sign they’ll bounce back nicely in this contest against the Texans.

My Monday Night Football Betting Pick: Pittsburgh -4 Points

San Francisco Vs. Denver Sunday Night Football Odds and Picks 

San Francisco Vs. Denver Sunday Night Football Odds and Picks

Last Sunday night was supposed to be a high-scoring, see-saw, smash mouth game between NYG and Philadelphia, but no one told the G-Men who fell to Philadelphia 27 to 0.

This Sunday we should finally see the game we were promised last week when San Francisco battles Denver in a huge cross-conference matchup. Click here for more NFL Week 7 odds.

Matchup: San Francisco 49ers at Denver Broncos
Date: Sunday, Oct. 19
Start Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
Location: Denver, CO
Stadium: Sports Authority Stadium
TV Info: NBC
Live Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket
Radio: NFL Audio Pass
Point Spread: Denver -7.5
Money Lne: 49ers -+245, Broncos -290
Total: 49.5

A new poll came out that revealed that the Denver Broncos are now officially America’s Team.

A lot of that has to do with Peyton Manning under center. Manning is the reason that Denver is also sitting on a 4 and 1 record and looking like one of the best teams in the NFL at this point of the season. The elder Manning has passed for 1530 yards and 15 touchdowns to only 3 interceptions. He’s completing over 66% of his passes and has a 110 QB rating through 5 games.

Peyton Manning is three touchdown passes away from breaking Brett Favre’s record for the most career TDs, but the Denver Broncos are aware it might take more than a few flicks of the wrist to beat the San Francisco 49ers.

“Two big games coming up,” said Manning, who will face the AFC West-leading Chargers next week. “That’s plenty to think about.”

As impressive as those stats are, Denver hasn’t really shut down teams. Granted, they beat the fumbling New York Jets 31 to 17 before their bye week and they beat then undefeated Arizona by 3 touchdowns in a 41 to 20 rout, but they lost to Seattle 20 to 26 in overtime and had trouble against both Indianapolis and Kansas City.

Now, they face San Francisco and the trends favor the 49ers in this contest. San Francisco is 10 and 3 against the spread in their last 13 road games, 30-13-1 against the spread in their last 44 games overall and 26-19-1 ATS in their last 36 games after accumulating over 350 total yards in their previous game. But the Niners are also 5 and 12 ATS in their last 17 contests after playing on Sunday following a Monday night game.

Denver is 2 and 5 ATS in their last 7 games at home. This has a lot to do with the fact that at home they are often times too big of a favorite to cover. Will that happen this Sunday night?

Denver’s defense is solid against the rush. It allows only 76.8 yards per game on the ground. The Broncos defense is actually ranked fourth in the NFL. It gives up a total of 318.2 yards per game. Teams score only 20.8 points per contest. We know how the good offense is. It averages 389 yards per game.

But the Broncos don’t rush the ball that well and that could be the deciding factor between these two on Sunday night. Denver only runs for 91.2 yards per game. San Francisco’s defense allows only 79.8 yards per game on the ground. When it comes to the pass, the 49ers allow 207.3 yards and a total of 287.2 yards per contest. San Francisco has also gone 3 and 0 both straight up and against the spread in their last 3 games.

The winner of this Sunday night matchup against the spread could come down to one thing, running the ball. San Francisco is one of the top teams in the NFL in rush yards per game at 135.7. They are one of the best teams in the NFL at stopping the rush. The 49ers figure to force Peyton into throwing the ball way more than he’d like. One or two mistakes by Peyton could be what causes one team to cover and the other to not.

My Week 7 Sunday Night Football Pick: San Francisco 49ers +6.5

Will the Packers try and trick Carolina?

Will the Packers Try & Trick Carolina?

Both of these teams ended their game last weekend with somewhat of an odd story line, the Panthers took their game into overtime against the Bengals and were not able to capitalize, ending the game in a tie while the Packers on the other hand came out with a trick play making it look like they were going to spike the ball only to hurry the play and score a touchdown. Both of these teams are looking great on defense, their offense at times looks a little slow and rusty but I see that changing in this game.

Carolina Panthers vs. Green Bay Packers
Coverage: FOX
1:00 PM ET, October 19, 2014
Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI

The Panthers in my opinion seem to lack the high attraction player that makes the big play like Steve Smith did all the years he was there. I also feel that QB Cam Newton is taking more of the running game responsibility this season given the fact that he has 14 more running plays then he did this same time last year. Newton needs to be careful though because he cannot afford to get hurt in one of those runs.

The Packers come into this game knowing they almost lost to Miami and it took almost a miracle play to get them over the top. This Packers team seems very slow on offense, QB Aaron Rogers looks great but running back Eddie Lacy and receiver Jordy Nelson need to step up their game to get this team where they want to be. They have yet to lose on their home turf, so that will definitely add some advantage for them.

Las Vegas likes Green Bay, as always, I cannot remember the game that they opened as a dog, and they know that the public will bet them no matter what the line is. I see the smart money coming in on Carolina because of the running game that Cam can put on, it will really cause some issues for this Packers team that does not have a very good defensive line. Take Carolina in this game and you’ll be pleasantly surprised.