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The 72 Million Dollar Man just lost his job to an unknown who makes 70 times less. It’s the best Christmas present for the underdog.
Tom Savage will make his first career start as the Houston Texans host the Cincinnati Bengals this weekend. The Week 16 NFL Cincinnati Vs Houston spread favors the Bengals by 2-points. Kick-off is this Saturday, December 24th at 8:25 PM ET on NFL Network from the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.
Cincinnati Bengals Vs Houston Texans Seahawks Spread & ATS Pick
What: Cincinnati Bengals (5-8-1) at Houston Texans (8-6)
When: Saturday, December 24, 2016
Start Time: 8:25
Where: Houston, TX
Stadium: NRG Stadium
Spread: Bengals -2
Game Total: 42
Watch: NFL Network
Listen: Cincinnati vs Houston
Why Bet The Cincinnati Bengals To Beat The Texans
The Bengals won’t make the playoffs this year. That doesn’t mean they won’t want to enjoy Christmas with their sixth win of the season. They are 5-8-1 SU and 4-9-1 ATS this season. They average 20.4 points per game (23rd) and allow 20.9 points per game (11th).
Cincinnati averages 248.6 passing yards per game (15th). QB Andy Dalton (3712 yards, 16 TDs & 7 INTs) has had a pedestrian season. Dalton threw two touchdowns and zero picks in two of the last three games. Last week, against the Pittsburgh Steelers, he threw one interception and zero TDs. His team lost 24-20. WR A.J. Green (66 rec, 964 yards, 4 TDs) could be back this week. He has missed the last four games with a hamstring injury. The Bengals average 111.9 rushing yards per game (11th). RB Jeremy Hill (215 car, 831 yards, 9 TDs) ran for 43 yards and one touchdown against the Steelers last week. He’s dealing with a knee injury.
The Bengals have the 21st-ranked total defense in the NFL. They allow 242.0 passing yards per game (13th) and 117.5 rushing yards per game (26th). Cincinnati has 26 sacks this season (24th). Vontaze Burfict has 101 tackles, and Carlos Dunlap has 7.0 sacks.
Why Bet The Houston Texans To Beat The Bengals
The Houston Texans lead the AFC South going 8-6 SU and 6-7-1 ATS. They beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 21-20 last week. They average 17.7 points per game (28th) and allow 21.0 points per game (12th).
The Texans average 198.4 passing yards per game (30th).
After a dreadful first half Sunday, QB Brock Osweiler (2704 yards, 14 TDs & 16 INTs) was benched. His backup, Tom Savage, came in and promptly led Houston to a 21-20 comeback win after Osweiler had spotted the Jaguars 13 points. Savage (260 yards, 0 TDs & 0 INTs) will start after saving the Texans’ season last week.
"I got the little dry mouth at first," Savage admitted after the game. "I was kind of in shock, but other than that, just shook it off and kind of went out there and tried to execute my job."
Osweiler signed a four-year, $72 million contract with the Texans this offseason, though only two years and $37 million is guaranteed. This year, Osweiler had a $12 million signing bonus and is set to make $9 million total between his base salary and roster bonus. By comparison, Savage is on the final year of the rookie contract he signed in 2014, which will pay him $300,584 this season.
WR DeAndre Hopkins (68 rec, 788 yards, 4 TDs) could be in for his breakout game of the season after being ignored by Osweiler for most of the season. Houston averages 122.7 rushing yards per game (5th). RB Lamar Miller (268 car, 1073 yards, 5 TDs) reached the 1000-yard mark for the second time in his career. He is questionable for this game.
Houston has the best total defense in the NFL. They allow 204.0 passing yards per game (2nd) and 103.0 rushing yards (16th). The Texans have recorded 24 sacks this season (29th). Benardrick McKinney has 121 tackles, and Whitney Mercilus has 5.5 sacks.
If You Still Can’t Decide Who To Bet On:
- Cincinnati is 4-10-2 ATS in its last 16 games
- Cincinnati is 2-4-1 SU in its last 7 games
- Houston is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
- Houston is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
- Houston is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Cincinnati
- Houston is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Cincinnati
Expert ATS Pick & Final Score Prediction
When picking a winner, I hate not knowing what to expect with a new QB under center and when in doubt, I take the points.
My final score prediction is Cincinnati 17, Houston 14.