Detroit Lions Vs Houston Texans Line & PickNoah Williams
Two teams with 4-3 records will look for a win when the Detroit Lions face the Houston Texans this Sunday. The NFL Week 8 betting line favors the Texans by 2.5-points. Kick-off on FOX this Sunday, October 30th at 1:00 PM ET, from the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.
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Detroit Lions Vs Houston Texans Line & Pick
The NFL week 8 line opened with the Texans as 3-point (even money) favorites to beat the Lions. The line has dipped to 2.5-points now. If you want to bet the O/U the game total is 45. The money favors the Texans at -130 while you can cash in at +125 if you back the Lions.
What: Detroit Lions (4-3) at Houston Texans (4-3)
When: Sunday, October 30, 2016
Start Time: 1:00 PM ET
Where: Houston, TX
Stadium: NRG Stadium
Spread: Texans -2.5
Moneyline: Detroit +125 vs Houston -130
Game Total: 45
Watch: FOX Sports
Stream: Fox Sports Go
Listen: Detroit vs Houston
Why Bet The Detroit Lions To Beat The Texans
The Detroit Lions have won three in a row after opening the season 1-4. Their 20-17 win over Washington last week pushed them to 4-3 SU and 4-3 ATS this season. They average 24.0 points per game (12th) and allow 24.3 points per game (21st).
The Lions average 259.1 passing yards per game (12th). QB Matthew Stafford (1914 yards, 15 TDs & 4 INTs) was being compared to Jay Cutler after the Lions awful start. Was Stafford still a franchise QB after Megatron’s retirement? Three wins in three games later and Stafford is earning raves. He ranks third in the NFL in passer rating (105.7), fourth in touchdown passes (15) and eighth in passing yards (1,914). Despite the Lions’ pass-heavy offense, Stafford has thrown just four interceptions, zero in his last three outings.
“I really don’t pay too much attention to it,” Stafford said about possible MVP talk. “I just care about how I perform for the guys in this locker room and this coaching staff and the owners and the people affected by the Lions. That’s what I care about. Preparing as hard as I possibly can to play well for those people.”
WR Marvin Jones (33 rec, 623 yards, 4 TDs) has filled in Megatron’s cleats as Stafford’s deep threat. He caught four passes for 94 yards. WR Anquan Boldin (32 rec, 272 yards, 4 TDs) has become the go-to-guy inside the red zone. Detroit averages 89.4 rushing yards per game (24th). RB Theo Riddick (50 car, 171 yards, 1 TD) is the rushing leader of the team. QB Matthew Stafford (21 car, 126 yards, 0 TD) is second just by scrambling out.
Detroit has the 26th-ranked total defense in the league. The Lions allow 273.0 passing yards per game (23rd) and 112.0 rushing yards per game (19th). They have recorded 15 sacks this season (14th). Tahir Whitehead leads the team with 61 tackles, and Kerry Hyder has 5.0 sacks.
Why Bet The Houston Texans To Beat The Lions
The Houston Texans look for some sort of consistency after splitting their last six games.
Their 27-9 loss to the Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football last week was especially embarrassing. They still lead the AFC South with a 4-3 SU record and 3-3-1 ATS. Houston averages 16.1 points per game (31st) and allows 22.0 points per game (14th).
The Texans average 204.0 passing yards per game (30th). After signing QB Brock Osweiler (1533 yards, 8 TDs & 8 INTs) to a collosal contract in the off-season, are the Texans feeling buyer’s remourse? With a duo of talented pass catchers, Osweiler should be lighting it up on the stat and score sheets. WR DeAndre Hopkins (36 rec, 390 yards, 3 TDs) had only five receptions for 12 yards against Denver. Hopkins and rookie WR Will Fuller have combined for 739 receiving yards and five touchdowns.
Houston averages 115.3 rushing yards per game (12th). RB Lamar Miller (136 car, 581 yards, 1 TDs) averages 4.3 yards per carry.
Houston has the 13th-ranked total defense in the NFL. The Texans give up 185.0 passing yards per game (2nd) and 135.4 rushing yards per game (29th). They have recorded 16 sacks this season (11th). Benardrick McKinney has 69 tackles, and Whitney Mercilus has 4.5 sacks.
Betting Trends for this matchup:
- Detroit is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games
- Detroit is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
- Detroit is 8-15 ATS in its last 23 games on the road
- Detroit is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games on the road
- Houston is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games
- Houston is 7-2-1 ATS in its last 10 games at home
- Houston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
Betting Pick & Final Score Prediction
The public is sold on the Lions, as they’ve won three straight (over the Eagles, Rams and Redskins). The Texans didn’t pick up any supporters with their 27-9 loss at Denver on national TV on Monday night. Sharps have refused to pick a winner in this tilt. The Week 8 NFL line as held steady at Houston -2.5 after opening at -3 (even money).