The NFL will play in Mexico City for the second time in 11 years when the Houston Texans take on the Oakland Raiders on Monday Night Football. The Week 11 NFL Houston Vs Oakland betting line favors the Raiders by 6-points. Kick-off is this Monday, November 21st at 8:30 PM ET on ESPN from the Estadio Azteca.
Estadio Azteca is 7,503 feet above sea level, by far the highest of any stadium where an NFL game will be played this season. The Broncos’ home stadium for comparison, is 5,195 feet above sea level.
Houston Texans Vs Oakland Line, Pick & How To Watch
What: Houston Texans (6-3) at Oakland Raiders (7-2)
When: Monday, November 21, 2016
Start Time: 8:30 PM ET
Where: Mexico City
Stadium: Estadio Azteca
Spread: Raiders -6
Moneyline: Houston +205 vs Oakland -245
Game Total: 46
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Houston vs Oakland
Why Bet The Houston Texans To Beat The Raiders
After beating the Jacksonville Jaguars 24-21 last week, the Houston Texans improved to 6-3 SU and 5-3-1 ATS this season. They average 17.9 points per game (29th) and allow 20.9 points per game (12th).
Houston averages 187.3 passing yards per game (32nd). QB Brock Osweiler (1818 yards, 11 TDs & 9 INTs) continues to struggle lead the Texans offense. Osweiler completed just 14 of 27 passes for 99 yards and two touchdowns against the Jags. WR DeAndre Hopkins (45 rec, 482 yards, 3 TDs) remains the top target in the offense but Osweiler can’t get him the ball. Hopkins only averages 53.6 receiving yards per game.
The Texans average 121.4 rushing yards per game (5th). RB Lamar Miller (168 car, 720 yards, 2 TDs) has 15 carries for 83 yards against Jacksonville last week. He has just two 100-yards game this season.
"A lot of things in this league stem off the run game," Osweiler said. "You need to be able to run the football so that you can stay balanced and so you can kind of keep defenses guessing what’s going to come next. You never want to become one-dimensional in this league. I think, just like any other game, the run game is just as important as the pass game."
The Texans have the 4th best total defense in the NFL. They give up 197.0 passing yards per game (3rd) and allow 120.7 rushing yards per game (26th). Houston has recorded 19 sacks this season (17th).
Why Bet The Oakland Raiders To Beat The Texans
The Raiders are tied at the top of the AFC West with a 7-2 SU and 6-3 ATS records. They average 27.5 points per game (5th) and give up 24.8 points per game (22nd).
Oakland averages 273.3 passing yards per game (6th). QB Derek Carr (2505 yards, 17 TDs & 3 INTs) is the franchise QB the Raiders needed after Rich Gannon a decade ago. He has had three games with three touchdowns or more in 2016. WR Amari Cooper (58 rec, 843 yards, 2 TDs) is his go-to-guy with WR Michael Crabtree (49 rec, 596 yards, 6 TDs) being the team’s TD beast. The Raiders average 127.8 rushing yards per game (4th). The O-line has done a great job opening holes for RB Latavis Murray (89 car, 393 yards, 8 TDs) who scored three touchdowns the last time faced Denver.
The Raiders defense is 25th in the NFL. They allow 283.0 passing yards per game (31st) 114.8 rushing yards (21st). Oakland has recorded 13 sacks this season (31st).
“We kind of expect it to be like a road game for the offense and special teams and home game for the defense in that our crowd is going to be really loud,” Del Rio said Thursday. “It’s going to be loud the whole time regardless of what side of the ball you’re on. That’s really how we’re approaching it.”
Betting Trends for this Matchup:
- Houston is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games
- Oakland is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
- Oakland is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
- Oakland is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Houston
- Oakland is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games when playing Houston
Expert ATS Pick
Oakland has earned the public’s trust this season, going 7-2 straight up & 6-3 against the spread with covers in their last three games. While the Texans are in the playoff hunt, the public isn’t feeling this team despite being 5-3-1 ATS. Public bets have pushed the point-spread to Raiders -6.
Early sharps were betting on the Raiders at lower numbers. This could be a great teaser bet.
Pick: Texas -6