NFL Week 1 betting action continues with a matchup between two teams that are are giving every prognosticator all kinds of fits. Both squads have stellar defenses but lack offensive punch to win week in and week out even with top tier rushing attacks when healthy.
Its going to be the Kansas City Chiefs who are traveling to the NRG Stadium to take on the Houston Texans. The NFL oddsmakers have listed the Texans as 1-point favorites over the Chiefs. The game kicks off on CBS this Sunday, Sept 13th at 1:00 PM ET. Cord-cutters can stream the game live on CBSsports.com.
Betting Trends Related To This Matchup:
- Kansas City Chiefs 5-3 On Road since last season
- Kansas City Chiefs 6-2 As Underdog or PK since last season
- Houston Texans 0-2 When Line was 39.5 to 42.5 since last season
- Kansas City Chiefs 5-1 As Road Underdog since last season
- Kansas City Chiefs 2-6 O-U On Road since last season
- Houston Texans 3-4-1 O-U At Home since last season
- Kansas City Chiefs 3-7 O-U When Line is <45 since last season
- Houston Texans 5-6-1 O-U When Line is <45 since last season
- Kansas City Chiefs 3-4 O-U When Line was 39.5 to 42.5 since last season
- Kansas City Chiefs 0-6 O-U vs Teams Averaging 21 to 25 PPG since last season
- Houston Texans 2-3 O-U vs Teams Averaging 21 to 25 PPG since last season
Analyzing The Kansas City Chiefs vs Houston Texans NFL Week 1 Odds, My Betting Tips & How To Watch
Matchup: Kansas City Chiefs at Houston Texans
Date: Sunday, Sept 13th, 2015
Start Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Location: Houston, Texas
Stadium: NRG Stadium
TV Info: CBS
Spread: Texans -1
Game Total: 41
Stream: CBS Sports
Radio: Kansas City Vs Houston
The last time these two squads faced off was in 2013. Kansas City won at home 17-16 and failed to cover the spread as a 6.5 point favorite. These two have met six times since 2003 and each team is .500 straight up and ATS.
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) September 4, 2015
Kansas City had the 25th total offense in the NFL in 2014, 29th passing and 10th at rushing.
QB Alex Smith threw for (3265 yards, 18 TDS & 6 INTS) had above average numbers but failed to throw a single TD to a wide receiver. TE Travis Kelce (67 rec, 862 yards, 5 TDs) was Smith’s top target, followed by WR Dwayne Bowe (60 rec, 754 yards, 0 TD), who is now with the Cleveland Browns. The addition of speedy deep ball catcher Jeremy Maclin will help the cause. He and Smith have connected for a couple of big plays in the preseason even in limited playing time. For those of you who are wondering, yes it was Andy Ried who drafted Maclin in Phily.
The lynchpin of this offense will once again be elite rusher Jamaal Charles (206 att, 1033 yards, 9 TDs). He is a talented running back who can both run and catch the ball successfully. He is very elusive with his agility, speed, and strength.
|Kansas City Chiefs|
|2014 Offensive Leaders||2014 Defensive Leaders|
|QB Alex Smith (3265 yds, 18 TDs, 6 INTs)||LB Josh Mauga (103 tackles)|
|RB Jamaal Charles (1033 yds, 9 TDs)||S Kurt Coleman Thomas (3 INTs)|
|TE Travis Kelce (862 yds, 5 TDs)||LB Justin Houston (22.5 sacks)|
Houston ranked 17th in total offense last season, 24th in passing and 5th at rushing.
It will be Brian Hoyer (3326 yards, 12 TDs & 13 INTs) under center for Houston at the start of the season, beating out Ryan Mallett (400 yards, 2 TDs & 2 INTs). RB Arian Foster (260 att, 1246 yards, 8 TDs) remains an explosive rusher for the Texans, but will be out for at least for three weeks due to groin issues. RB Alfred Blue the number one tailback in this game.
“Arian is doing well,” O’Brien said Monday. “Relative to the injury that he has and prognosis early on, I would say he’s ahead of that.”
— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) September 7, 2015
“Like I always say to people, I reserve the right to change my mind,” O’Brien said. “But as it stands today, I believe that he’s really working hard to get back. He’s a very hard-working guy in that training room and I think he’ll be back sooner rather than later, relative to what the early prognosis was.”
|2014 Offensive Leaders||2014 Defensive Leaders|
|QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (2483 yds, 17 TDs, 8 INTs)||S Kendrick Lewis (84 tackles)|
|RB Arian Foster (1246 yds, 8 TDs)||CB Kareem Jackson (3 INTs)|
|WR DeAndre Hopkins (1210 yds, 6 TDs)||DE J.J. Watt (20.5 sacks)|
The Chiefs defense was 7th best in 2014; 2nd best against the pass but a lowly 28th against the run.
The Texans defensive unit ranked 16th last season, 21st against the pass and 10th stopping the run. Houston added defensive studs Vince Wilfork and Rahim Moore to join J.J. Watt, Jadeveon Clowney and Brian Cushing.
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) September 8, 2015
Clowney, last year’s top draft choice, will be back in action for the first time since last November. Last year, Clowney tore his meniscus in his regular-season debut. After he made his return later in the season, Clowney suffered yet another knee injury. He only ended up playing in four games last season and is coming off micro-fracture surgery on his right knee.
“I like where Clowney’s at coming back from that injury,” O’Brien was quoted in The Houston Chronicle. “We’ve got to put a pitch count on him. I’m not sure what that is yet.”
Kansas City is 8-3 ATS in their last 11 vs. AFC teams, 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games as an underdog, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games as a road underdog, and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games in September.
Houston is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games as a favorite, 5-11 ATS in their last 16 home games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in Week 1, 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall, and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. AFC teams.
I am betting the Houston Texans at -1 to beat the Chiefs in this NFL week 1 tilt. My pick is going against the betting public, 54% of who are backing Kansas City.
Players Out or Doubtful:
- Kansas City: Sean Smith, Demetrius Harris, Dontari Poe, James-Michael Johnson, Ja`Gared Davis, Ramik Wilson.
- Houston: Arian Foster.