Green Bay Packers at Houston Texans Betting Preview
Two division champions from 2019 meet in Week 7 of the NFL season as the 1-5 Houston Texans host the 4-1 Green Bay Packers. Both teams lost on the road Sunday and look to rebound this week. The game kicks off Sunday at 1 p.m. ET at NRG Stadium in Houston and will be televised regionally on FOX.
There’s not much history between these teams, with Green Bay leading the series 3-1. They won at home 21-13 in 2016 and are 2-0 in Houston with wins in 2004 and 2012. Houston’s lone win in the series came on the road in 2008.
Green Bay Packers Betting Outlook: Bounce-Back Week
In betting with us this season at www.a1pph.com, the Packers are 4-1 ATS, and the over is 3-2 in their five games. Despite suffering their first loss of the season last week, the Packers rank third in the NFL in scoring (32.4 points per game), seventh in total yards (396.6 yards per game) and sixth in rushing (139.4 yards per game).
The defense ranks 14th in total yards (347.4 yards per game), 15th against the run (116.2 yards per game) and 20th in scoring (27.8 points per game).
With two interceptions in Sunday’s 38-10 loss, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers turned the ball over for the first time this season. He finished 16-for-35 for only 160 yards and no touchdowns. On the season, he has completed 66% of his passes for 1,374 yards with 13 touchdowns and two interceptions.
Running back Aaron Jones was held to 15 yards on 10 carries with a touchdown, while Jamal Williams had 34 yards on four carries. Jones has seven total touchdowns this season with 389 rushing yards and 161 receiving yards. Williams has 142 rushing yards on 33 carries to go with 119 receiving yards.
Wide receiver Davante Adams returned after missing three games with a hamstring injury, catching six balls for 61 yards against Tampa Bay. Jones had three catches for 26 yards, and tight end Bob Tonyan had three catches for 25 yards. Adams has 23 catches for 253 yards and two touchdowns this season, while Tonyan has a team-leading five touchdowns.
The defense didn’t have a sack against the Bucs, nor did it force a turnover. In five games this season, the Packers have just three takeaways.
Houston Texans Betting Preview: Attack Rodgers
In betting with us this season at www.a1pph.com, the Texans are 1-5 ATS, and the over is 4-2 in their five games. Houston is on its second coach of the season with Romeo Crennel going 1-1 after Bill O’Brien was fired after a 0-4 start.
The Houston offense ranks 31st in rushing (85.8 yards per game), third in passing (282.2 yards per game) and 21st in scoring (24.3 points per game). The defense has been abysmal, ranking 30th in total yards (423 yards per game), dead last against the run (177.5 yards per game) and 26th in scoring (30.3 points per game).
In Sunday’s overtime loss at Tennessee, QB Deshaun Watson threw for 335 yards with four touchdowns and no turnovers. On the season, Watson has completed 69% of his passes for 1,786 yards with 13 TD and five interceptions. He is the second-leading rusher on the Texans with 109 yards and one score.
Running back David Johnson ran 19 times for 57 yards with a touchdown last Sunday, while Watson added 26 rushing yards. Johnson leads the Texans with 350 rushing yards on the season and three touchdowns.
Wide receiver Will Fuller V had six catches for 123 yards and a touchdown Sunday while wide receivers Brandin Cooks and Randall Cobb and tight end Darren Fells also caught touchdown passes. Fuller has 28 catches for 455 yards and four touchdowns on the season, while Cooks has 27 catches for 367 yards and two scores. Cobb, a former Packer, has two touchdowns and 277 yards, while Fells has three scores.
Defensive ends J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus have three sacks apiece on the season. Houston has five takeaways but only one interception.
Houston Texans at Green Bay Packers Betting Line
Head to our favorite pay per head bookie site at www.a1pph.com, where the Packers are favored by 3.5 points on the road. The total is 56.5 points, and Houston is a +160 moneyline home underdog.
The Texans must use the same game plan the Buccaneers did against Green Bay and unleash Watt and company to pressure Rodgers. The Packers defense can be scored on, but will their offense be held in check two weeks in a row?
Look for Rodgers and Adams to get back on track while getting Jones going in the running game for a bounce-back win.
Free Bet: Packers -3.5 (-110)