Texans still favorites vs. Raiders


Sep 7, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans inside linebacker

Brian Cushing

(56) applies pressure to Washington Redskins quarterback

Robert Griffin

III (10) during the fourth quarter at NRG Stadium. The Texans defeated the Redskins 17-6. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

As of Friday afternoon, the Houston Texans are still a three-point favorite over the Oakland Raiders for their second game of the NFL season on Sunday.

Houston is listed as -3 over the Raiders on the site bovada.lv.

This is interesting, but understandable, as nether team did that well offensively in terms of scoring last week, with the Texans having just one TD by their offense in the second quarter of their 17-6 win over the Washington Redskins.

The Raiders lost 19-14 to the New York Jets in Week 1, with two TD passes by rookie QB Derek Carr.

Houston is said to be with the services of starting tight end Garrett Graham this week, after he missed week one with an injury. Out for the Texans will be starting OLB and No. 1 overall selection Jadeveon Clowney following knee surgery.

Clowney will miss the next 4-6 weeks.

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As for Houston’s defense, they  allowed just one touchdown, forced two turnovers and gave up a total of 372 yards. Oakland totaled just 26 yards running against the Jets last week.

The Texans offense totaled 312 yards in the win, with Arian Foster rushing for 103 yards on 27 carries.

This is a very winnable game for the Texans, even on the road in Oakland. The Texas have lost the past two meetings in this series, including last season by a 28-23 score in Houston.

The Texans led the overall series at 5-3.