Last week, the Houston Texans were the underdogs going into New England to face the Patriots. This weekend, in Week 2, the Texans are the favorites against the Tennessee Titans.
Week 2 keeps inching closer, and the experts in the fine city of Las Vegas have made their move in projecting who the favored team is between the Houston Texans and the Tennessee Titans this weekend in Nashville.
The Texans — who were a +6.5 underdog to the New England Patriots last Sunday — enter Thursday as the early favorite over the host Titans at -2.5, according to OddsShark.com. Other sites on OddsShark.com have the Texans from -1.5 to -2.5, but either way, the Texans are currently the favorites.
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This makes for an interesting game for the Texans because looking back to last Sunday, both the Texans and Titans not only lost their season openers, bu they lost them by the exact same score of 27-20 with the Texans losing to the Patriots and the Titans losing to the Miami Dolphins.
OddsShark.com also has listed the predicted score with the Texans winning by roughly three points at 22.6 to 19.4, predicting the Texans will win/cover the spread and the total will go under as it is being projected at 44.5.
Tennessee comes into Sunday’s game following a tough Week 1 game where quarterback Marcus Mariota suffered an elbow injury and left tackle Taylor Lewan was injured as well. Also, the Titans lost tight end Delanie Walker for the season with a break of his right ankle. Mariota is set to return this Sunday.
According to John Breech of CBSSports.com, Lewan isn’t a sure thing for Week 2 with concussion issues, writing the following:
"“Mariota might be missing one of his key linemen on Sunday and that’s because Lewan still hasn’t been cleared to play.”"
This isn’t good news for the Titans if Lewan is out with the likes of J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney being the pass rushers on the other side of the field.
All of this should affect the way Vegas looks at the Texans and Titans game, but to have Houston as the favorites before the weekend arrives is a smart move by those experts.