It is game day for the Houston Texans as they host the New York Giants. Both teams are looking for their first win of the season, but on paper the Texans have the best shot at victory in Week 3.
This isn’t the most hyped-up game on the NFL schedule this Sunday, but for the Houston Texans and New York Giants it is the most important as one of them will leave Week 3 with their first win of the 2018 season. Granted they could tie like there has been the first two weeks of the season in games, but even then the two teams are looking to do something other than to lose a football game.
According to OddsShark.com the Texans are the favorites to win with a predicted score of an average of 28 points for the Texans and 12.5 for the Giants by the Vegas experts. They are predicting the Texans will win and cover the spread.
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Entering this game the offense of the Giants ranks 14th overall with a 14 points per game average. They are also 28th in the league in yards per game at 289.5. The Giants are also 24th in passing ypg with 215 yards and 28th in rushing yards at 74.5 ypg.
Giants quarterback Eli Manning is 56-of-81 for 503 yards passing with one touchdown and one interception in two games this season. He has been sacked eight times entering Week 3 and has completed 69.1 percent of his passes.
Giants running back Saquon Barkley has rushed the football 29 times this season for 134 yards and one touchdown, averaging 4.6 yards per carry. He also has 16 receptions for 102 yards.
Giants star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has 15 receptions for 162 yards and no touchdowns after the first two games.
Defensively for the Giants rank 11th in the NFL in allowing 20 points per game, while they are fifth ranked in yards allowed per game at 301.5 yards. Their defense is second in the NFL in allowing 164 passing ypg, but when it comes to rushing yards allowed the Giants are 29th overall at 137.5 ypg.
In comparison, the Texans offense is 26th in the NFL at 18.5 ppg., with the offensive being 13th overall by averaging 381 ypg. Houston is also 20th in passing ypg with 223.5 and first in the league is rushing yards at 157.5 ypg.
Deshaun Watson is 39-of-66 for 486 yards passing this season, completing 59.1 percent of his passes. Watson has three touchdowns and two interceptions.
Lamar Miller leads the Texans with 34 rushes for 166 yards. The Texans have one rushing touchdown this season by Alfred Blue. DeAndre Hopkins leads the Texans with 14 receptions for 188 yards and one touchdown. Will Fuller is next at eight receptions for 113 yards and one touchdown.
Houston’s defense enters Week 3 ranked 19th in points allowed per game at 23.5, followed by being 12th in yards allowed per game at 336 yards. Houston is also 12th in passing yards allowed per game at 225 yards and 21st in rushing yards allowed per game at 111 yards.
The game will air FOX with the announce team of Kenny Albert and Ronde Barber per 506Sports.com. The replay of this game can be viewed on NFL Game Pass with a subscription. On the radio the Texans can be heard at SportsRadio 610 (KILT-AM) and 100.3 KILT-FM The Bull (KILT-FM FM).
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This is not only a very winnable game for the Texans — though was the case last Sunday in the loss to the Titans — but also a must-win game for the fact they don’t need to dig themselves into an 0-3 hole to start the season.
The experts in Vegas have Houston at -6 favorites for Sunday and overall the Texans are a more talented team when compared to the Giants. If the Texans can’t gain a home victory against the struggling Giants some things may begin to change within the organization less than a month into the season.
Prediction: Texans 31, Giants 21