Looking for their fifth straight win, the Houston Texans are being picked by Las Vegas experts as the favorites for Thursday Night Football in Week 8.
How times have changed for the Houston Texans as of late. First they were in danger to having a very terrible season after starting winless in their first three games. Then came improvement by the defense and plays when needed by the offense that have led the Texans to a 4-3 record, with not only four-straight wins, but a chance to increase their first-place lead in the AFC South on Thursday Night Football.
According to OddsShark.com the experts in Las Vegas are saying the Texans are -7.0 to -7.5 favorites against the Miami Dolphins for their Week 8 game on Thursday Night Football. The Texans are coming off their strongest win of the season by defeating the Jacksonville Jaguars, 20-7 in Jacksonville.
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This game will feature two players who will be facing their former teams with the Texans having their current running back Lamar Miller formally playing for the Dolphins, while Dolphins quarterback Brock Osweiler played one season with the Texans.
Miller’s time in Miami was much more memorable than Osweiler’s in Houston. Miller played his first four seasons with the Dolphins, rushing for 2,930 yards and 19 touchdowns in that span. Osweiler in his one season with the Texans started 14 games, having an 8-6 record as a starter. Osweiler passed for 2,957 yards with 15 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.
Miller is also coming off his first 100 yard rushing game of the season in last Sunday’s win over the Jaguars. He totaled 22 carries for 100 yards and a touchdown.
Though that is just a couple storylines for this game, don’t forget to watch that current Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is still battling some chest injuries on short rest. Also the Dolphins’ offensive line has allowed 15 sacks this season, and the defense of the Texans has totaled 19 sacks so that could be something which could chance the pace of the game for either team.
Overall this should be a competitive game as the Dolphins are also 4-3 overall, but with the -7.5 odds the Texans will have to win by more than seven points for the second straight game this season which they are more than able to achieve against Miami.