The Houston Texans need to win the regular season finale against the Jacksonville Jaguars to win the AFC South. Entering Week 17, the Texans are the favorites.
Week 17 has finally arrived for the Houston Texans and being early in the week the betting experts in Las Vegas believe the Texans are going to win this game by a sizable fashion. Houston enters Week 17 of the 2018 NFL season with a 10-5 overall record as the No. 3 seeded team in the AFC.
Those in Las Vegas have the Texans listed as -7 to -7.5 favorites over the Jacksonville Jaguars as listed at OddsShark.com. The Texans defeated the Jaguars earlier this season by a 21-7 score on Oct. 21 in Jacksonville.
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Houston has already clinched a playoff berth, but a win this Sunday gives them the AFC South championship as they missed out on that chance this past Sunday with a 32-30 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Though the Texans won at Jacksonville earlier this season, they have lost two of their past three games with a loss also at the Indianapolis Colts in Week 14. Even with those losses, the Texans still control their own destiny as it pertains to winning the AFC South championship and to have a home playoff game.
The Texans enter Week 17 by being ranked 10th in the NFL in scoring per game at 25.5 ppg, while also having a ranking of 15th with 364 yards per game offensively.
Defensively, the Texans are sixth in the NFL by allowing 20.9 ppg and 19th in the NFL in passing yards allowed at 271.9 ypg.
Having Deshaun Watson on the roster, the Texans have a quarterback that has completed 68.1 percent of his passes this season, with 26 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Watson has passed for 3,931 yards, but has also been sacked 56 times with a QB rating of 104.1.
DeAndre Hopkins has 103 receptions for 1,425 yards, averaging 13.8 yards per reception for the Texans this season. Hopkins also has tallied 11 touchdowns in 15 games played, tied for fourth in the league.
Looking at the -7 to -7.5 odds in favor of the Texans this upcoming Sunday, that should be achievable, but a little tougher than usual. Remember, the Texans will be without No. 2 wide receiver Demaryius Thomas who had an Achilles injury in the loss to the Eagles.
Houston should win this game against Jacksonville, but nothing is easy in the NFL, especially when being over a touchdown favorite when you team isn’t playing as well as they have at times this season.