Houston Texans: Week 1 underdogs against New Orleans Saints
The folks in Las Vegas are trending toward the New Orleans Saints by a large margin for the Monday Night Football game against the Houston Texans.
The NFL regular season is here, and the Houston Texans are entering Week 1 as underdogs in their road game at the Super Dome against the New Orleans Saints, as the game isn’t until Monday night.
According to Bovada, the Texans are -7 point underdogs, which in Vegas is a large margin, as the largest margin for Week 1 is -10 with the Washington Redskins being the underdogs against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Houston enters this game with a revamped offensive line, but an offensive line that is still a work in progress. Houston traded for left tackle Laremy Tunsil over the weekend. The Texans also have a strong trio of wide receivers and one of the best young quarterbacks in Deshaun Watson on their side.
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The defense of the Texans looks a little different since they traded Jadeveon Clowney, but they still have maybe the best pass rusher in the league with J.J. Watt on their side to put pressure on the Saints.
Speaking of the Saints, quarterback Drew Brees, running back Alvin Kamara and wide receiver Michael Thomas all await the defense of the Texans, and those three players against the defense of the Texans are worth the -7 point differential the Vegas experts have given the Saints.
The secondary of the Texans is an unknown, nobody knows who will step up in place of Clowney and we all know Watt is going to be double-teamed more now than ever until someone on the defense steps up their play.
Keep an eye on Aaron Colvin in this game as the Texans defensive back needs a rebound season, and if the Saints are smart, they will test Colvin with Brees and his passing abilities.
Houston has a tough road ahead in Week 1, and being a seven-point underdog in the season opener isn’t a surprise, but it is something they can overcome if they play up to their best abilities.