Houston Texans are closer in odds than expected vs. Packers for Week 7

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports
Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports /
Houston Texans, Deshaun Watson
Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports /

The Houston Texans are less than a touchdown underdogs this Sunday when they face the Packers.

One could expect the Houston Texans would be the underdog when facing a team like the Green bay Packers in Week 7. The Texans have just one win with a 1-5 overall record, and more than that they are less than a touchdown underdog this upcoming Sunday when the Packers visit NRG Stadium.

This week as of Thursday The Action Network has the Texans as +3.5 underdogs in the odds when facing the Packers for their Week 7 meeting. The Packers enter this game with a 4-1 overall record, coming off their first loss of the season last Sunday to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 38-10.

The Houston Texans are also coming off a loss, as they didn’t gain the win against the Tennessee Titans, falling 42-36 in overtime, as it was the best offensive game of the season for the Texans.

Looking at this week thus far, off-the-field the trade rumor talk is starting to be heard louder as some rumors have said that many of the Houston Texans players are available to be traded if the proper amount of interest is shown.

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Those type of rumors won’t affect this game, but with the trade deadline in early November, and the Texans being on a bye for Week 8, things could be changing for the franchise.

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The Green Bay Packers are a very good team as they have four wins, a future Hall of Fame selection at quarterback in Aaron Rodgers, and the franchise always finds a way to be successful for the most part no matter who is on their roster.

Rodgers has completed 65.5 percent of his passes (114-174) for 1,374 yards with 13 touchdowns, seven interceptions, and has been sacked seven times this season. Aaron Jones is the leading rusher for the Packers with 75 carries for 389 yards and five touchdowns.

The Green Bay leading yardage receiver is Allen Lazard with 13 receptions in three games for 254 yards and two touchdowns. Davante Adams leads Green Bay with 23 receptions this season with 253 yards and two touchdowns.

The Packers team which the Houston Texans are facing in Week 7 is interesting because the Green Bay defense is allowing 347.4 yards per game this season, with an average of 231.2 yards per game passing allowed.

That will affect how Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson plays in this game. Watson is averaging 297.7 yards per game passing, but unlike his counterpart, pressure has been heavy on Watson in 2020 as he’s already been sacked 19 times in six games.

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This should be a competitive game for both offenses, but how each defense plays will determine just how closely this game will be played, because both offenses are more than capable of scoring points in Week 7, but the defenses are just as suspect to allow lots of points to be scored.