Houston Texans favorites in Week 12 on Thanksgiving

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /
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Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /

The Houston Texans enter Week 12 with better odds as they play the Detroit Lions.

Can the Houston Texans achieve a feat that haven’t been able to accomplish this season? That feat is to win back-to-back games in 2020. The Texans have their opportunity to do so on Thursday afternoon as they are facing the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day at Ford Field.

Last Sunday, the Texans defeated the New England Patriots, and beat the odds, as they were the underdogs against the Patriots. This Thursday, the Texans are the favorites against the Lions, as The Action Network has Houston at -3 on Wednesday morning in their odds.

The Action Network also has listed the Houston Texans have 59 percent of the bets going their way, and 78 percent of the money is also going into the direction of the Houston Texans. That said, nothing is a guarantee, and things can change in an instant when it comes to betting odds and numbers.

As for this Thanksgiving Day contest, the Lions are coming off a 20-0 loss to the Carolina Panthers this past Sunday. Their last win came on Nov. 15 when they defeated the Washington Football Team by a 30-27 score in Detroit, as the Lions are in last place in the NFC North with a 4-6 overall record.

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was 18-of-33 on Sunday in the loss to Carolina with 178 yards passing with no touchdowns.

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The season hasn’t been great for the Houston Texans either, but there have been times where they look like they could be on the verge of improving. Coming into this game at 3-7 overall with two wins against Jacksonville and the aforementioned win over the Patriots, there is still a lot left to prove with this team.

Last Sunday, the Texans didn’t have franchise left tackle Laremy Tunsil as he was out with a non-COVID-19 illness, but his replacement Roderick Johnson did a very solid job at the position. That productions helped Deshaun Watson have a great game. Against New England, Watson finished 29-of-37 for 344 passing yards with with two touchdowns.

Best yet, Watson wasn’t sacked a single time on Sunday against New England. Watson was also the leading rusher for the Houston Texans, as his six carries for 36 yards and one touchdown led the team, as the rushing game is an issue with the Texans.

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Houston and Detroit will most likely have a close game if the odds are correct, and this is the best chance all season fore the Texans to gain back-to-back wins. Think carefully about this game as both teams are still battling to try and keep their slim playoff hopes alive as both mathematically can earn a spot in the playoffs.