Houston at Cincinnati – NFL Week 2 Thursday Night Game Preview and Pick

BetAnySports Pointspread: Cincinnati -3
BetAnySports Total Line: 38.5

Thursday Night Football on NBC in Week 2 of the new NFL season features an AFC clash between the Houston Texans and the Cincinnati Bengals in a slated 8:30 p.m. (ET) kickoff at Paul Brown Stadium.

Houston at Cincinnati Game Preview

Houston wanted to put on a good show last Sunday for the home-town crowd in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, but it still came out flat in a shocking 29-7 loss to AFC South foe Jacksonville as a six-point home favorite. The total stayed UNDER BetAnySports’ 38-point line and it has stayed UNDER in six of the Texans’ last nine games. They head on the road with 1-7 record against the spread in their last eight games away from home.

It did not take all that long for rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson to see his first live action in a NFL regular season game after replacing an ineffective Tom Savage in the second half with his team trailing 19-0. He ended the game completing 12-of-23 passing attempts for 102 yards and a score as part of Houston’s 203 yards of total offense in the game.

The Bengals start to the new season was almost as equally forgettable in a 20-0 loss to AFC North rival Baltimore as 2.5-point home favorites with BetAnySports. The total easily stayed UNDER the 40.5-point betting line and it has now stayed UNDER in eight of Cincinnati’s last nine games. Going back to last season’s Week 16 road game against Houston, the Bengals were on the wrong end of a 12-10 loss with the total staying well UNDER that 41-point closing line.

Andy Dalton had his fair share of issues under center in Week 1 with a completion rate of just 51.6 percent on 31 passing attempts. He completed 16 passes to his players and four to Baltimore’s defense. He ended the day with 170 yards through the air with the Bengals adding another 77 yards on the ground. The only bright spot was Cincinnati’s pass defense against Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco; limiting him to just 111 yards through the air. Unfortunately for Bengals’ fans, the Ravens turned to a ground game that churned out 157 yards on 42 carries to help seal the win.

Houston at Cincinnati Free Game Prediction

Both of these offenses are significantly behind the opposing team’s defense which should lead to another low-scoring grinder between these two AFC foes. BetAnySports has set a low 38.5-point total line for Thursday night, but I am still going with the UNDER in this one.