NFL Betting Odds – Arizona Cardinals at Houston Texans
The Arizona Cardinals suffered a big blow when Carson Palmer had to leave the lineup, and they became a considerably less dangerous team through the air. Now his backup, Drew Stanton, has been sidelined with a knee injury, leaving things in the hands of Blaine Gabbert as they visit the Houston Texans in Sunday NFL betting action that will begin at 1 PM ET at NRG Stadium in Houston. This game will be televised by Fox Network on a regional basis, and if you are a BetAnySports customer, you can place wagers while the action is in progress using the state-of-the-art software from Live Betting Ultra.
Stanton was not particularly dynamic, but he had at least have a thorough knowledge of the system, having been in it for six years. So Gabbert is kind of getting force-fed the playbook. Fortunately for him, he’s been getting a lot of repetitions in practice, but head coach Bruce Arians will not overload him with too much in this game. So expect Arizona to do something very basic, and you can bet they’ll try to run the ball first. They have a pretty good guy to do that with in Adrian Peterson, but Peterson has become sort of a feast-or-famine runner, with 29 yards in 21 carries last week against Seattle. He has exploded in a couple of his games, though, and thet definitely need for him to do it here. Houston is not the easiest team in the world to do that against, as they are allowing just 3.7 yards per carry.
The Texans had to wave goodbye to rookie quarterback DeShaun Watson after they lost a heart-breaking 41-38 decision to Seattle, and Tom Savage, who was benched at halftime of the opening game after being sacked six times against Jacksonville, came back into the huddle. Savage has proven not to be the answer, and he has completed only 47% of his passes with a 5.4-yard average.
The Cardinals are currently 4-5 straight-up and have not performed all that well against the pointspread, going 2-6-1 ATS. The Texans are 3-6 straight-up in 5-4 against the number.
In the NFL betting odds posted on this game by the folks at BetAnySports, Houston is the slight favorite at home:
Houston Texans -2
Arizona Cardinals +2
Over 37.5 points -110
Under 37.5 points -110
In this game, it is clear on each side who was the dominant receiver. DeAndre Hopkins has caught 58 passes for the Texans, with the next wide receiver only having 19. Larry Fitzgerald has 60 catches for the Cardinals, and the next leading wideout has only 23. So these quarterbacks will go in the direction of the people who have produced the most. But the Cardinals have the better shutdown cornerback, it would appear, with Patrick Peterson. And Will Fuller won’t see action for Houston (rib injury). Is that an important factor in this game? Well, it could be, because Savage has not demonstrated the ability to spread the ball around all that much. And as for the running game, well, the leading rusher this season is Lamar Miller with only 3.9 yards per attempt, so this club certainly hasn’t dominated at the line of scrimmage.
Of course, as BetAnySports patrons know, JJ Watt is gone for the season, so that definitely mitigates the effectiveness of the Houston pass rush. But the Cardinals have had a shaky offensive line, so anything can happen here. Last week the Texans gave up 355 passing yards to Jared Goff and a suddenly well-oiled Los Angeles Rams offense. That set of conditions this not appear to be in place this week. Arizona had already have a lot of problems in the red zone, ranking 31st among all teams in terms of points per trip. We’ll expect that to continue. Not sure which side to go with, but we would lean toward the UNDER in this one.
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