Week 1: 2019 NFL Season (100th NFL Season)
Monday, Sept. 9, 2019 @ 7:10 p.m. ET (Mercedes-Benz Superdome)
Over/Under: 52.5; Saints -6.5 (-105)
Best Moneyline: Texans +248, Saints -270
In this week 1 regular season meeting between the Houston Texans and New Orleans Saints, both teams kick off their 2019 schedule tonight on Monday Night Football. The all-time series record is tied at 2-2. Houston won the previous matchup 24-6 on Nov. 29, 2015. The last time the Texans lost to the Saints was on Sept. 25, 2011, when New Orleans won 40-33. As for this past preseason, the Texans finished 1-3, while the Saints were 2-2. Houston defeated the Detroit Lions 30-23 in week 2 of preseason, but the team lost 28-26 to the Green Bay Packers in week 1, were shutout 34-0 in week 3 versus the Dallas Cowboys, and lost 22-10 to the Los Angeles Rams in week 4. The last time the Houston Texans were 1-3 in preseason, they finished their season 6-10 back in 2010, missing the playoffs.
New Orleans lost 34-25 against the Minnesota Vikings in week 1 and 16-13 to the Miami Dolphins in week 4 of preseason, but they defeated the Los Angeles Chargers 19-17 in week 2 and beat the New York Jets 28-13 in week 3. When the Saints concluded their preseason 2-2 in 2017, they finished 11-5, ranking first in the NFC South and beating the Carolina Panthers 31-26 in the wild card round of the post-season. However, they later lost to the Minnesota Vikings 29-24 in the divisional round. Additionally, according to the Vegas Insider NFL odds, the Houston Texans have 7/4 odds of winning the AFC South, 25/1 odds to win the AFC championship, and 50/1 odds to win Super Bowl LIV. Houston's division odds increased after quarterback Andrew Luck retired from the Indianapolis Colts on Aug. 24. For the Saints, they have 5/7 odds to win the NFC South, 5/1 odds to win the NFC championship, and 12/1 odds to win Super Bowl LIV. New Orleans has the best championship odds in the NFC. However, for super bowl odds, they still trail behind the New England Patriots (6/1) and Kansas City Chiefs (5/1) overall.
The Houston Texans' Betting Trends showcases their shortcomings versus NFC opponents
The Houston Texans are 0-4-1 ATS versus NFC opponents in the team's last five games head-to-head. The Texans are also 1-4 SU in their previous five games played in the month of September. While still struggling against NFC teams, they are now favored to win the AFC South. Though, the Tennessee Titans could be their strongest competition within the division. In yesterday's game, they defeated the Cleveland Browns 43-13 on the road to win their first game of the season. To make matters worse, in terms of strength of opponent, Houston is also scheduled to play against the Los Angeles Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs, and New England Patriots. Like other seasons in the past, the Texans' ability to win games will be greatly impacted by Deshaun Watson's offensive line and whether or not they can remain healthy. Furthermore, per the Texans' main site, for final roster cuts, here is a list of players who were waived and/or released: QB Jordan Ta'amu, WR Floyd Allen, WR Johnnie Dixon, WR Tyron Johnson, WR Chad Hanson, WR Vyncint Smith, WR Steven Mitchell Jr., WR Jester Weah, RB Josh Ferguson, RB Damarea Crockett, RB Karen Higdon Jr., T Rick Leonard, T Christian DiLauro, G Malcolm Pridgeon, G Maurquice Shakir, NT Javi Edwards, NT Walter Palmore, DE Joel Heath, DE Albert Huggins, DE Tracy Sprinkle, ILB Tyrell Adams, ILB B.J. Bello, ILB Xavier Woodson, OLB Davin Bellamy, OLB Jamal Davis II, OLB Gimel President, CB Derrick Baity Jr., CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun, CB Jermaine Ponder, S Chris Johnson, S Austin Exford, S A.J. Hendy, and P Bryan Anger.
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