Spread: Texans by 8.5
Money Line: Bills +275; Texans -345
The Houston Texans are far from a perfect team. But they should be good enough to man-handle the lowly Buffalo Bills, right? Before answering with a quick ‘of course!’ take a moment to remember that we thought the Vikings and Titans would clobber them, too.
Does that mean the Bills could be in line for another surprise upset win this week?
Houston is not very good against the pass this season and lost another defensive back to injury this week, Kavon Webster. It’s getting to a point where they are just trying to make sure they have someone that can play the position.
So—could this be another opportunity for the Bills to steal a win? Probably not.
In four starts, the max Allen has thrown for his 245 yards; twice he failed to clear 200, and the other time he threw for less than 100. So far, he has a TD to interception ration of two to five.
LeSean McCoy has struggled to get on track this season. Since the Texans are good at stuffing the run, he probably will not get on track this week.
The Bills defence is actually not that bad (seventh in total yards allowed; 17th in points allowed). They may be able to corral the Texans running game, but don’t count on them having much success against Deshaun Watson.
They may get a turnover or two that will help keep the game interesting for a while. But Houston is the better team. Take them to win and cover the spread. It’s easy to see the Texans putting up some points, but not the Bills. Take the under.