Two of the more exciting non-playoff teams to watch this season as the Bengals continue to shock people with their stunning wins against playoff teams. The Texans have also pulled off some shocking games this season, losing six of their ten games within one score, just call them the Chargers of the AFC south.
Cincinnati Bengals Betting Preview: Impressive Streak reaches 30’s
After their star rookie Quarterback, and first overall pick a year ago Joe Burrow went down with an ACL injury earlier in the season the Bengals organization and fans all started counting down the days until the 2021 season.
The Bengals have had three different starting QBs this season and it shows in their 3-10-1, their only three wins coming against the 1-13 Jaguars and a few rather impressive wins over the 10-4 Titans and the 11-3 Steelers. They tied against the last place Eagles early in the year in week 3.
The Texans aren’t anything to be scared about but as long as Deshaun Watson is on the field you can never be too certain. Both of these teams don’t necessarily need this win but the Texans need this win more to stick the Dolphins without a top ten pick in this upcoming draft. Both teams are just focused on keeping everybody healthy and getting ready for next season.
This will mark the 30th season in a row that the Bengals have not won a playoff game as the last time they won was in 1991.
Houston Texans Betting Preview: Curse of D-hop
The Texans went from being 10-6 and division champs to being 4-10 and being clinched out of the playoffs in week 13. The disappearance of super star Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins was definitely felt to the tune of 100 less total yards a game and having zero 1,000 yard receivers and only two barely over 800 yards.
The worst part is they can’t even look forward to having a top 10 pick this year either because they traded it to the Dolphins in the Kenny Stills and Laremy Tunsil trade. The only way to make the Dolphins unhappy is to win, luckily they get the third worst team in the league statistically in week 15.
The Texans have struggled keeping Watson protected in the pocket as he is the most sacked QB at 44 times in just 14 games, that’s over 3 sacks a game on average. Luckily the Bengals have struggled getting pressure up front only having 16 sacks all year, that’s a measly one a game on average.
Texans vs. Bengals Odds & Lines:
MyBookie currently has the odds at Texans -7.5 and the moneyline is set at Houston -360 with an Over/under of 46.5.
The Bengals shocked the world when they beat the 11-2 Steelers at home in week 14. Not only did they win but they did it in dominant fashion, Quarterback Ryan Finley completely outplayed Ben Roethlisberger with only 89 passing yards but made up for it on the ground tallying 10 rushes for 47 yards and one touchdown.
The Texans suffered their second 1 score loss to the Colts in three weeks on Sunday losing 20-27, if only they had a true number 1 receiver like DeAndre Hopkins or someone like that… I digress. The Texans have covered the spread in exactly 50% of games this season, that’s seven of the past 14 games and I predict more of the same this week.
The Texans will win this game because if they do, they screw up Miami’s first round pick, Interim Head Coach Romeo Crennel is coaching for a position on another team next season and Deshaun Watson and JJ Watt are “Tired of losing”. Also the Bengals don’t need this game as they are already getting a top 3 draft pick.
Free betting pick:
A same game parlay of Houston Texans moneyline, spread of -7.5, and the over of 46.5, the odds are set at +249, that means a $100 bet would pay out 249.93. The reason I would take these picks is because even if the Bengals don’t win this game they’ll put up points which will help the over cover.
The Bengals average 20 points per game and the Texans average 23.5, it could go either way but i expect a high scoring game with two depleted defenses, good luck this weekend NFL bettors!
Spooky Express Free Betting Pick: Houston Texans -7.5