Texans vs Giants matchup preview and current betting lines
The Houston Texans are already planning ahead to the upcoming NFL Draft, an instance they’re expected to be near the top of the board. This was mostly a lost season, as they’ve been as bad as most scouts and analysts predicted them to be.
Davis Mills vastly regressed from his somewhat impressive rookie season. Brandin Cooks wants out of the team by any means, and their suspect defense continues to get exposed week in and week out. It’s just not a good situation at all.
On the other side of the field, they’ll find a New York Giants team that’s on the rise and ready to prove that their early-season success wasn’t a fluke. Brian Daboll has turned around the culture, and they want to get back to their winning ways.
The Giants could still make a run for the NFC East if the red-hot Philadelphia Eagles slip in the second half of the season. So, we expect them to be ruthless and merciless and try to make a statement every time they face a beatable team.
Players to watch:
Dameon Pierce: Dameon Pierce had already shown that he could be a legit three-down bell-cow back, but some still thought he’d struggle in the pros. He’s put those doubters at ease by wreaking havoc out of the backfield.
Saquon Barkley: When healthy, not many running backs can be as disruptive and impactful as Saquon Barkley. Just having him lining up behind the line of scrimmage will force defenses to make adjustments on the fly.
Week 10 Predictions: NFL Bet of the week on Texans vs Giants
The opening Texans vs Giants spread have the home side favored by nearly a touchdown, which makes perfect sense. While no Josh Allen, Daboll has brought the best out of Daniel Jones, who’s having the best year of his career.
Moreover, Saquon Barkley can run like a hot knife through butter against one of the most precarious front sevens in the league. He should have no issue whatsoever running for over 100 yards and a couple of scores with multiple big plays.
Davis Mills can’t seem to take care of the football, and the Texans’ red-zone execution has been nothing short of a disaster. Outside of Dameon Pierce, they have virtually no weapons or means to hurt rival teams right now.
So, even though the Texans have held their own every now and then in the first half of games, we just don’t think they have the firepower nor the defensive personnel to keep up with the Giants team looking to bounce back after a tough loss.
The opening Texans vs Giants odds have this game total sitting at just over 40.5 points. That’s logical, given how bad the Texans have been on offense, but some could be tempted to ride with the over, given the Giants’ offense.
However, let’s not ignore the fact that New York have mostly featured a run-first kind of offensive approach. Even Jones has often been more efficient scrambling and getting out of the pocket than throwing the football downfield.
You know the Texans will feed Dameon Pierce as early and often as they can, so that means the clock will continue its march on nearly every drive. The same can be said of the Giants, with Saquon Barkley leading the way.
So, even if the Giants may and should blow the Texans out with little-to-no issues, we don’t see the visitors scoring enough points to help this game lean toward the over. This will be a run-heavy matchup with a team that can’t get into the endzone to save its life.