Chargers vs Texans: One of the premier Week 3 matchups sees the Houston Texans travel west to take on the Los Angeles Chargers. DeShaun Watson and Philip Rivers are two of the better quarterbacks in the league, but both clubs are coming off disappointing offensive outings. The total suggests oddsmakers think both teams will bounce back this weekend.
NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis
Chargers vs Texans
Date: Sunday, Sept. 22
Time: 4:25 p.m. ET
TV Channel: CBS
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)
Online sportsbooks see this contest between two evenly matched opponents. The Bolts opened as 3-point favourites. The number kept up to 3.5 but quickly dropped back to a field goal spread.
Home field is generally considered to be worth a 3-point advantage. That means this game would likely be a pick’em on a neutral field. Bettors at Sports Interaction see the Texans as a live underdog. A little more than 70 percent of the side bets on this game are backing Houston.
The total dropped 1.5 points after opening at 49. Nearly 85 percent of bettors are taking the over on the 47-point total.
These two sides have only met six times in history and the Chargers are 5-1 straight up and 6-0 against the spread in those matchups. LA is 1-4-1 against the number in its last six home games, and the over is a perfect 4-0 in Houston’s last four away dates.
The running game was supposed to be a problem for the Texans when RB Lamar Miller tore his ACL in pre-season. But veteran tailback Carlos Hyde is performing more than admirably. He’s 5.8 rushing yards per carry after the first two games.
The Chargers have struggled stopping the run so far this season. They’re allowing nearly five yards per rushing attempt through Week 2.
Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers were known for football failure this decade. They excelled at finding new ways to shoot themselves in the foot. Penalties, turnovers, missed field goals – you name it – the Chargers did it and they did it often.
The dark cloud lifted last season when the club won 12 games and it to the playoffs. LA fans are hoping last week’s game against Detroit wasn’t a foreshadowing a return to heartbreak hotel.
The Bolts lost 13-10 despite finishing with more rushing and passing yards than the Lions. Los Angeles missed two field goals and fumbled on the goal line.