HOUSTON TEXANS (4-0) at New York Jets (2-2)
Line: Texans (-9) as of October 3 (Bovada)
The undefeated Texans have arguably the best running back combination in recent NFL history in Arian Foster and Ben Tate. Add Andre Johnson, one of the game’s best wide receivers, into the mix and there’s something a little unfair about the Texans right now. Matt Schaub is also finally healthy, despite losing a piece of his ear, and playing excellent football.
A huge factor in the success of the Texans to this point has surprisingly been their defense. As a unit they’re allowing just 182.8 yards through the air and 90.3 yards rushing per game.
The Jets are allowing the second-worst yards-per-game on the ground (178) while finishing in the bottom-third of offensive categories. Losing Santonio Holmes for the season certainly won’t help bail out Mark Sanchez. The embattled quarterback is fending off public calls for a change at the quarterback position.
It may be Tebow time in New York if the team fails as expected at home—on prime time on Monday night.
Two weeks ago, the team lost star cornerback Darrelle Revis to a season-ending injury. This has hurt the morale of the defense and it will continue to be a concern for the team's pass defense as the season progresses.
Missing him is an understatement—he had the ability to neutralize the opposing team's No. 1 wide receiver for much of a contest.
Why Bet on the Texans
They’re undefeated and going up against a reeling and depleted New York Jets team. This is the same team that was accused of quitting in its 34-0 blowout loss to the San Francisco 49ers just one week ago.
There is never a sure thing in the NFL and betting world, but this is as close as it gets barring an unforeseen twist of events Monday night.