NFL Betting Preview: Detroit Lions vs. Houston Texans – Saturday, August 17, 2019

by Aug 17, 2019NFL

Matchup at a Glance

When: Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 8:00 PM EST

Where: NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas

Spread:  Houston Texans -4.5

Betting Total:  41

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The Houston Texans are listed as 4.5-point favorites at home against the Detroit Lions in week 2 of the preseason. 

The Houston Texans have the talent to win the AFC South. If Andrew Luck were to miss significant time for the Colts, the Texans would be the favorites to win the division this season. 

They lost their first preseason game against the Green Bay Packers by a score of 26-28 and failed to cover the 1.5-point spread.

The Detroit Lions could be a surprise team this season, as they have a solid defense that should be improved this season and the offense will be more run-oriented, with Kerryon Johnson leading the way. 

The Lions lost their first preseason game against the New England Patriots by a score of 3-31 in week 1. 

Let’s take a closer look at these two teams and we’ll start with the underdog Detroit Lions. 

Detroit Lions 

The Detroit Lions have been a pass heavy team the last few seasons with Matthew Stafford at quarterback. I look for that to change this season as they seem to have found their best running back they have had since Barry Sanders in Kerryon Johnson.  Johnson looks to be an every down back for the team this season and should keep defenses fair in their schemes.

The Lions will once again have Matthew Stafford at quarterback who has had a solid career and will be entering his 11th season in the NFL. Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones will be the Lions top two receivers this season and Golladay could be in store for a breakout season this season.

The running game will be the strength of the offense and will be led by 2nd year running back Kerryon Johnson.

The Lions lost their first preseason game against the New England Patriots by a score of 3-31 in week one of the preseason. David Fales led the team in passing completing 5 of 14 passes for 62 yards and an interception.

TY Johnson led the team in rushing with 22 yards on 3 carries. Tom Kennedy led the team in receiving with 1 reception on 2 targets for 29 yards.

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Houston Texans 

With the news out of Colts camp that Andrew Luck could miss a few games to start the season with a high ankle sprain, I look for the Texans to enter the season as the favorites in the AFC South this season. The Texans will once again have one of the top offenses in the NFL, led by 3rd year quarterback DeShaun Watson. 

Watson is not only a mobile quarterback but also one of the top passers in the NFL. Lamar Miller has been a volume back for the Texans since arriving from the Dolphins.  The Texans went out and traded for Duke Johnson, who may be undersized at the position but is still an explosive running back who will be their 3rd down back, and could see early down work as well this season.

The receivers for Houston are above average with DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller and Keke Coutee.  The team will likely use a lot of three wide receiver sets this season.

The Texans lost their first preseason game against the Green Bay Packers by a score of 26-28. Joe Webb led the team in passing and rushing completing 25 of 40 passes for 286 yards for 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions and added another 47 yards on 6 carries. Tyron Johnson led the team in receiving with 2 receptions of 4 targets for 48 yards. 

Houston Wins Week 2

The Texans were impressive despite not playing any of their starters on offense in the first game and this week they likely will on feature the starters for a series or two again. The Lions meanwhile struggled in their first preseason game scoring only 3 points and allowing 31 points on defense.

Webb is the best quarterback behind Watson and Stafford in this game.  With his rushing ability, I look for him to have another decent game against the Lions and I look for the Texans to get the win and cover.

Spooky Express Free Pick – Houston Texans -4.5 

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