Could it be a rare win streak for the Texans? Houston is coming off a 30-16 win in Jacksonville, but of course, those are the Jaguars – who look destined for a second straight #1 draft pick. The degree of difficulty is much harder in Week 16 when the Chargers come to town.
Los Angeles had a rough 34-28 OT loss at home to the Chiefs last week, but Kansas City is hot with an NFL-leading seven-game win streak. The Chargers are now two games down in the AFC West but are in the driver's seat for a playoff berth, currently sitting in 6th place in the AFC.
Los Angeles Chargers Betting Preview: Tough Loss for L.A.
The Chargers had a great chance of sweeping the season series against the Chiefs, taking a 28-21 lead with just over two minutes remaining. The Patrick Mahomes – Travis Kelce connection proved to be too much, though, striking for a 7-yard score with 1:19 left in the 4th and then getting a walk-off 34-yard TD in overtime.
LAC has to put that game behind them and have to avoid looking past the Texans to their two divisional games that close out the year, home vs. the Broncos and at Las Vegas. The Chargers' offense should be able to have a productive afternoon against a Houston defense that ranks 28th in total yards allowed and is dead last in the NFL, giving up 145.0 yards per game on the ground.
Houston Texans Betting Preview: A Win is a Win
Two of Houston's three wins this season have come against the lowly Jaguars, but victories build momentum in this league. The Texans also have a surprising 22-13 win over the Titans in Week 11, so you can't immediately chalk up a win when facing Houston.
Something else that builds momentum if 3rd rounder Davis Mills outplaying #1 pick Trevor Lawrence last Sunday. Mills was 19/30 for 209 yards and 2 TD while Lawrence was 22/38 with 0 TD passes while leading just one TD drive all day. Even the Texans' run defense looked better, holding the Jaguars to 107 yards a week after allowing nearly 200 to Seattle.
Chargers vs.Texans Betting Odds & Lines
Bet this game at MyBookie with the Chargers as a -9.5 road favorite. There's no doubt Los Angeles is the better team in this contest, and they have much more to play for being right in the thick of the playoff race in the AFC.
Free Betting Pick
Giving nearly double-digit points on the road isn't ideal in any NFL game, but it's important to also not get blinded by Houston's win last week over a bad Jacksonville team that also had an interim coach. Prior to beating the Jaguars, Houston lost 33-13 to the Seahawks and 31-0 to the Colts – both home games.
L.A. will be able to do whatever they want on offense, so it's really up to the defense if the Chargers can cover this number. After matching up with the Chiefs last week, facing the Texans' offense is very much downhill.