Houston Texans vs. Oakland Raiders
Date and Time: Monday, November 21, 2016, 8:30 p.m. ET
Location: Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico
Week 11 NFL Odds at BookMaker.eu: Raiders -6, 46
Texans vs. Raiders TV Coverage: ESPN
It hasn’t been pretty, but Bill O’Brien’s Texans are currently the toast of the AFC South at 6-3 overall and owners of a one game lead over the Tennessee Titans. The squad returned from its bye last week in Jacksonville where it scored the 24-21 outright win as 3 point underdogs to remain perfect within the division. The pointspread cover was its second straight.
While Brock Osweiler was once again unimpressive in throwing for less than 100 yards, he did connect on two touchdown passes and added a bit of range with 33 rushing yards. Most importantly, he did not turn the ball over and has now put forth clean games two of the last three times. The defense completely shut the Jags run game down, and while it allowed Blake Bortles to pass for 265 yards and a couple scores, it picked him off once and also forced a fumble. It was a rare turnover battle win for the Texans who enter this game with a -5 turnover differential.
The NFL is simply just better when the Oakland Raiders don’t trot an embarrassment onto the field every passing week. Jack Del Rio has turned the fortunes of this stagnant franchise around right quick, and with two more home games to be played immediately after this, the Raiders will likely only improve their chances of finally heading back to the playoffs.
Coming off a bye and one of the bigger recent wins in franchise history after downing the Broncos on Sunday Night Football, Derek Carr and the offense has a stiff challenge ahead of it running up against a Texans defense allowing a tick under 21 points per game. Still, Houston looks to be the weakest of the current division leaders in the AFC that’s taken advantage of a pretty weak schedule to get to this point. Oakland has won and covered all five of its games played away from the Coliseum, but this is the first time it’s been lined a decided chalk on the road since 2002.
1-3 – The Texans have won only one game against a team this season that has a shot of going to the playoffs. That being the Chiefs way back in Week 2. Since then, Houston has fallen to New England, Minnesota and Denver and they grossly failed to cover any of those games losing by an average of 21 points. Houston is a fraud that will likely once again be exposed like it was against the Patriots who had Jacoby Brissett under center.
Texans vs. Raiders Free Picks
The Raiders have had ample time to prepare for this matchup while the Texans had to fight tooth and nail just to defeat a bad Jacksonville team by three points last week. Oakland has covered the odds at Bookmaker.eu each of the last four times it returned to the gridiron off a bye. The Texans have stunk out loud in prime-time this season getting trounced at New England and then needing a miracle to comeback at home against the Colts.
Though the Raiders defense leaves a bit to be desired, it’s played some better ball over the last couple weeks with Khalil Mack and company starting to turn the pressure up. Houston’s struggled to put points on the board all season long evidenced by its 17.3 offensive yards per point average and 17.9 point scoring average. Latavius Murray and a deep RB corps just ripped apart Denver last time out, and the Texans rush defense ranks out at No. 26. Look for the offense to hit the ground running and for it to open some huge strikes to Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree that will allow for the Raiders to put some distance between themselves and the Texans on the scoreboard.
Texans vs. Raiders ATS Pick: Raiders -6 at BookMaker.eu
Texans vs. Raiders Score Prediction: Raiders 28 – Texans 16