The last time these two teams met was back in 2004. The Texans erased a 21-0 3rd quarter deficit to force overtime, but ultimately lost 34-28 in the extra frame, failing to cover the 3.5-point spread. It is the only regular season meeting between the two clubs.
The Texans (3-4, 2-5 ATS) are now on their first three-game winning streak in franchise history after pounding the hapless Bengals 35-6 at Reliant Stadium last Sunday afternoon. QB Matt Schaub was terrific, going 24/28 for 280 yards and three scores.
WR Andre Johnson chipped in 11 catches for 143 yards, and has now had at least nine catches and 130 yards in each of his L/5 games. He leads the NFL in both receiving yards (772) and receptions (56), and is sure to be headed to Hawaii at the end of the season.
The 29-point margin of victory earned NFL betting fans with the Texans on their Week 8 wagering tickets an easy cash, as they were 9-point favorites per the closing pro football betting line. The game just narrowly stayed under the ‘total’ of 45.5, the first game that failed to exceed the posted number in a Houston game this season.
While the Texans are winners of three straight, the Vikings (3-4, 2-5 ATS) spent their bye week reeling after allowing 48 points to the Chicago Bears in their last outing. The football betting gods haven’t been kind to Vikings bettors this year, as they have lost their five games to the NFL betting line by an average of 5.8 points per game.
The #3 ranked rush defense in the NFL is likely to get some bad news in the weeks to come, as both starting DTs Kevin Williams and Pat Williams were named as members of the steroid scandal last week. Oddsmakers have installed the hosts as 4.5-point favorites, with the ‘total’ coming in at 47.
Which one of these teams will level their record and get back in the chase for the playoffs?