Football gambling disgust continues to grow in Houston as the Texans are not likely to make the playoffs after being a favorite with the football betting odds to do so in the preseason.
The Houston Texans will host the Baltimore Ravens on ESPN Monday Night Football with a start time of 8:45 PM ET. Sports Gambling opened with Baltimore as a 3 point favorite with an over/under of 45.5.
Baltimore has a NFL gambling record of 8-4 straight up and 5-6-1 against the spread with 7 of their games going under the total. The Ravens lost a tough Sunday Night game at home to Pittsburgh last week 13-10 as a late turnover in the 4th quarter cost them the game and first place in the AFC North.
As always Baltimore’s defense is one of the best as they rank 4th in the NFL for points allowed. Joe Flacco has a 92.8 QB rating with a 19/8 TD/INT ratio and Ray Rice has rushed for 847 yards. Anquan Boldin, acquired in the off season from Arizona, is the leading receiver with 770 yards and a 13.8 yards per catch average with 7 TD’s.
The Ravens have split their last 4 games straight up and have gotten the money just 1 time in those 4 matchups.
Houston has a betting on NFL football record of 5-7 both straight up and against the spread with 8 of their games going over the total. The Texans are coming off a 34-24 loss at Philadelphia which was their 5th defeat in their last 6 games.
Houston’s offense has been productive and ranks 7th overall in the NFL while the defense has been the backbreaker for the team as it ranks 29th in the NFL. Undrafted free agent Arian Foster has been a pleasant surprise with 1230 yards rushing and a 5.0 yards per carry average.
Baltimore should be a focused, angry, and dangerous football gambling commodity in this one and has the clear defensive edge over Houston in this matchup. The Texans are likely to fail in their quest to gain the playoffs for the first time in franchise history and may not respond well down the stretch as coach Gary Kubiak’s future is in doubt.