NFL betting expectations are higher than ever for the Houston Texans as they are coming off their first ever winning season and are aiming for the NFL gambling playoffs in 2010.
Sports-Gambling.com opened with the Indianapolis Colts as a 2-point road favorite over the Houston Texans with an over/under of 46.5. Kickoff is at 1:05 PM Eastern.
Although the defending AFC champion Colts had their norm ally lethargic preseason head coach Jim Caldwell believes the team is ready. Quarterback Peyton Manning, the NFL Most Valuable Player Award winner for 2009 agreed. “It’s been a good training camp,” said Manning.
“We’ve gotten good work done.” The Colts have had to deal with injuries to their offensive line that kept the lineup juggling throughout preseason. They are also hoping for better production from the ground game that was near the bottom of the NFL rankings in 2009.
Running back Joseph Addai will be a key to that goal. The Colts have beaten the NFL odds in 5 out of their last 7 games as a favorite of 4 points or less with 4 out of their last 5 in that role going over the total.
The Houston Texans had the top ranked passing attack last year led by QB Matt Schaub. Much like the Colts they also want an improved ground attack as they lost games last year due to their inability to run out the clock.
Second year running back Arian Foster was impressive in preseason and gives Houston solid hope at taking some o the load off of Schaub, who passed for 4770 yards last year. Houston has covered the NFL lines in 7 out of their last 10 games as a dog of 4 points or less with just 1 out of their last 5 games in that role going over the total.
Houston and Indianapolis have gone over the NFL betting total in 9 out of their last 10 meetings and the Texans have gotten the money in 9 out of their last 14 matchups with the Colts including 5 out of the last 7. The two teams split their head to head series last year with the home team getting the payout in each game.