NFL gambling handicappers were equally impressed with how the Washington Redskins were able to pull off a resourceful football gambling upset in their opener.
Washington will host Houston on Sunday. Sports-Gambling opened with the Houston Texans as 2.5-point road favorites and with an over/under of 44.5. Kickoff is at 4:20 PM Eastern Time.
The Washington Redskins scored a huge win with the NFL odds last week as they defeated their NFC East arch rival Dallas Cowboys 13-7 as 3.5-point home dogs with the game going under the total.
While the Redskins and new quarterback Donovan McNabb did not generate much offense the defense was impressive and the win was an incredibly important start to the new Mike Shanahan regime as it gives the new coach even more credibility than he already entered with to start.
While the coach was pleased he wants more offensive production. “Hopefully, ‘Shanahan football’ will be scoring a few more points,” said the coach. McNabb was 15-32 for 171 yards. The Redskins were outgained by 130 yards against Dallas.
The Houston Texans got off to the exact start that they needed as they scored a NFL bet win over AFC South rival Indianapolis 34-24 as 1-point home dogs as the game soared over the total.
It was a significant win by the Texans as they began their quest to make the playoffs for the first time in franchise history against the team that has dominated the division. Houston is now a proven credible contender that will be taken more seriously by gamblers as a result of that win.
“It was a good, solid effort by our team,” said head coach Gary Kubiak on the win. “There’s a long, long way to go, but it’s a dang nice start.” Running back Arian Foster demonstrated that the Texans inability to run the ball last year may be over as he powered for a team record 231 yards on the ground.
The defense held the Colts to 4-12 on third down conversions.
Washington has covered the only 2 previous NFL gambling matchups with Houston. The Texans have gotten the money in 8 out of their last 12 road games with just 2 of those games going over the total. Washington has gotten the money in just 3 out of their last 14 home games with 10 of those games also going under the total.