NFL gambling concerns are growing about the Houston Texans weak defense as it may be the ultimate football betting factor in their quest for their first ever playoff spot.
Houston will host Kansas City on Sunday with a kickoff time set for 1:05 PM Eastern and a broadcast on CBS. Sports-Gambling opened with Houston as a 5 point favorite and with an over/under of 44.
The Kansas City Chiefs have a record of 3-1 both straight up and with the NFL odds after their 19-9 loss at Indianapolis as 7.5 point dogs. The Chiefs have gone under the total in 3 games this year. Kansas City was sloppy and unable to finish off drives as they were just 10% on third down conversions against the Colts.
The Chiefs rank 3rd in the NFL for rushing but 27th in passing as quarterback Matt Cassel has a weak 6.1 yards per attempt and has completed just 55% of his passes with a 4/3 touchdown/interception ratio. Jamaal Charles has 325 yards rushing and a 6.5 yards per carry average.
The Chiefs defense ranks 3rd in the NFL for points allowed under new coordinator Romeo Crennel.
The Houston Texans have a record of 3-2 both straight up and with the NFL lines. Houston was lit up by the New York Giants last week in a bad 34-10 home loss in which Big Blue jumped out to a 21-0 lead. Houston was outgained 414-195 and held to 24 yards on the ground.
The Texans high octane offense ranks 6th in the NFL but their defense ranks an abysmal 31st and is looking like the dark cloud that is hovering over a post season bid. Quarterback Matt Schaub has slipped in production so far this year with an 86.8 QB rating and a 7/5 TD/INT ratio.
Arian Foster has 562 yards rushing and a 5.9 yards per carry average but concerns about consistency are back after the bad game against the Giants.
Kansas City lacks the offensive firepower to hang in a shootout with Houston but if their defense can contain Houston they may rate a slight chance against the weak Texans defense. Houston won and covered the last NFL gambling matchup in this series in 2007.