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NFL Football Betting: HOU Texans vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers want the Lombardi Trophy for the second time in 4 years and will start the 2008 NFL football betting season off by playing host to the Texans.

Houston Texans will be trying to make their first playoff appearance in franchise history. The Texans and third year HC Gary Kubiak are looking to improve off of an 8-8 SU season in 2007 which left their fans optimistic about their chances in ’08.

Houston is looking for big things from QB Matt Schaub now that he has had another year to learn Kubiak and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan’s offense after a pedestrian year in 2007 (192-289 for 2241 yards and nine touchdowns along with nine interceptions).

However, the Texans running back situation is a mess as four different players carried the ball a significant amount of time and their leading returning rusher from 2007 is Ahman Green who had a paltry 260 yards on the ground last season. The Texans were a totally different team on the road than at home both SU and ATS.

NFL betting fans watched as the Texans went a solid 6-1-1 ATS at home but a terrible 2-6 ATS away off of the closing NFL betting odds. Ben Roethlisberger will lead the way for the Steelers as he comes off a Pro Bowl season in 2007, throwing for 3154 yards and 32 touchdowns as opposed to only 11 interceptions last season.

The Steelers will also welcome back RB Willie Parker to the mix (1316 yards in 2007) after being injured at the end of 2007, and drafted Rashard Mendenhall in the first round to help bolster the depth at the position.

Although Pittsburgh was decidedly average by ATS standards per the NFL lines in 2007, those who prefer to do their pro football gambling on money lines saw the Steelers churn out an impressive 7-1 SU mark at home.

The current football odds for this game find the Steelers sitting as 6.5-point favorites with a ‘total’ of 43 points. You can bet on this game and all the other Week 1 NFL action at Sportsbook this weekend. Open an account now!