49ers vs. Texans Point Spread: NFL Pre-Season Week 2 Odds, Prediction

Charlie Grant | Updated Aug 17, 2018

jimmy garoppolo

The 49ers begin Year 2 under head coach Kyle Shanahan and there’s a lot of talk the offence will be in good shape with a full year of Garoppolo under centre. 

August 18, 2018, 8:00 PM ET
NRG Stadium
Pointspread +3 -105
Moneyline +145
Over / Under o +43
Pointspread -3 -115
Moneyline -170
Over / Under u +43

Two of the most exciting quarterbacks in the NFL play against each other on Saturday night in Houston when Deshaun Watson tries to outperform San Francisco’s Jimmy Garoppolo.

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

Houston is 10-6 straight up in August games since Bill O’Brien was appointed as the team’s head coach in 2014. The Texans were forced to cancel one of their pre-season games last year because of massive flooding in Houston. The club is 8-4 against the spread in its last 12 pre-season matchups including last week’s 17-10 win as a 2.5-point underdog against the Kansas City Chiefs.

San Francisco is 6-0 SU and 5-1 ATS in regular season and pre-season games since Garoppolo took over the QB1 duties. The Niners won 24-21 last week against Dallas but failed to cover the spread as 3.5-point favourites.

San Francisco 49ers

San Francisco is dealing with a number of injuries during its training camp. Running back Jerrick McKinnon was among the 16 players listed on the Niners’ Monday injury report. San Fran signed veteran tailback Alfred Morris to fill in until McKinnon can return to action.

Shanahan was the offensive coordinator in Washington when Morris ran for a combined 2888 yards and 20 touchdowns the running back’s first two years in the league.

The Niners are prepared for the heat in Houston. San Fran traveled to Texas to scrimmage against its weekend opponent. The temperature is expected to reach triple digits in Houston on Saturday but the NGR Stadium possesses a retractable dome.

Houston Texans

It looks like it’s all systems go for Houston quarterback Deshaun Watson. The second-year player showed no restrictions on the field during scrimmage against the Niners this week – which is good news for Over bettors. The Texans averaged 34.7 points per game in the six starts Watson made in 2017 and just 13 points in the 10 games somebody else started under centre.

Watson isn’t the only big-name player making a return in Houston this year. Three-time Defensive Player of the Year winner JJ Watt has played in just eight games over the last two seasons because of a back injury in 2016 and a broken leg in 2017.

The defensive lineman told reporters there’s no doubt in his mind he’ll be ready to play for Week 1 of the regular season against the New England Patriots.

49ers vs. Texans Prediction