Texans vs. Broncos Point Spread: NFL Week 9 Odds, Prediction

Sports Interaction Staff | Updated Nov 01, 2018

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These two teams were the players in a huge NFL trade at the deadline, as the Broncos sent WR Demaryius Thomas to the Texans in exchange for draft picks.

Houston
11-5
AT
November 04, 2018, 4:05 PM ET
Empower Field at Mile High
Denver
6-10
Pointspread +1 -110
Moneyline -105
Over / Under o +46

79%

Betting Action

21%

Pointspread -1 -110
Moneyline -115
Over / Under u +46

79%

Betting Action

21%

The week 9 game between the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans has become much more newsworthy with the announcement of that mega-trade.

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

Unsurprisingly, that trade had an immediate effect on the odds for this matchup. After the trade, the Broncos odds dropped from -2.5 all the way to -1. This is the impact that oddsmakers see Thomas having on any team he plays on. In a press conference after the trade, Thomas talked about his role on his new team, saying, “I think it’s a great opportunity for me. Change can be good, it can be bad. But I think it’s going to be good here. I’m excited to get to work and see what I can do to help this squad out.”

The Texans should cover the spread on the road at Mile High Stadium in this afternoon game. The Texans are on top of the AFC South, while the Broncos are dealing with several issues as they try to get back up closer to .500.

Houston Texans

Even without the addition of Demaryius Thomas, the Texans were looking like a team on a mission, winning their fifth in a row last week in convincing fashion against the Miami Dolphins. The final score of that game was 42-23, in large part due to the stellar play of DeShaun Watson. Watson completed 16 of 20 passes for 239 yards and five touchdowns. Will Fuller had five catches for 124 yards and a touchdown before leaving the game with an ACL injury in the last quarter. Teammates DeAndre Hopkins and Julius Thomas both had two touchdowns in the game and RB Lamar Miller ran for 133 yards and a score on 18 carries.

So how much can the addition of Thomas jack up the Texans’ offense? It could be huge, potentially. Thomas, like all great receivers, needs an excellent QB to help him shine, and the stable of quarterbacks in Denver lately just hasn’t been cutting it. His numbers have suffered since Peyton Manning retired and last year was the first time in 7 years that Thomas didn’t post 1000 yards. All eyes will be on the next few Texans games to see if Watson-Thomas will be a match made in football heaven.

Denver Broncos

The quarterback curse that has plagued the Broncos since Peyton Manning left the building continues. Backup quarterback Chad Kelly was released by the team after he was arrested for a bizarre incident in which he wandered into a random family’s home in the middle of the night, sat on their couch and talked gibberish to himself.

This strange episode is the frosting on the disappointment cake the Broncos have been baking this season. They started out ok, with a couple of wins, but since then have dropped to a shaky 3-5.  Denver has lost six of their last nine home games. QB Case Keenum is completing 63.9 percent of his passes for 2,110 yards, 10 touchdowns and 10 interceptions – that interception number is troubling – he’s thrown at least one in every game he’s played this season. The blockbuster trade of their star receiver seems to indicate that this is a team that has resigned itself to a rebuild situation.

Texans vs. Broncos Prediction

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