Texans vs. Packers Point Spread: NFL Pre-Season Week 1 Odds, Prediction

Jeremy Perry | Updated Aug 05, 2019

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The Houston Texans and Green Bay Packers will both enter the 2019 NFL season flying under the radar somewhat as potential Super Bowl contenders.

August 08, 2019, 8:00 PM ET
Lambeau Field
Green Bay
Pointspread +1 -110
Moneyline +102
Over / Under o +36
Pointspread -1 -110
Moneyline -123
Over / Under u +36

Houston is coming off an impressive 11-5 season that ended with a third straight AFC South division title. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers are coming off a disappointing 6-9-1 season that led to some major changes in Wisconsin. Although it’s just the first preseason game for both teams, each are aiming to show that they’ve made progress in the offseason.

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

It seems like every other year Houston’s head coach Bill O’Brien has his club ready to compete at a high level in the preseason. The Texans went 4-0 in the 2016 preseason and then 3-1 in the 2018 preseason. However, Houston went a combined 3-4 in the 2015 and 2017 exhibition seasons, so it’s hard to gauge what to expect heading into this year’s slate of summer games.

Green Bay will be led by first-time head coach Matt LaFleur, who arrives after stops as the offensive coordinator of the Los Angeles Rams and Tennessee Titans over the last two seasons. LaFleur should be motivated to kick off his coaching tenure with a victory.

Houston Texans

While Watson likely won’t see much – if any – action in Week 1 of the preseason, the Texans do have some capable veterans with A.J. McCarron and Joe Webb III competing for the backup quarterback job. McCarron, in particular, needs a strong performance this preseason to prove he is ready to step in should Watson suffer another injury. Houston isn’t nearly as deep as running back, where Lamar Miller will once again be asked to carry the load. The team also just surprisingly cut D’Onta Foreman, so we’ll see who they have planned to use as a backup.

Green Bay Packers

The Packers should be a much different looking team with LaFleur taking over as head coach and also calling plays on the offensive side of the football. With Rodgers spending most of this game on the sideline, it will be up to DeShone Kizer and Tim Boyle to execute Lafleur’s game plan at the quarterback position.

Green Bay could lean a little more on its rushing attack in this contest with running backs Dexter Williams and Kapri Bibbs fighting for jobs. LaFleur is known as a coach who likes to run the ball, so don’t be surprised if he tests out the schemes, running backs and offensive line in this spot.

The Packers also have some new faces on the defensive side of the football with first round picks Rashan Gary and Darnell Savage looking to make an immediate impact. For all of the talk about Rodgers, LaFleur and the offense, the reality is that the Green Bay defense will need to improve in order for them to have a shot at the postseason.