Texans vs. Saints Point Spread: NFL Predictions, Week 1 Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Aug 30, 2019

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The New Orleans Saints are out for redemption after a horrible call in the NFC Championship cost them a trip to the Super Bowl. They're 7-point favourites on MNF.

Houston
10-6
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September 09, 2019, 7:10 PM ET
Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Pointspread +7 -110
Moneyline +260
Over / Under o +52.5

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Pointspread -7 -110
Moneyline -315
Over / Under u +52.5

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Betting Action

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Don’t want to get ahead of ourselves, the but early Monday night game in Week 1 is a potential preview of Super Bowl LIV this February as the Houston Texans visit the New Orleans Saints, who are 7-point Sports Interaction favourites.

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The Week 1 schedule really isn’t all that great this year. It features only two games matching playoff teams from last year. One is Colts-Chargers on Sunday, and that lost a ton of value when Indianapolis star quarterback Andrew Luck shockingly retired. The other is Texans at Saints on Monday.

Houston won the AFC South last year at 11-5, tying for the third-best record in the AFC. However, the Texans were knocked off at home by Luck’s Colts in the Wild-Card round of the playoffs. Some believe Texans coach Bill O’Brien is on the hot seat this year.

New Orleans tied for the NFL’s best record last year at 13-3 and was the NFC’s top seed but lost the conference title game at home to the Los Angeles Rams because of the worst missed call by an official in league playoff history. It was so bad that coaches are now allowed to challenge non-calls on pass interference. It was the second straight year New Orleans lost a playoff game in unbelievable fashion.

The Texans are a fairly new franchise so they have played the Saints just four times in the regular season. They teams have split straight up and ATS. Houston won the last meeting 24-6 at home in 2015. The home team has covered in all four.

Houston Texans

Houston is primed to perhaps be the biggest beneficiary of Luck’s retirement as the Colts were favourites to win the AFC South but now the Texans are +130 favourites. They are really the only team in the division with some certainty at quarterback with Deshaun Watson. However, the Texans also took a huge hit in Week 3 of the pre-season in losing top running back Lamar Miller to a season-ending torn ACL. Houston fortunately had traded for Browns running back Duke Johnson earlier in August, but Johnson has never been a three-down back. Will former No. 1 overall pick and defensive end Jadeveon Clowney play here? He skipped all of camp and the pre-season as he hasn’t signed the franchise tag and wants a long-term extension or trade. Quite possible he sits to start the regular season.

New Orleans Saints

Might this be the last realistic chance at a second Super Bowl win in franchise history for this current Saints core? We think they would have won it last year if not for that missed call in the NFC title game. Drew Brees holds nearly every major NFL regular-season passing record, but he struggled late last season and is 40 years old. If Brees can just be good, this team doesn’t have many holes. He has one of the NFL’s best running backs in Alvin Kamara and top receivers in Michael Thomas. The Saints think they will have defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins in Week 1. He had a breakout 2018 season but tore his Achilles tendon in the playoffs and was activated off the PUP list at the end of the pre-season. Rankins might be limited for a while. New Orleans is 1-4 ATS in its past four Monday game.

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