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The hapless Houston Texans lost another game Sunday night, blowing a 24-6 second-half lead in losing to the Colts.

They also may have lost head coach Gary Kubiak, who suffered a medical emergency at halftime Sunday night, and had to be ambulanced to a hospital.

This week the 2-6 Texans forge on with a trip to Arizona to play the 4-4 Cardinals (4:25 pm ET, CBS).

Houston (along with Jacksonville), with all its problems, has been the worst team in the league to bet on this year, going 1-7 ATS.

On the home side of this match-up Arizona is only one game out in the battle for the second NFC wild-card spot. The Cardinals are also 5-3 ATS on the season and coming off their bye week.

As of early this week Arizona was favored by one point over the Texans.

Backers of the Cardinals have seen them go 4-4 and 5-3 ATS so far this season, while the Texans are at 2-6 and 1-7 ATS. In totals betting, the Texans are 5-3, while the Cardinals are 3-5.

View Houston Texans vs Arizona Cardinals Odds and Stats.

On the opening line for this matchup, the Cardinals sat as 3-point favorites at shops such as 5Dimes. The total, meanwhile, has been pegged by the oddsmakers at GTbets.eu at 40.5.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Cardinals rated this week at No. 22 and the Texans sitting at No. 25. It may or may not play a role in OddsShark score prediction models that turned out a 19-12 result in favor of the Cardinals this week.

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In their last action, Houston was a 27-24 loser at home against the Colts. They failed to cover the 1-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (51) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Last time we saw the Falcons, they had no answer for Andre Ellington as the Cardinals rolled to a 27-13 victory at University of Phoenix Stadium.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Arizona's No. 24-ranked offense, averaging 20 PPG, against a Texans defense that ranks No. 27 this week at 27.62 PPG. The Cardinals aerial game is averaging 221.38 yards per game, more than the Texans secondary allows through the air, 158 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Texans feature the league's No. 16-rated road run defense, allowing 114.5 yards per game. Arizona, meanwhile, ranks No. 22 in rushing offense at home.

A few Texans at Cardinals trends to consider:
Houston is 1-8 ATS in its last 9 games
Houston is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Houston's last 9 games
Houston is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Arizona is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games
Arizona is 5-15 SU in its last 20 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Arizona's last 7 games
Arizona is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Houston at Oakland, Sunday, November 17th
Arizona at Jacksonville, Sunday, November 17th