MNF Betting: Texans vs Chargers
The Texans are 3-point road favorites at San Diego in second game of the opening Monday night doubleheader.
It’s only the third time since 2008 that the Chargers have been home underdogs.
Houston has consistently gotten off to good starts under coach Gary Kubiak. The Texans have gone 6-1 straight up and against the spread in September the past two seasons.
All-Pro running back Arian Foster has been banged up during the preseason, but is aiming to play in the opener.
The Chargers went 1-3 in the preseason, including a 41-6 blowout home loss to the San Francisco 49ers last Thursday. They also lost starting wide receiver Danario Alexander to a knee injury in the offseason.
Houston has struggled on Monday nights, going 0-5 ATS recently. But the Texans are 6-1 ATS in their past 7 September games overall. They also trend OVER the total early in the season (16-4 past 20 September games).
Monday Night Football Betting Line:
The point spread was settled in at 2.5 favoring the host Chargers earlier in the week, according to Sportsbook.ag. The over under line was hovering around 46, with movement expected during the week at Bovada.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Chargers sit at No. 16 in the current NFL Power Rankings here at OddsShark, while the Texans are at No. 4 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Texans will win this game 28-23.
Houston Texans Trends:
When playing in September are 8-2
When playing on grass are 8-2
After being outgained are 7-3
When playing outside the division are 6-4
San Diego Chargers Trends:
When playing in September are 6-4
When playing on grass are 3-7
After being outgained are 5-5
When playing outside the division are 3-7
A few Texans at Chargers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games
Houston is 13-5 SU in its last 18 games
Houston is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games on the road
Houston is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 14 of San Diego's last 20 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 9 of San Diego's last 13 games
San Diego is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
San Diego is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games
Houston home to Tennessee, Sunday, September 15
San Diego at Philadelphia, Sunday, September 15