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Betting Preview: Houston Texans vs Los Angeles Chargers

Two AFC contenders who have split their first two games will square off in Los Angeles on Sunday when the Chargers (1-1) host the Houston Texans (1-1). Both have been involved in a pair of extremely competitive games so far, going a combined 1-2-1 against the spread.

Houston Texans vs Los Angeles Chargers (Matchup Report)

Date/Time: September 22, 4:25 p.m. ET

TV Coverage: CBS

Opening Odds: Los Angeles -4.5 | O/U 48.5 (Line History)

Opening Odds Analysis

With two solid defenses involved, it is no surprise to see the total drop and early money come in on the road team visiting an opponent without much of a home-field advantage. That said, one could certainly argue that the Texans played better in a season-opening road loss to the New Orleans Saints than they did last week in beating the Jacksonville Jaguars at home.

Houston News & Notes

After playing with short rest off a thrilling loss at New Orleans on Monday Night Football in Week 1, Houston looked to suffer a bit of a letdown against Jacksonville in Week 2. The Texans were lucky to win the game over the Jaguars despite facing a sixth-round draft pick making his first road start in rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew.

The good news is that their defense came up huge in stopping a potential game-winning two-point conversion attempt by Jacksonville running back Leonard Fournette with 36 seconds remaining.

Houston has a Super Bowl-caliber defense and must do a better job of protecting quarterback Deshaun Watson, who has been sacked 10 times in the first two games. Watson will likely be under a lot of pressure from Los Angeles as well, so how he handles it could be the deciding factor.

Los Angeles News & Notes

Penalties plagued the Chargers in a disappointing 13-10 loss to the Detroit Lions last Sunday, with two touchdowns getting called back on the same drive on which they then ended up fumbling at the goal line and getting no points at all.

That was the difference in the game even though running back Austin Ekeler has continued to play well in replacing Melvin Gordon aside from that key turnover. Ty Long also missed two important field goals while filling in for Michael Badgley, as the punter missed from 39 and 41 yards out inside Ford Field.

But much like Houston, the defense kept Los Angeles in the game and gave the team a chance to win at Detroit despite its offensive shortcomings. Badgley’s return could only help.

Betting Pick: UNDER 47.5

The defenses will take center stage here, with the winner maybe needing just two touchdowns to win. These teams combined for two touchdowns between them last week.

Shark Bites
  • Los Angeles is 10-1-1 ATS in its last 12 games after an ATS loss.
  • Los Angeles is 1-6-1 ATS in its last 8 September games.
  • Houston is 1-5 SU and 0-6 ATS in the past 6 meetings.