The Los Angeles Chargers (1-2 SU, 2-1 ATS) are 1-4 SU and 2-3 ATS in their last five road games heading into a road matchup against the Houston Texans (0-2-1 SU, 2-0-1 ATS). The Chargers will try to turn things around on the road with a victory as a Chargers vs Texans prediction in Houston.
Chargers vs Texans Opening Odds
The Chargers opened as 7-point favorites before betting action on Houston moved the Chargers vs Texans odds down to Los Angeles -5. The total has also seen significant movement down to 44 points since opening at 46 points. The OVER is 6-2 in Los Angeles’ last eight games against AFC opponents.
Los Angeles Off To A Disappointing Start In 2022
The Chargers came into the season with high hopes and opened the year with a hard-fought win at home over the Las Vegas Raiders. They’ve gone 0-2 SU and 1-1 ATS since then, though, losing to the Kansas City Chiefs 27-24 in Kansas City and then getting crushed 38-10 last Sunday at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars had lost their previous 18 road games prior to that win over the Chargers.
Justin Herbert wasn’t at his best as he played through a rib injury, going just 25-for-45 with 297 passing yards, one touchdown pass and one interception. While Herbert and the offense didn’t play well, it was Los Angeles’ defense that really struggled, giving up 413 total yards and 38 points in the loss. Allowing an average of 28 points per game through their first three games of the season, the Chargers are tied for 30th league-wide in scoring defense.
Houston Hoping To Snap A Five-Game Winless Streak
The Texans fell to 0-4-1 SU over their last five games with Sunday’s 23-20 loss on the road to the Chicago Bears. Houston has been competitive this season, playing to a 20-20 tie with the Indianapolis Colts in Week 1 and losing 16-9 to the Denver Broncos in Week 2, but the team hasn’t been able to seal the deal with a win. The team’s last victory came last December 26 against the Chargers in a 41-29 victory as 13-point underdogs.
Despite their SU struggles, Houston has been a good bet for its backers with a 5-1-1 ATS record over its last seven games. Rookie running back Dameon Pierce had his best game to date against the Bears, rushing for 80 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries.
Chargers: Keys To Win
Keenan Allen is expected to return from his hamstring injury this week, and Justin Herbert will have another week to recover from his rib injury. If both are healthy on Sunday in Houston, they should be able to generate enough offense to win and potentially cover the spread as a Chargers vs Texans prediction.
Texans: Keys To Win
While the Texans did beat Los Angeles in a shootout last year, that isn’t likely to happen again considering the way these teams are built. Houston’s best shot at picking up an upset win as a Chargers vs Texans pick is for the defense to continue playing well and to keep this a low-scoring affair that the Texans could win without having to generate too much offense.
NFL Computer Pick: Texans +5
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