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Houston Hosts Minnesota As Both Teams Seek First Win

Minnesota Vikings vs Houston Texans Betting Odds

The Houston Texans and Minnesota Vikings are both off to 0-3 starts to the 2020 season. Houston is also 0-3 ATS while Minnesota is 1-2 ATS. One of these two teams will snap out of its losing streak Sunday afternoon in Houston.


Minnesota Vikings vs Houston Texans
  • Date/Time: October 4, 1 p.m. ET
  • Stadium: NRG Stadium
  • TV Coverage: Fox
  • Opening Odds: Texans -4 | O/U 49.5 (Line History)
  • Vikings vs Texans Matchup Report

Opening Odds Analysis

Early bettors have leaned slightly toward the Vikings in this game with Houston dropping from a 4-point favorite down to a 3.5-point favorite. The action was far more extreme on the OVER as bettors hammered the opening line of 49.5 points all the way up to 54.5 points. The OVER is 3-1 in the previous four meetings between these two teams.

Minnesota News & Notes

The Vikings suffered a heartbreaking loss at home last Sunday to the Titans, allowing six field goals, including a 55-yarder with under two minutes to go that proved to be the game-winner in a 31-30 Tennessee victory.

After throwing only six interceptions in 15 games last season, Kirk Cousins has already matched that total in 2020 with a dismal 5-to-6 touchdown-to-interception ratio through Minnesota’s first three games. He is completing only 59 percent of his passes and averaging 207.7 passing yards per game.

The Vikings defense has been an even bigger problem, allowing 440 total yards and 34 points per game. Minnesota’s 11-7 SU and 10-8 ATS campaign in 2019 feels like a distant memory after this 0-3 SU and 1-2 ATS start.

Houston News & Notes

Head coach and general manager Bill O’Brien was widely criticized this offseason for trading DeAndre Hopkins to Arizona for a weak return that included running back David Johnson and some draft picks. Any hopes Texans fans might have had that O’Brien knew something they didn’t have been dashed.

Hopkins is averaging 10.7 catches and 118.7 receiving yards per game on a 2-1 SU and ATS Arizona Cardinals team while Johnson is averaging only 3.8 yards per carry on a 0-3 SU and ATS Texans team.

As bad as Houston’s start to the season has been, the team’s three losses have come against three of the AFC’s top contenders in the Kansas City Chiefs, Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers. Two straight home games, against Minnesota this week and the Jacksonville Jaguars next week, provide a golden opportunity to bounce back.

Betting Pick: Minnesota +3.5

It wouldn’t be too surprising to see Deshaun Watson put the Texans on his back and carry them to a big win at home over the Vikings. But in a game between two struggling teams with no clear edge to be found, it’s hard to pass up on the 3.5 points on Minnesota’s side.


Shark Bites
  • Minnesota is 11-1 SU in its last 12 October games.
  • Houston is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 home games.
  • The OVER is 4-2 in Houston’s last 6 games.