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NFL Odds: Saints Cashing as Underdogs

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The Houston Texans have emerged from seemingly out of nowhere to win three straight and four of their last five games to jump into a tie for the AFC South with the Indianapolis Colts at 5-5 SU. Houston can keep the good times rolling at home in Week 12 against the Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints. Home field advantage has been big in this series, as visiting sides are just 0-3 SU and ATS in the last three meetings between the clubs.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of the Texans' last 7 games.
  • The Saints are 8-2 SU in their last 10 games in Week 12.
  • The total has gone over in 5 of the Saints' last 6 games after consecutive ATS losses.

Sportsbooks opened New Orleans in the +3 ballpark, and recent history is showing they cherish the underdog role. The Saints are 7-2 ATS in their previous nine tilts when labeled as dogs.

The Saints, who are coming off a bye, are typically solid performers when getting the extra rest. New Orleans is 6-0 ATS in their last six games after the bye week.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The New Orleans Saints betting odds line opened as 3-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked here at Odds Shark (including BetOnline), while the total was hovering around 49 at most shops.

A 30-22 result in favor of the Texans is the prediction by the Odds Shark handicapping pick engine. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NFL matchups here.

New Orleans Saints vs Houston Texans Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Houston Texans sit at 5-5 (5-5 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the New Orleans Saints are currently 4-6 (4-5-1 ATS). Looking to bet on the totals? Houston is 6-4 OU, and New Orleans is 6-3-1 OU. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Houston vs New Orleans injuries news.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Houston Texans at No. 16 and the New Orleans Saints at No. 27 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Houston's No. 25-ranked offense, averaging 20.8 PPG, against a Saints defense that ranks No. 32 this week at 31.5 PPG. The Texans aerial game is averaging 266.7 yards per game, less than the Saints secondary allows through the air, 293.1 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the New Orleans Saints own the league's No. 30-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 145 yards per game when on the road. Houston, on the other hand, rates No. 20 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

New Orleans didn't make much of a game of it last time out, losing to the Redskins as Washington blasted them 47-14 in Week 10 action.

In their last gridiron battle, DeAndre Hopkins did much of the damage, producing 118 receiving yards as Houston beat the Jets 24-17 at NRG Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • New Orleans is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of New Orleans's last 6 games
  • New Orleans is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • New Orleans is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • Houston is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Houston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston's last 7 games
  • Houston is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

New Orleans home to Carolina, Sunday, December 6th
Houston at Buffalo, Sunday, December 6th