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Rams face Texans in Week 6 odds

St. Louis RamsHouston Texans
2-3October 13, 2013, 01:00 | Reliant Stadium2-3

The Houston Texans have won the AFC South the last two seasons, but at the moment they have to be considered one of the biggest disappointments of this NFL early season. Houston had to come from behind to win its first two games this year, and has since lost three in a row, getting blown out by Baltimore, blowing a big lead against Seattle, then getting blown out by San Francisco.

And its quarterback has thrown nine interceptions, four of which have been returned for touchdowns!

TJ Yates, anyone?

The Texans will try to remember how to win when they host the 2-3 St. Louis Rams Sunday afternoon  (1 pm ET, Fox).

In the early betting Houston was favored by seven points over the Rams, who had the next-best thing to a bye last week; a home game with the Jaguars (which they won).

Backers of the Texans have seen them go 2-3 and 0-5 ATS so far this season, while the Rams are at 2-3 and 1-4 ATS. In totals betting, the Rams are 4-1, while the Texans are 3-2.

View St. Louis Rams vs Houston Texans Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with the Texans in this one found them as -10-point favorites earlier in the week at Sportsbook.ag, while the total was sitting at 43.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 18-rated Texans and the No. 26-ranked Rams, according to the NFL Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring models run on this game indicate a potential 15-14 result in favor of the Rams.

St. Louis won its last outing, a 34-20 result against the Jaguars on October 6. The Rams covered in that game as a 12.5-point favorite, while the 54 combined points took the game OVER the total.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Houston's No. 26-ranked offense (18.6 PPG) against a Rams defense that ranks No. 28 at 28.2 PPG. The Texans passing attack has averaged 257.2 yards per game, more than the Rams give up through the air (256.4 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Rams own the league's No. 13-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 110.67 yards per game when on the road. Houston, on the other hand, rates No. 5 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

A few Rams at Texans trends to consider:
St. Louis is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
St. Louis is 3-10 SU in its last 13 games
St. Louis is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
St. Louis is 4-15-1 SU in its last 20 games on the road
Houston is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
Houston is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games
Houston is 14-7 ATS in its last 21 games at home

Next up:
St. Louis at Carolina, Sunday, October 20th
Houston at Kansas City, Sunday, October 20th