NFL Odds Preview for Sunday's Texans vs. Raiders

Steven Suarez

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 5:25 PM GMT

The Raiders gave a good effort, but ultimately fell short in Week 1 against the Jets. Now they get to play at home, where they'll welcome the 1-0 Texans. Check out our NFL odds preview, along with some predicted line movement, for this Week 2 affair.

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The NFL odds have stood relatively still as we approach Sunday's kickoff. The Texans remain favored by a field goal at the top online sportsbooks.

For those wanting to make a play on the total, the O/U is still quoted at 39.5. 

Aside from rookie Jadeveon Clowney, the Texans don't have any major injury news to report. Meanwhile, Oakland has listed Maurice Jones-Drew as questionable, and the Raiders are dealing with a couple injuries to their linebacker corps too.


For Week 2, Where's the Best Value?
We're not going to touch a play on this game's spread. We want to see more out of the Texans before we put too much faith in them, and we definitely don't have much trust in Oakland at this point in time.

Instead, let's head towards the UNDER with our NFL picks. Ryan Fitzpatrick and Derek Carr doesn't offer too much offensive firepower, and you can see what J.J. Watt's presence does for Houston's defense. For Sunday, take the UNDER.

NFL Picks: UNDER 39.5

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* * O R I G I N A L * *

For now, the Texans are favored by a field goal despite being on the road.

A total of 39.5 can be found at sportsbooks such as 5Dimes. There are much better plays on the board than tackling this O/U, however, so we'd recommend looking elsewhere.

Oakland Raiders in 2014-15 Regular Season: 0-1 SU, 1-0 ATS, -5.0 margin of victory

Houston Texans in 2014-15 Regular Season: 1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS, +11.0 margin of victory

The Raiders hung with New York throughout Week 1's road game, though they fell short in a 19-14 defeat. That being said, their backers were left pleased by the final score, as Oakland had come in as 6.5-point underdogs.

All things considered, Derek Carr can consider his NFL debut a relative success, as he was 20-of-32 for 151 yards and two touchdowns. He didn't turn the ball over once in the loss, with Rod Streater (46 yards and a touchdown) and James Jones (34 yards and a score) the top two targets.

Oakland's running game was completely stuffed though, as Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew had only 26 yards on 13 carries between them.

While the Raiders weren't able to finish on the winning side in Week 1, the Texans got the job done at home, winning 17-6 over the Redskins. Houston showed up defensively, which ended up being the catalyst for the victory.

Ryan Fitzpatrick made his official Texans debut and had 206 yards and a touchdown, which was caught by DeAndre Hopkins on a 76-yard play. Andrew Johnson had six catches for 93 yards, while Arian Foster had 120 total yards in the win.

The defensive effort was what was most impressive, and Houston should be feeling confident about its chances of another good display against Oakland's questionable offense. It takes time for rookie quarterbacks to find their footing, so despite Carr's encouraging debut, we think he could be in for a long day against J.J. Watt and the Texans.

For now, however, we'll continue to monitor the NFL odds before placing our final NFL picks. We don't see much movement taking place around such an important number of three, but it's worth waiting it out just in case.