NFL Picks: Raiders vs. Texans Betting Preview

Steven Suarez

Monday, November 18, 2013 8:00 PM UTC

Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 8:00 PM UTC

When will the Texans end their losing streak? They have a great opportunity to do so this Sunday at home to Terrelle Pryor and the Raiders. What are the numbers at the betting odds boards?

Odds Overview

Dependent on which sportsbook you check out, Houston is favored by either 7 or 7.5 points. They've been a terrible team to side with this season, having gone 2-7 both SU and ATS thus far on the season. The Raiders are 3-6 SU and 5-3-1 ATS.

For now, the O/U is listed in the range of 42 to 43.5. The OVER is 6-3 in games involving Houston and 3-6 in those featuring Oakland.

Oakland Raiders

One week after getting pummeled (49-20) by Philadelphia, the Raiders put forth a much more spirited effort in a 24-20 loss to the New York Giants.

Oakland didn't win straight up, but did play well enough to give their backers an ATS cover. The Raiders came in as 7.5-point underdogs on the NFL odds board. 

Terrelle Pryor struggled to get anything going in the loss, hitting on only 11-of-26 attempts for 122 yards, while failing to record a touchdown pass and getting picked off once. He was able to reach the end-zone with his legs however. 

The defeat was Oakland's second straight and third in their past four games. They've dug themselves quite the hole in the AFC West, a division that was already tough enough with Kansas City (9-0) and Denver (8-1) playing great football all season long. 

Statistically, the Raiders have been mediocre on both sides of the ball. They're #18 in total offense and #16 in team defense and their record reflects their uninspired overall play.

Week 11 NFL daily betting odds report~ 

Houston Texans

The Texans are in desperate need of locating that winning feeling again. They haven't picked up a victory since September 15th, a 30-24 home win over Tennessee.

Since then, Houston has lost at home to Seattle, St. Louis and Indianapolis and on the road to Baltimore, San Francisco, Kansas City and Arizona. 

Thing is, the last three losses have all been incredibly close, with the Texans losing by three or less each time. They hung tough with the Chiefs and Cardinals away from home and then completely blew that Sunday Night Football game versus the Colts.

Against Arizona, Case Keenum did another good job of running the offense. He finished with 201 passing yards and three touchdown throws, though he did lose a fumble in the loss. Andre Johnson caught both scores, but had only 37 total receiving yards. 

You've got to commend the job Keenum has done since taking over the starting job. Matt Schaub is healthy but Keenum's performances have earned him the right to keep the role. Can he finally get the Texans over the hump in Week 11? 

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NFL Pick

A team that's lost seven straight is favored by a touchdown? You got that right and we're going as far to say we think the Texans are the right side.

The longer teams go without a win, the hungrier they get. You've seen that recently with the likes of Tampa Bay and Jacksonville, who've been playing better and better each week.

Houston is due for a great all-around performance and win and this is as good of a chance as they'll get to do it. Let's side with Keenum to earn his first win as a starting NFL quarterback for our NFL picks and lead the Texans to a SU and ATS cover.

NFL Pick: Houston Texans -7

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