NFL Picks: Texans vs. 49ers Opening Odds Report

Jordan Sharp

Tuesday, October 1, 2013 3:26 PM GMT

We take an early look at the NFL odds for Sunday night's matchup between the Houston Texans and the San Francisco 49ers. How should we let the early betting lines effect our NFL picks?

Sunday in Week 5 is going to be a great day of football, as several playoff contending teams are set to face off in crucial games. One of those is an inter-conference showdown on Sunday evening between the Houston Texans and the San Francisco 49ers. The NFL odds for this one have opened in favor of the 49ers at -6 ½, with a total of 42 ½. After suffering a tough loss at home, will the Texans be able to go into San Francisco and cover against a team that has had several extra days of rest?

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Heimlich maneuver 

The Texans might need some assistance, because after going up 20-3 at halftime at home against the Seahawks, they came out in the 2nd half and continued to give up 20 unanswered points while not scoring once in either the 2nd half or OT. The crucial mistake came with a little over five minutes left in the game. The Texans were up by a touchdown in Seattle territory after a Russell Wilson interception, when Matt Schaub threw an ill-advised pass that was intercepted and taken to the house to tie the game and send it into OT. Now at 2-2 SU, the Texans are looking up at both the Colts and Titans in the AFC South.

Check out our NFL Picks: Week 5 Betting Odds Report for up-to-date reports.

Injury bug

Despite being without two of their best defenders, the 49ers went into St. Louis on a short week and dominated the Rams. While Houston is much tougher than St. Louis, it was a much-needed win to even up their record through four games. However they were without two critical defenders in this game, and while you can beat the Rams without Nnamdi Asomugha and Patrick Willis, it will be much tougher to stop Houston without those guys. If they can’t play against the Texans, there could be some line movement in this game. 

The Texans are also dealing with some injuries to key players. Brian Cushing had to leave the game against Seattle with a concussion. Although he will still go through league protocol this week before being cleared to play, the Houston Chronicle reported that Cushing apparently passed league mandated sideline tests on Sunday for concussion, but was held out of the game by doctors as a precaution. It is believed he should be ready for Sunday. 

Another big injury on offense for Houston is Duane Brown, who missed his second straight game this past Sunday. This is leaving a big hole on Schaub’s blindside, and even though he is day-to-day right now, it will be bad news against the pass rush of the Niners if Brown can’t come back this week. 

The Texans have lost their last five games ATS dating back to their playoff loss to New England last season, and they have also gone 0-5 ATS in their last five road games dating back to last season. The Niners on the other hand are 16-7-1 ATS in their last 24 home games, where they are 1-1 ATS this season.

Betting the Spread- Texans vs. Niners

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Since the NFL odds for this game have come out, there has been some movement northward into the -7 range in favor of San Francisco. Look for the news on the injuries coming out tomorrow, and that will give us a little clearer picture on who to expect to play on Sunday night. 

Make sure you check back in the next few days for not only my NFL picks on the spread in this game, but the total as well. Until then make sure you stay up to date on all the line movement that’s going on around the NFL, with my NFL odds reports that come out every morning.

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