Questionable NFL Odds on Offer for Texans vs. Giants

Steven Suarez

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 6:10 PM UTC

Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014 6:10 PM UTC

While the Texans have opened the season with two wins, the Giants have yet to taste that winning feeling. Eli Manning will lead New York out as small underdogs for this Week 3 affair, but can we really put our faith in them at this point?

The line is actually at a PK, which will be music to the ears of potential Texans backers. The total right now is at either 41.5 or 42.

There are a couple small injury worries for New York ahead of Week 3.

Odell Beckham has been ruled out, while Devon Kennard and Jon Beason are both unavailable as well.

The Texans' big worry is Arian Foster, who is currently considered questionable to play after being limited at practice. He's been a huge part of Houston's offensive game-plan so far this season, so being without him would be a significant blow. Fortunately, the likes of Andre Johnson, DeAndre Hopkins and Garrett Graham are all probable.

Where should we go with our NFL picks for this game?

We know the Giants are desperate as can be for a victory, but they've done little to inspire confidence so far this season. Meanwhile, the Texans have looked terrific, especially on the defensive side of the ball.

The lines are indeed short, which is a little worrying, but we're taking the better team and putting our faith in Houston.

NFL Pick: Texans PK

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Interestingly enough, the 2-0 Texans are only favored by a point or two. It all depends on which sportsbook you utilize, but either way the NFL odds seem a little off, considering the Giants have looked awful so far this season.

For now, the total is at 42 points at 5Dimes, but of course there's a lot of time left for that number to rise or fall.

New York Giants in 2014-15 Regular Season: 0-2 SU, 0-2 ATS, -16.0 margin of victory

Houston Texans in 2014-15 Regular Season: 2-0 SU, 2-0 ATS, +13.5 margin of victory

In Week 2, the Giants out-gained Arizona 341-266 in total offense, yet they ended up on the losing side in a 25-14 defeat.

Eli Manning threw for 277 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions, with tight end Larry Donnell leading the Giants with seven catches for 81 yards. Victor Cruz was relatively quiet again, finishing with only 60 yards on five receptions. Rashad Jennings totaled 18 carries for 64 yards and added four catches for 45 yards.

As for the Texans, they looked excellent once again on their way to a 30-14 road win over Oakland. They held possession for over 38 of the 60 minutes in the dominant win.

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick managed the offense well, completing 14-of-19 passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns, with one going to DeAndre Hopkins and the other going to an unlikely source: defensive end J.J. Watt. Arian Foster had a great day out of the backfield, going for 138 yards and a touchdown on 28 attempts.

Once again, the Houston defense stepped up, forcing four turnovers overall. Watt and company have to be liking their chances of winning the turnover battle against the mistake-prone Manning.

That being said, the lines suggest the Texans aren't going to find it too easy in this road test.

These odds are a little confusing, and make me believe the Giants are going to be very competitive in this game. You would have thought the Texans, fresh off two dominant wins in a row, would be favored by a larger margin over this Giants team that's struggled so much in the early goings.

Alas, that's not the case. Houston is just a small favorite, and that's going to be enticing to a lot of potential backers.

We'll have to monitor various developments this week, notably possible injuries as well as line movement, before recommending our finalized ATS NFL picks for Week 3. Check back soon.

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