As far as exciting matchups go, the Texans taking on the Cardinals doesn’t exactly stand out in Week 7. The Texans have been a train wreck with Davis Mills under center, entering the week with five straight losses.
Let’s try to spice up this game with the following wagers to consider in the NFL pick of the day series.
All NFL gameday odds and lines are current as of Friday, October 22 at 12:00 p.m. ET.
Mike Barner’s season record: 11-12 (-1.08 units)
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Texans vs Cardinals Prediction
It’s not easy to find good things to say about the Texans. The came out of the gate with a win over the Jaguars in Week 1, but an injury to Tyrod Taylor (hamstring) in Week 2 has derailed their offense. Mills only has five touchdown passes to go along with his seven interceptions.
With Mills struggling, the Texans have scored fewer than 10 points in three of their last four games. Four of their five losses have come by at least 10 points, so they aren’t exactly keeping things close, either.
The Cardinals have been the polar opposite of the Texans. They still haven’t lost a game and have logged impressive victories over the Rams and Titans. They aren’t barely winning games, either, with four of their victories coming by at least 13 points.
With how lopsided this matchup is, the initial spread has been set at the Cardinals -17. While that might seem like a lofty number to cover, it’s difficult to envision scenario in which the Texans can stay in this game, health permitting on the Cardinals’ side.
Prediction: Cardinals 34, Texans 13
Texans vs Cardinals Best Bets
Best Bet: Cardinals Over 29.5 Points (-185) at BetMGM
Wager: 1 Unit
The Texans’ defense hasn’t been any better than their offense. They’ve allowed an average of 28.7 points per game, which is tied for the sixth-most in the league. With their offense struggling and their opponents building early leads, they have been run on a lot late, which has contributed to them allowing the second-most rushing yards per game.
Things likely won’t get any better for their defense against Kyler Murray and company. They have a talented group of wide receivers and recently traded for Zach Ertz to be their starting tight end. They’ve also scored at least 30 points in five of their six games, so it doesn’t seem likely that the Texans will be one of the teams to keep them under that threshold, making this our NFL bet of the day.
Best Bet: Texans Under 18.5 Points (-250) at BetMGM
Wager: 1 Unit
With Taylor still not ready to return, expect the Texans to struggle to score again. As previously mentioned, the Cardinals defense has been excellent, which will only further complicate matters.
The strange part about this total is that the under on 17.5 points also has -250 odds, so take the extra cushion that the under on 18.5 points provides for the same potential payout.
Best Bet: Cardinals Moneyline and Total Points Over 39.5 Points (-250) at BetMGM
Wager: 1 Unit
With their potent offense and the Texans allowing an average of 28.7 points per game, points shouldn’t be hard to come by for the Cardinals. Not only has Murray been racking up touchdowns in bunches, but running back James Conner has totaled five touchdowns on the ground.
The concern here is that the Texans could lay a complete egg offensively. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see them held to single digits. With that in mind, it might be better to roll with the over on this total at worse odds. The Cardinals could easily score over 30 points, which would likely make up for even a dismal performance by the Texans.
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