Denver Broncos at Houston Texans - 12/8/19 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Denver Broncos (4-8) at Houston Texans (8-4)
NFL Football: Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 1:00 pm (NRG Stadium)
The Line: Houston Texans -9 -- Over/Under: 42.5
The Denver Broncos and Houston Texans meet Sunday in week 14 NFL action at NRG Stadium.
The Denver Broncos look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Denver Broncos have lost their last three road games. Brandon Allen is completing 46.4 percent of his passes for 515 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Allen and Joe Flacco have combined for nine touchdowns and seven interceptions. Courtland Sutton and Noah Fant have combined for 1,285 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Emmanuel Sanders has 30 receptions. The Denver Broncos ground game is averaging 108.3 yards per contest, and Phillip Lindsay leads the way with 766 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Denver is allowing 19.8 points and 324.3 yards per game. Todd Davis leads the Denver Broncos with 88 tackles, Derek Wolfe has seven sacks and Justin Simmons has three interceptions.
The Houston Texans look to stay hot after winning six of their last eight games. The Houston Texans have won their last four home games. Deshaun Watson is completing 69.2 percent of his passes for 3,133 yards, 23 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Watson has two or more touchdown passes in 13 of his last 21 games. DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller V have combined for 1,501 receiving yards and nine touchdowns while Kenny Stills has 30 receptions. The Houston Texans ground game is averaging 129.8 yards per contest, and Carlos Hyde leads the way with 853 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Houston is allowing 22.6 points and 374 yards per game. Zach Cunningham leads the Houston Texans with 102 tackles, Whitney Mercilus has 5.5 sacks and Tashaun Gipson has two interceptions.
The Broncos are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games as a road underdog and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Texans are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games as a favorite and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games as a home favorite. The under is 8-2-1 in Broncos last 11 road games. The under is 4-1 in Texans last 5 games overall. The under is 5-1-1 in the last 7 meetings.
The Denver Broncos find ways to compete and hang around in games they probably shouldn't, but their quarterback situation isn't good and there's way too much pressure on the defense to play at a high level. The Houston Texans are in a letdown spot after beating the New England Patriots last week, but they're led by a quarterback who is beyond his years and I doubt they fall into the trap. I'm not looking to step in front of these Houston Texans and I don't trust inexperienced quarterbacks on the road. The Texans should cruise in this game.