The Houston Texans and the San Diego Chargers are going to square off in Week 1 of the NFL betting campaign. Join us here at Cappers Info, as we make our predictions for football for what should be a great game on Monday.
Week 1 NFL Picks: Houston Texans @ San Diego Chargers
Date: Monday, September 9th, 10:20 ET
Location: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA
Week 1 Betting Odds: Houston -3 (44.5)
Texans vs. Chargers Live TV: ESPN
The Texans could be in a heck of a lot of trouble in this game if they aren’t careful. This is a relatively long road trip in a game which they are supposed to be winning, and they are going to have to go into this game with RB Arian Foster having not taken a single snap all preseason long and DE Antonio Smith on the suspended list. QB Matt Schaub ended last season in terrible shape, as the first team offense scored just six touchdowns over the course of the last six games of the season, including the two postseason games. The defense for the Texans will be great, but missing Smith is going to be a big time loss.
San Diego isn’t going to be the best team in the league this year, but it has a chance to get the job done in this game for sure. QB Philip Rivers has a heck of a lot of talent, but he hasn’t played like it over the course of the last two years. If he can stay off of his back — something that is a real challenge behind his offensive line – he could be in for a great game against a suspect Houston secondary that will likely be playing without S Ed Reed. Still, the bottom line is that 80% of the betting has come in on the Texans, yet the line isn’t moving. That’s enough for us to believe that the Bolts are the right side in this game, and we think that Houston is going to have a real problem.
Texans @ Chargers Pick: San Diego Chargers +3
Texans @ Chargers Score Prediction: San Diego 24 – Houston 17