Washington Redskins vs. Houston Texans Point Spread – Pick Against the Spread

Washington Redskins(0-0SU,0-0ATS) vs. Houston Texans(0-0SU,0-0ATS)
NFL Week1
Date and Time:Sunday, September 7th @ 1:00 PM E
Where: NRG Stadium
TV: DirectTV
byJeffHochman,Pro Handicapper, JHSportsline.com

Point Spread: Wash +2.5/Hou -2.5
Over/Under Total:45

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Robert Griffen III is one year and eight months removed from major knee surgery and will be tested for sure. The Houston Texans feature a big time pass rush with the likes of Mario Williams and No. 1 draft pick Jadeveon Clowney. The Redskins will be looking to bounce back from a 3-13 straight up record. Gone is head coach Mike Shanahan. Gone is offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. Former Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden is now in charge. He led the Bengals offense to the playoffs in his two seasons with the team. The Redskins went 3-1 SU and 2-2 ATS this preseason. They outgained their opponents by 454 yards. Houston went 2-2 SU and 2-2 ATS in August. They were outgained by a whopping 487 yards. The Texans did not look crisp this preseason.

These two teams look very similar to me going into the season. It’s sad that they are playing each other, because these are two teams I want to play on early in the season. Don’t forget, the Texans won their first two games last year than went 0-14 to close out the regular season. The Texans wasted very little time in firing head coach Gary Kubiak and replacing him with Bill O’Brien last December. They got rid off Matt Schaub who seemed to throw a pick-six every game. They acquired 10-year vet Ryan Fitzpatrick from the Titans to play QB. Ryan was solid last season playing in 11 games. He threw for 2,454 yards with 14 touchdowns and a 62% completion rate. When Fitzpatrick was under pressure his QB rating is 20 points less. If the Redskins can apply consistent pressure, Fitzpatrick is very prone to making mistakes.


The Texans defense has a chance to be very special this season. It will all depend on the front seven. A ferocious pass rush will make up for some deficiencies in the secondary. The secondary looks to be one of the weaker units at this point. The team just signed Danieal Manning after getting cut by the Bengals. The 32-year old veteran played with the Texans from 2011-2013. His presence should help the younger guys. If the likes of Mario Williams, Jadeveon Clowney, and JJ Watt are not causing havoc on weekly basis, the Texans will be a middle of the road defense. Houston has had trouble with the physical nature of some teams. The Texans are just 1-8 ATS against teams from the NFC East.

Tough game to predict as we have two head coaches debuting with its new team. The Redskins looked much better in the stats this preseason, but the Texans will be pumped up at home after losing 14 straight games to end the 2013-14 season. Two very good offensive lines will be featured in this game. Houston’s pass rush will have to break through a Redskins line that allowed 7 sacks in four preseason games. The Texans allowed just 5 sacks in four preseason games. The unit looked really comfortable which is a far cry from last year. The Texans have listed Andre Johnson and Arian Foster as questionable on the injury report. If you like Houston in this matchup, keep an eye on their status. In my opinion, this is not a game to bet on.

Jeff’sPick to Cover the Point Spread: Washington Redskins +2.5

Tough game. Slight lean.