Football Betting Lines

Football Betting Lines



The Texans, losers of five straight, look to get back into the win column with a crucial home matchup with the AFC South rival Colts set for Sunday night.

Indianapolis and Houston are both well-rested coming off of their bye weeks, but both offenses have major injuries to overcome. The Colts lost their top WR Reggie Wayne to a torn ACL last game and the Texans could be without both of their top two ball carriers in RBs Arian Foster (hamstring) and Ben Tate (ribs) who will both be game-time decisions. Houston QB Matt Schaub (ankle) is reportedly healthy enough to play, but the team will stick with Case Keenum who nearly led his team to an upset in Kansas City in his first start in Week 7. These teams have split the past six meetings with the home team winning every time (SU and ATS), but the 2013 season has been quite different for both clubs. Indy is 5-2 including handing the Seahawks and Broncos their only losses of the season. Houston has lost five in a row SU, including its most recent home game by a 38-13 score to 9.5-point underdog St. Louis, and is 1-6 ATS for the season. Over the past two seasons, Indianapolis is 6-0 ATS when playing teams who give up 27 or more points per game, and is also 10-2 ATS after having won two out of its past three games during the same period. The Texans, however, are 11-3 ATS when playing at home against conference opponents in the past three seasons and 10-2 ATS at home after a close loss (3 points or less) since 1992.

Before the Colts' bye week, they pulled off a dramatic 39-33 victory over the Broncos. In that game, QB Andrew Luck spoiled Peyton Mannings return to Indy as Luck threw for 228 yards, three touchdowns and no picks while also rushing for 29 yards and another touchdown. Luck has now thrown for 1,574 yards, 10 touchdowns and just three interceptions this season. Although his accuracy was horrible against Houston last year (49percent completions), he still threw for 377 yards with 4 TD and 0 INT in the two meetings. However, the Colts suffered a major blow in their last game as top WR Reggie Wayne tore his ACL going for a ball that was underthrown. Wayne had 38 receptions for 503 yards and two touchdowns this season, and it is now up to T.Y Hilton (27 rec., 412 yards, 2 TD) to step up as Indianapolis go-to receiver. The Colts have also been a strong running team this season with 129 rushing YPG (9th in NFL) on 4.6 YPC (7th in league) despite the struggles of No. 1 RB Trent Richardson (228 rush yards on 3.0 YPC in five games with Indy). The pressure is also on the Colts defense to continue their solid play this season. They are allowing just 18.7 PPG, which makes them the eighth-best scoring defense in the league, thanks in large part to stopping teams on third down (35percent conversions, 6th-best in NFL). Their secondary has also been strong this season, allowing just 228.4 YPG through the air (13th) with eight interceptions.

The Texans have struggled this season, but they at least picked up their first ATS win before the bye week. Case Keenum is the new starting quarterback, a role solidified after he threw for 271 yards, 1 TD and 0 INT in his NFL debut, a 17-16 defeat at the hands of the Chiefs. RB Arian Foster carried the ball just four times that game before leaving with a hamstring injury. He has rushed for 542 yards on 4.5 YPC) this year, and has dominated Indy in his career with 173 total yards per game and 6 TD in the past six meetings. Both he and No. 2 RB Ben Tate (ribs) will be game-time decisions for this one, and if they are both out, the team will ask a committee of Ray Graham, Dennis Johnson and Deji Karim to run the football. This would put a lot of pressure on Keenum and the air attack. Top WR Andre Johnson had four catches for 89 yards with Keenum throwing against the Chiefs and now has 48 receptions for 584 yards this season. Johnson has not caught a touchdown pass yet though, with TE Garrett Graham (3 TD) and rookie WR DeAndre Hopkins (2 TD) the team's only players with more than one touchdown grab this season. The brightest spot for Houston this year has been their passing defense. The unit has allowed just 145.6 passing YPG, which leads the NFL, but the team has only three interceptions as part of a meager five forced turnovers for the entire year. The Texans lead the NFL in yards per game margin (+113), but poor red-zone efficiency on both sides of the ball (47percent on offense, T7th-worst in NFL; 68percent on defense, 2nd-worst in NFL) has led to their horrible 2-5 record.

Conner Vernon: I'm not like Wes Welker or Eric Decker

How can a single player be compared to Denver Broncos wide receivers Wes Welker and Eric Decker when their skill sets aren't exact Apuestas Deportivas ly similar? Conner Vernon says it's all about complexion.

"It's funny how, nowadays, you're just comparing race to race here," the Duke wide receiver told USA Today's Mike Garafolo. "Aside from my skin color, I don't see where they got that assumption."
Welker is a 5-foot-9, 185-pound slot receiver. Decker stands 6-3, 218 pounds and is a physical option on the outside. Vernon splits the difference at 6-0,196 pounds. He's not as big as Decker, but doesn't have Welker's quickness.

This isn't a first. The quarterback position has gone through this for years.

Vernon finished his career as the Atlantic Coast Conference's all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards. He'd love to be compared to Welker and Decker because of the numbers he puts up as player. Right now, Vernon just doesn't see it.

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Culliver indicated that a gay player would not be welcome on the 49ers

Culliver, 24, said Thursday that's "not what's in my heart" and he was "just kidding around."

San Francisco 49ers cornerb McNabb returns to Philly to take on Vick

Kickoff: Sunday, 4:15 p.m. EDT Betting Odds: Philadelphia -6, Total: 43

Sure, this is a pretty sign video poker ificant early season NFC East match-up. However the real story here is Donovan McNabb’s return to the City of Brotherly love in addition to the resurgence of Philly’s new starting QB, Michael Vick.

Donovan McNabb faces his former team for the first time, while the Eagles are flying high under Michael Vick (750 pass yds, 7 total TD, 0 INT). Vick should continue to thrive against a Washington pass defense that ranks second-to-last in the league this year (326 YPG). Philly’s aggressive pass rush will have McNabb (833 pass yds, 2 TD, 1 INT this year) in the crosshairs against an injury-plagued Washington o-line.

Washington’s injuries extend elsewhere too. Clinton Portis has a bad wrist, but he will play Sunday. Portis has gained 873 total yards with eight touchdowns in 10 career games against the Eagles. The ’Skins also have special teams issues. Punter Josh Bidwell went down during warm-ups last week, and kicker Graham Gano punted four times with a miserable 24.0 net average.

Philadelphia has no significant injuries to report. TE Brent Celek has a bruised wrist, but he will not be affected much, if any, by the ailment. All the focus has been on Vick’s arm this year, but he has also rushed for 170 yards. The Eagles rank seventh in the NFL with 417 rushing yards, and LeSean McCoy has 209 of those yards on a whopping 6.1 yards-per-carry average. McCoy gained 168 total yards in two games against Washington last season.

The Eagles are 24-12 against the Redskins since 1992, but the teams have been more evenly matched recently with Philly holding a 5-3 edge SU and Washington with the upper hand ATS (4-3-1) in the past eight meetings. This NFL betting trend favors Washington:

Play On - Underdogs of 3.5 to 10 points (WASHINGTON) - an average offensive team (18 to 23 PPG) against an excellent offensive team (>=27 PPG), after a loss by 14 or more points. (28-8 since 1983.) (77.8%, +19.2 units. Rating = 2*).

While those that plan on betting the ‘total’ should consider the following:

PHILADELPHIA is 26-8 UNDER (+17.2 Units) in home games in October games since 1992. The average score was PHILADELPHIA 20.6, OPPONENT 14.7 - (Rating = 2*).

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