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Houston Texans vs. St. Louis Rams Free Pick, Prediction, and Odds 10/13/13

St. Louis Rams (2-3) at Houston Texans (2-3)

NFL Football: Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 1:00 pm (Reliant Stadium)

The Line: Houston Texans -9 -- Over/Under: 43 See the Latest Odds

TV: FOX

The Houston Texans and the St. Louis Rams face off on Sunday in Houston in an AFC vs. NFC week 6 NFL battle.

The Houston Texans have been one of the more disappointing teams in the NFL this season after fighting injuries the past two years they are finally healthy but the results haven’t been good enough. The Texans offense is averaging 18.6 points and 390.8 yards which is just an indication that they can’t close out drives and turn the ball over too much; they have a -8 turnover differential. QB Matt Schaub is taking the brunt of the blame as he has completed 63.7 percent of his passes with eight touchdowns and nine interceptions while being sacked 12 tomes. Arian Foster is averaging 4.0 yards per carry with a touchdown and he also has 18 catches and Ben Tate is averaging 6.2 yards per carry and he has 11 catches. Andre Johnson leads the Texans with 37 catches but he has failed to catch a touchdown pass, Owen Daniels has 24 catches and three touchdowns, and DeAndre Hopkins has 22 catches. Defensively the Texans allow an NFL best 260.2 yards but a 25th ranked 27.8 points per game with two interceptions, 14 sacks, and 4 fumble recoveries. Brian Cushing has 39 tackles, J.J. Watt has 28 tackles and 3.5 sacks, and Whitney Mercilus has 22 tackles and 4.5 sacks. The Texans have time to turn it around but they can’t afford too many more losses.

Houston Texans vs. St. Louis Rams Free Pick, Prediction, and Odds 10/13/13

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The St. Louis Rams are 2-3 for the season and while they are talented they just seem like a team that have some growing to do. The Rams offense is averaging 20.6 points and 311.6 yards per game and they have a plus 2 turnover ratio. Sam Bradford has completed 58.3 percent of his passes with 10 touchdowns and three interceptions while being sacked 13 times. Daryl Richardson is averaging just 2.9 yards per carry and Zac Stacy averages 5.5 yards per carry in limited action but the Rams haven’t scored a touchdown on the ground. Tavon Austin leads the Rams receivers with 23 catches and two touchdowns, Austin Pettis has 22 catches and four touchdowns, and Jared Cook has 20 catches and two touchdowns. Defensively the Rams are allowing 28.2 points and 382.4 yards per game with three interceptions, 11 sacks, and nine fumble recoveries. James Laurinaitis and Alec Ogletree have 36 tackles each and Rodney McCleod has 26 tackles. The Rams have a ton of talent across the board but being young they make a lot of mistakes.

Houston is 0-6 against the spread in their last six games, 1-4-1 against the spread in their last six home games against a team with a losing road record, and 0-4 against the spread following a game where they didn’t cover the spread. St. Louis is 4-1 against the spread in their last five road games against a team with a losing home record, 6-2 against the spread in their last eight road games, and 1-4 against the spread in their last five games.

Houston is struggling and this looks to be a very generous number considering the state of things for the Texans. 

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St. Louis Rams +9

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